Tagged: management

Management and productivity: An interview with Nicholas Bloom - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Jan 05, 2015

The following comes from an interview with Stanford University economist Nicholas Bloom available online at "Econ Focus", the economics magazine of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.EF: Another branch of your research has focused on how management practices affect firm and country productivity. Why do you think management practices are so important?Bloom: My personal … Read More

Pratchett on becoming a manager: this too for scientists - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 09, 2014

I frequently hear or read of senior scientists bemoaning that they no longer do science, but manage. That in becoming a PI (principle investigator) working life has become dominated by paperwork, coordinating things and meetings. Pratchett puts moving up career ladder to management responsibilities so eloquently in Night Watch (2002, hardback, p24) through the mind of … Read More

Better water quality won’t happen overnight … but it must happen - Waiology

Waiology Dec 18, 2013

By Jenny Webster-Brown If we cannot stop ongoing water quality degradation, and effectively restore degraded water environments, we stand to lose much that we value about New Zealand and our way of life. We will lose recreational opportunities, fisheries and our reputation for primary produce from a “clean” environment. We will lose functioning ecosystems, the ecosystem services they provide … Read More

Impacts of climate change on water quality - Waiology

Waiology Dec 16, 2013

By Daniel Collins Climate change goes beyond warmer weather and more extreme floods and droughts. Effects are expected to include changes to the water quality of our rivers and lakes as well. This has implications for the vulnerability and sensitivity of freshwater ecosystems, as well as water quality limit-setting and catchment nutrient management. These issues, and more, were discussed … Read More

Overcoming obstacles to setting water quality limits - Waiology

Waiology Nov 22, 2013

By Ned Norton and Helen Rouse In the previous Waiology series on Water governance, we referred to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPSFM) (2011) requirement to set limits for water quantity and quality. So, how are councils getting on with limit-setting? In May 2012 we surveyed planners for regional councils to find out how their … Read More

Science and policy merge in water plan - Waiology

Waiology Nov 20, 2013

By Paul Reynolds Recently the government released proposals for a national framework for setting freshwater objectives, including bottom lines for ecosystem and human health (for secondary contact). It has had an unusual reaction. For the first time in my memory, we have had stakeholders from all quarters pretty much in strenuous non-disagreement with one another – in support of … Read More

Managing nitrogen in the Lake Taupo catchment - Waiology

Waiology Nov 13, 2013

By Bill Vant and Jon Palmer More than 10 years ago, the Waikato Regional Council became concerned about the effects of increasing catchment loads of nitrogen on the water quality of Lake Taupo. Calculations showed that most (>90%) of the manageable nitrogen entering the lake came from areas of pasture in the catchment. A variation to the Waikato Regional … Read More

Why freshwater management needs to include estuaries - Waiology

Waiology Nov 11, 2013

By Malcolm Green There is a widespread view that cumulative effects – those effects that build up over time or that occur in combination with other effects – are the Achilles heel of the Resource Management Act. Back in 2010, the Land and Water Forum, echoing previous legal commentary, argued that limits are the solution: “without limits it is … Read More

Proposed national bottom lines for water quality - Waiology

Waiology Nov 08, 2013

By Daniel Collins The Government recently released a new round of freshwater reform proposals. A significant part of them included additions to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management with regards to water quality. The NPSFM currently directs Councils to undergo a process of setting limits for water quality degradation, but neither the process nor consistent numerical targets … Read More

Book review: The Year Without Pants - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Sep 02, 2013

If sometimes you wonder whether everything possible hasn’t already been written about startups, business, software startups, software businesses and so on (ad nauseum), you wouldn’t be alone. Certainly, the industry which examines this seems pretty healthily active. Books, lectures, blawgs,… Read more › … Read More

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