Moving from the lab to the practical world

There is constant research going on in government, university and corporate labs but we are left wondering how much of it is actually commercialized.  By most estimates only a small proportion ever is.  Presumably the rest sits on the shelf in the hope or expectation that someone, someday will find a use for it.  Too often we expectContinue reading “Moving from the lab to the practical world”

Putting productivity into perspective

I read yet another column in the Globe and Mail that states that productivity improvement is the key to the future.  This productivity improvement was also the key for lower wage earners and the sustainability of a middle class.  That may be true depending on where the productivity improvement comes from.  If there is an increase inContinue reading “Putting productivity into perspective”

Where does Canada fit in a global economy?

As a country we have not been successful in building companies that have been successful in a global marketplace.  We have also been concerned about our inability to grow companies into strong mid or large market competitors.  There is a relationship between these two issues.  Canada is not a large market that is capabable ofContinue reading “Where does Canada fit in a global economy?”

What to do for the next ten to twenty years

Increasingly we are reading and hearing about major structural changes that are taking place in the global economy.  These changes are apparent in the weakness in Western economies while developing economies are still growing.  The seemingly permanent nature of some unemployment in the developed countries as manufacturing has moved offshore.  Some previously safe activities inContinue reading “What to do for the next ten to twenty years”