|Project name:||Review of the BHP Billiton approach to innovation in its mining services supply chain in Chile has relevance to Africa|
The BHP Billiton (BHPB) Cluster-Programme in Chile is a strikingly novel initiative for developing more innovation-intensive links between the company’s core mining operations and local suppliers in its host economy. It involves the application of well known principles of innovation system thinking and unusually a substantial investment in creating a demand for innovation as well as the more usual support to the supply of such innovations. The programme originated as a way of addressing industrial challenges in Chile, but it is also a component of BHPB’s corporate social responsibility activities and this maps closely on to new perspectives about effectiveness in that area.
|Start date:||March 2011|
|Team members:||Andrew Barnett (team leader)|