Supply/demand everywhere

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Working  with public officials in Tyumen region of Russia highlighted the still-wider generic nature of the systems that strategy and policy try to design and operate well. Every commercial business serves customers with products or services and do so using capacity of various kinds operated by staff. Customers drive demand (sales and revenue), there may be a cost-of-goods, and capacity + staff drive the supply the business can deliver at some cost.

The surprise in venturing out of the corporate world into other sectors is how universal these relationships are. ...

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Talking to UN/WTO on Aid for Trade

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Giving a 1-hour talk on June 3 to Intracen on modeling to increase impact of Aid for Trade. Will share what happens. Turns out that this approach is offering a simple theory of how the trade system actually functions – traders generate demand to export goods (services are different), which have to pass through borders at which capacity is determined by physical and staffing constraints. In developing environments, ‘negative’ factors disable some part ...

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Aid for Trade

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Some UK Aid aims to boost Trade to help cut poverty. Videos + models at http://sdl.re/AidForTradeVideos show how planning and managing Aid for Trade could be enhanced using strategy dynamics principles. [From a pilot study for DFID, the UK Dept for International Development. Many other Aid agencies also work on Aid for Trade]

Three things need to work for small scale exporters to trade [a] Access : ports or border crossings, roads or other links to get there …[b] Capacity : buildings ...

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