Race against the machine: who will thrive in the era of digital transformation?

By Brad Howarth

In 2010, sales of recorded music in physical formats earned $431 million in retail sales in Australia. But fast-forward to 2015 and those sales have plummeted to just $205 million. These figures, from the report Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook 2015-2019 by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), illustrate a story very familiar to anyone in the media, entertainment and publishing industries.

What Australian businesses really think about the future of work

Seventy per cent of Australian business people believe that new technologies will eliminate jobs currently performed by humans at their company, but interestingly 69.38 per cent of the same participants didn’t believe it will be their job that is at risk.

One of Australia’s leading recruitment and HR service providers, Davidson, conducted a national survey of business people from a cross-section of industries and roles to determine exactly what Australian business people really think about the future of work.

The good news is you don’t need to change the world in 2016

2015 ended with new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing the Government’s $1.1 billion National Science and Innovation Agenda, designed to provide a new focus for the economy and spark a so-called ideas boom. Science is being supported, risk-taking incentivised and tertiary education institutions are being encouraged to commercialise, rather than simply publish research. So far, so good.

Inspired? Or still wondering how it all really applies to you?

An innovation recourse for the human resource

By Hamish Williams

While it may be increasingly difficult for organisations to achieve competitive advantage through cost, service and quality, the good news is that sustainable advantage is also available through innovation. While no single innovation lasts forever, what can last for a long time is the advantage created by fostering what the Australian Institute of Management has called “superior systematic innovation capability.”


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