Recently I listened to a brief but intriguing item onNational Radio about the burgeoning technology of 3D printing. The item wascentred around Maurice Williamson’s border control concerns when it came topreventing the production of illegal firearms and illicit drugs. Inparticular, he said that "if people could print off … sheets of ecstasy tabletsat the party they’re at at that time, that just completely takes away ourborder protection role in its known sense".
Two months ago I wrote about an international study on the importance of management to business and economic performance (Dominion Post, 17 April 2010). I concluded by saying that it would be nice to see how the management of New Zealand firms compared with those in other countries. What I did not know was that the Ministry of Economic Development had already commissioned the same research team to replicate the research in New Zealand and that they were just about to release their report: Management Matters in New Zealand – How does manufacturing measure up?
Improving the productivity of the New Zealand economy is often touted as the key to raising our standard of living from itscurrent position in the bottom half of the OECD. Grasping the "work smarter,not harder" mantra would seem to be particularly apt for a country whereaverage working hours are among the longest in the world.