9 Startups Changing the Fabric of Fashion

Consumers increasingly demand products that cruelty-free and sustainable, but with no compromise in quality. As ethically minded consumers become aware of how materials are obtained and demand another kind of change for their dollar, diverse businesses around the world are lining up to cash in on vegan leather enterprises. Many companies — among them Land Rover, Tesla and H&M … Read more

How the ‘tyranny of distance’ affects the Australian economy

Technology may have reduced transport and communication costs, giving us instant communication around the world, and turning manufacturing into a network of global supply chains stretching across nations. But my recent research with Marie-Claire Robitaillefound that Australia’s distance from Europe and the United States still imposes enormous costs on our exports. We found the impact of … Read more

3D Printing For Dummies (ebook)

Authors: Kalani Kirk Hausman and Richard Horne 3D printing is no longer just a figment of your imagination. This remarkable technology is coming to the masses with the growing availability of 3D printers. 3D printers create 3-dimensional layered models and they allow users to create prototypes that use multiple materials and colors. This friendly but … Read more

21st Century Corporate Citizenship : A Practical Guide to Delivering Value to Society and your Business (ebook)

Authors: Dave Stangis and Katherine Valvoda Smith A practical guide to building a successful business in the modern day. It is a book about leveraging all the tools, trends and assets at the disposal of business to drive bottom-line results, value chain resiliency, productivity, innovation, long-term shareowner value, and benefit for the community. This is … Read more

Beyond the gloomy headlines, this global index suggests manufacturing is in good shape

Economic data released this week has provided some good news for the global economy. The Purchasing Manager Indexes (PMI) from around the world show manufacturing is at above long term averages or at multi-year highs. The data suggests that economic growth will follow. Buoyed by low interest rates, and the prospects of government stimulus, firms … Read more

Sydney startup Inamo draws global attention after helping Visa make pay-wave sunglasses

“A Sydney startup that is developing wearable payment technology has found itself at the centre of global attention after Visa asked it to collaborate in the development of pay-wave sunglasses. Inamo, a founding startup at Stone & Chalk, had just raised $1 million to launch a pay-and-go watch when Visa knocked on its door in … Read more

New research resource available for entrepreneurs!

We currently have a short trial of the ProQuest Entrepreneurship Database. This database bridges theory with practice, covering a wide spectrum of resources useful to educators, researchers, students and practitioners. Content ranges from the scholarly – including journals, dissertations, working papers and conference proceedings – to a full toolkit of practical guides, templates, forms, sample … Read more

High-performing manufacturers: Where they play and how they win

“No one has to tell manufacturing company executives that it’s getting tougher to differentiate themselves and compete successfully—they feel the pressure every day. Rapid globalization, technological advancements, changing consumer preferences, and evolving government policies are reshaping the manufacturing industry, exponentially accelerating the pace of competition and continually raising the bar on company performance.” Read more Deloitte … Read more

The Australian manufacturing industry is not dying, it’s evolving: CSIRO study

“Despite the well publicised closure of some manufacturing sectors in Australia, manufacturing isn’t dying. Instead, like industry around the world, it’s undergoing a period of significant change as new, disruptive technologies and economic realities take hold and new markets emerge. There is a role for the manufacturing sector in Australia. Through interviews with 56 stakeholders, three … Read more