Business Studies 1 Survey

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I have just received the results from the survey of first semester Business Studies 1 students. If I was tempted to bat away the negative criticisms of the Operations Management element of the course I could…

Innovative Learning Week

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Next week is Innovative Learning week across the University: it is not a holiday, it is not even just a hiatus from lectures to allow students to catch up on coursework; it should be a chance…

I Could Eat a Scabby Horse…

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There is an ongoing crisis in the meat industry over the substitution of horsemeat for beef in manufactured products, which, so far, has reached its nadir with the news that Findus beef lasagne is 0% cow…

Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

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The Francis report into the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust was published last week and is available online. The Stafford Hospital scandal became public in 2009 when the Healthcare Commission published a report investigating much  higher…

Student Experience Survey

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In the past the Business School has had difficulty persuading final-year students to complete The National Student Survey. Each year the launching of the survey overlaps with the submission of honours dissertations, so students may have…

The Edinburgh Apprentice 2013

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iCue is a student society encouraging students at the University of Edinburgh to engage with the world of business. Each year they have a student-run Apprentice competiton. I have been asked by one of the students…

Nate Silver’s “Signal and the Noise”

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Nate Silver is famous for the accuracy of his predictions of US election results. His book The Signal and the Noise addresses prediction methods across a very wide front to develop his core arguments: that forecasts…

Randomised Control Trials in Operations

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I was reminded by Ben Goldacre’s excellent erudite discussion on Radio 4 last week on the role of randomised control trials (RCT) in the development of public policy that the importance of RCTs in operations management…

Fulfillment: Amazon’s Operations

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Earlier in the year we had a fascinating talk to our MBA class from John Abate of Amazon in Dunfermline. A long time ago I was involved in developing control systems for distribution systems and the…

MBA Student Survey Results

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The students’ survey responses for the MBA core Operations Management course that ran last semester have been collated. To accentuate the positive, the course is more popular than the government, but the government is not very…