March 8, 2017

Alpha Transport: A Little Digital Goes a Long Way

By: David Flake, VCI Business Development Manager Introduction Trucking is the life blood of the U.S. economy and tends to be a leading indicator of its health. The trucking industry is a cyclical sector that includes about 110,000 for-hire carriers and 350,000 independent owner-operators. There are many critical issues for the industry including regulations like Hours-Of-Service (HOS) and the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, and challenges around driver shortages, retention, health/wellness and distraction, and even the lack of available safe truck parking. With many uncertainties about the future, it’s imperative […]
May 31, 2016

VCI State Of Play Report – 2013

There have been a large number of reports on innovation across all geographies and industries, however, the mining industry has been largely overlooked.
May 31, 2016

VCI Innovation Report

Mining Innovation State of Play was initiated three years ago by VCI in partnership with The University of Western Australia. The ambition was to create a platform to support industry discussion of innovation and performance...
May 31, 2016

State Of Play Report – 2014

The mining industry is reliant upon an ecosystem of suppliers, service providers, start-ups, research institutions, governments and asset owners as a source of innovation.
March 31, 2016

VCI Sector Performance: Oil & Gas, March 2016

VCI Sector Performance: highlights the performance of the oil & gas industry year-to-date (x-axis) and the performance of the 11 months prior to March 2016.
March 29, 2016

Sector Performance Analysis: Mining, March 2016

Highlights the Sector Performance Analysis of the mining industry year-to-date (x-axis) and the performance of the 11 months prior to March 2015.
March 29, 2016

Scenarios are Growing Alongside Digital

Scenarios are one of the most powerful tools available for the development of any strategic plan. With the wide adoption of the Elastic Cloud, the rise of Intelligent Indexing, and Machine Learning Systems and Artificial Intelligence (AI)...
March 17, 2016

VCI Sector Performance: Mining, Oil & Gas

Shares of major diversified mining companies were down on average 5% since the beginning of the year. So far the mining industry has lost US$ 1.4 trillion of shareholder value. Its like losing the total market value of Apple, Google...
March 17, 2016

Scenario Based Strategy Key to Mining Survival

The current mass retrenchments in mining gives us reason to worry because so much political stability is built on economic stability, and South Africa is not doing too well on either side of the equation. The global mining crisis couldn't be any graver...
March 17, 2016
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South Africa’s Coal Industry Faces Dire Future

Coal is currently considered a dirty commodity, and as a result countries like South Africa, and its coal miners and energy suppliers like Eskom, which are still reliant on coal, need to rethink their long-term strategies.
Paul Leonardi's Bio

Paul Leonardi is the Duca Family Professor of Technology Management at UC Santa Barbara. He holds appointments in the Technology Management Program (TMP) and the Department of Communication. He is also the Investment Group of Santa Barbara Founding Director of the Master of Technology Management Program.

Dr. Leonardi’s research, teaching, and consulting focus on helping companies to create and share knowledge more effectively. He is interested in how implementing new technologies and harnessing the power of informal social networks can help companies take advantage of their knowledge assets to create innovative products and services.

He has authored dozens of articles that have appeared in top journals across the fields of management, organization studies, communication studies, and information systems research. He is also the author of three books on innovation and organizational change. He has won major awards for his research from the Academy of Management, the American Sociological Association, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Association for Information Systems, the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the National Science Foundation.

Over the past decade, he has consulted with for-profit and non-profit organizations about how to improve communication between departments, how to use social technologies to improve internal knowledge sharing, how to structure global product development operations, and how to manage the human aspects of new technology implementation.

Before coming to UCSB, Dr. Leonardi worked at Northwestern University on the faculties of the School of Communication, the McCormick School of Engineering, and the Kellogg School of Management. He received his Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering from the Center for Work, Technology, and Organization at Stanford University.

Willem Buhrmann's Bio


Willem Buhrmann is an experienced mining professional that has extensive African and international experience in project management, strategy implementation and corporate finance. Willem was previously Business Development Manager (Africa) for Rio Tinto Energy and more recently consulted to the wider mining industry including majors and a variety of juniors. He holds degrees in finance (Chartered Accountant) and the legal world (LL.B.)

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