Organizing for Innovation.
Advanced client-supplier relationships
by Adriano De Maio & Enrico Maggiore
preface by Lucio Stanca
IBM Foundation Book Series
The book was published in 1992 but nevertheless remains an important reference in the theory of management. The book shows the advantages of a codesign relationship between customer and supplier. The key issue is given by the co-innovation and co-development of new products. Some success cases describe the evolution of the customer-supplier relationship in a hi-tech and a medium-tech manufacturing context. Cases reveal the growth opportunities coming from a collaborative model that is based on a systematic exchange of knowledge, information, and intangibles. Competitive advantages are both for clients and suppliers. Finally, the book proposes a reference model of an "advanced customer-supplier relationship". In 1992 the internet didn't exist yet. At that time the most advanced communication technology was EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) that allowed only "point to point" connections. Business cases concern IBM, FIAT, Siemens, Honda, ABB, BTicino, and Alcatel. Read More >
Defining politics and monitoring results
by Gian Carlo Vecchi e Giuseppe Gioioso
Public Function Department Book Series
This handbook represents the result of the Laboratory "Integration of tools for strategic planning and control" promoted by the Public Function Department of the Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers. The book reveals that many cities in Italy use "formal processes" to define politics, strategies, and projects. They also adopt specific tools for the monitoring, control, and evaluation of results. The book underlines the originality and the integration of different configurations adopted in relation to specific strategic and organizational objectives and contexts. Among others, the book describes the case of the City of Caltagirone. In particular, it explores the model of the Strategic Development Plan 2004-2011 developed by InnVenture. The Plan received three national acknowledgments: within the Forum PA (2007 and 2008) and within the Real Estate Expo in Milan (2007).
Expo 2015. A Milanese affair or an opportunity for the country?
by Enrico Maggiore
This article, published in 2011 by the web magazine "Alarm Milan, Hope Milan", proposed an alternative model for the Milan Expo 2015. A project aimed at economic growth and the exploitation of know-how in agriculture. A model that considers international cooperation as the key elements of the event. In these terms, an exposition of technology and R&D results in agriculture is considered more effective than a “party for food and kitchen”. The article also proposed a strong involvement of Italian regions in several food security initiatives that meet the needs of developing countries. These initiatives should have started as early as 2011. Finally, two goals are assigned to the city of Milan: to return being the driving force of the Italian economy and to show the world its key cultural elements: concreteness and solidarity.
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Silicon Solutions. Helping plants to help themselves. A holistic review
by Edward Bent
There is a large body of scientific research and knowledge on the benefits to plants of an adequate supply of silicon, yet few books (if any) have attempted to transform the resulting academic information into a form more accessible to the practical interests and needs of growers and agronomists. As such it is the first of its type. Of particular note, it also emphasizes the important contributions that silicon can make to improving the internal quality of produce and its post-harvest characteristics in terms of nutritional value, packing, transport, storage, and distribution.
The effects of silicon on plants cannot be considered separately from its influence on soil structure, soil microorganisms and in the context of plant stress dynamics – because silicon has beneficial effects in ALL of these areas. The work is divided into sections addressed to agricultural, horticultural and floricultural crops together with a series of tables showing positive results obtained from the use of silicon. It is written in a straightforward style and is amply illustrated.
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Sustainable strategies to revive the city center
by Carlo Alberto Maggiore
Ragusa is the chief town of the southernmost province of Italy and one of the eight towns in south-eastern Sicily that in 2002 have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List for the innovation of their urban plans and the architectural values of their late Baroque monuments.
The book concerns the regeneration of the historic center of Ragusa Superiore, the "new town" built on a higher plateau after the earthquake which destroyed the old city in 1693. More in-depth, the book deals with the results of an extensive program of study and design experience on the city and its environment that the Municipality of Ragusa is developing together with the Polytechnic of Milan, in view of its general urban plan revision.