Transport sector sees no need for innovation

31 January 2008
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31 January 2008 | Paul Snell

Logistics and transport suppliers are unconcerned with innovation, a study has found.

A survey, published this week by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), found only one in 10 firms believe "creativity and inventiveness" is a top priority for the sector. And just over a quarter believe that it is "important".

"Questions need to be asked about how UK organisations will be able to manage in the future, if they fail to address key operational issues," said Jo Causon, director of marketing and corporate affairs at the CMI. "Rather than focusing on 'what should be done today' the inability to plan properly might lead to questions of a more critical nature: 'What opportunities have I missed?' or worse, 'How did the organisation not see that coming?'."

In addition, only 22 per cent of respondents said it was a priority for them to "keep abreast of technological change". And just 11 per cent of the 1175 workers surveyed thought effective use of IT and communications was one of the biggest challenges for firms.

Only 51 per cent of firms thought dealing with regulation that affects the sector was a "necessity".


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