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12 January 2017

Good growth for cities: an international perspective

By Nick C Jones The start of a New Year gives the opportunity for a new perspective. And that’s why I was delighted to be asked to Bergen (Norway) to discuss our research on good growth for cities at the Bergenskonferansen. Does the UK public’s definition of economic success at...

08 December 2016

Five megatrends and their implications for global defense and security

By Tom Modly Global megatrends - macroeconomic and geostrategic forces - are shaping our world, and our collective futures, in profound ways and could have disruptive effects on defense and security environments world-wide. The shift of economic power from West to East increases the challenge of protecting global supply chains....

02 November 2016

Three ways for policy to empower the next generation

By David Tran, John Hawksworth & Nick C Jones Every person is born with potential. The key is how to unlock that potential. So, how can policymakers provide opportunities that empower young people to take ownership over their own future outcomes? Our new research shows that we are missing out...

12 October 2016

The art of the possible: Machine learning - A driving force in government technology

By Scott Penberthy In today’s digital age, where new technologies and changing behaviours continue to feed citizens’ expectations, public sector organizations need to take advantage of digital disruption and reimagine their technology models by exploring the art of the possible. To keep pace with these demands for more agile experiences...

29 September 2016

Is Lean the sustainable face of service improvement and cost reduction in the public sector?

By Haneef Chagani We often hear terms such as citizen-centric, innovative, efficient and service-oriented in the context of governments and public sector organizations delivering services to citizens. But are governments and public sector organizations truly efficient and delivering on the customer promise in a sustainable way? Rapidly changing economic conditions,...

08 September 2016

Cities of Opportunity: spotlight on liveability, a key differentiator

By Hazem Galal In an ever changing global context cities are competing for investments, talent and financial flows. The urban competitiveness of any city strongly depends, among other factors, on delivering a quality of life environment that equals, or ideally exceeds, the nearest alternative. This means providing services that citizens...

22 August 2016

An Australian snapshot of economic crime in the public sector

By Cassandra Michie The vast majority of economic crime in Australia falls into the ‘Big 5’ categories: asset misappropriation, procurement fraud, bribery and corruption, cybercrime, and accounting fraud. Asset misappropriation remains the most prevalent economic crime for government, and for all industries globally, accounting for 55 per cent of all...

19 July 2016

The Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympic Games: A lasting legacy?

By Hazem Galal Cities and countries compete to host mega events such as the Olympics, World Cup or Expo with the aspiration to develop a legacy. When Rio de Janeiro won the right to organize the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in October 2009, the prospects and aspirations were very...

13 July 2016

Financing major projects in turbulent times: why government must prioritise, streamline and renegotiate – and be prepared to invest and innovate

By Richard Abadie Perhaps more than ever before, today’s global environment for major public infrastructure projects is characterised by uncertainty and volatility. As a result, governments involved in these projects face a range of pressing questions: which projects to press ahead with, which to close down, how to keep costs...

22 June 2016

Cities as launch pads for digital transformation

By Laurent Probst & Laurent Frideres Cities and regions are entering a new era of transformation. A digital transformation embracing social, economic, urban, mobility, educational, technological and cultural changes. But how can this transformation be activated, turning policy into delivery? This is explored in a report produced by the Strategic...