How resource scarcity is driving the third Industrial Revolution | McKinsey & Company

Managers – The authors of the new book Resource Revolution argue that high resource prices are spurring innovations powerful enough to unlock a new phase of global economic growth. A McKinsey & Company article.

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Managers –  McKinsey   “

What managers need to know  –  Matt Rogers: We went for almost a hundred years where each year, on average, commodity prices got cheaper. So if you were a manager, you kind of had a little advantage because next year, the commodity price inputs were going to be about 2 percent cheaper. And you could get about 1 percent or 2 percent better in your performance and be just fine.

We’re now going into a period where managerially you have to be able to see things coming from wholly different directions. You have to see your neighboring industry showing up in your industry. You have to see trends that are coming at you at 20 percent per annum change rather than 2 percent or 3 percent per annum change. You have to be able to do substitution of materials very fast so that you avoid the high-risk ones and you capture much lower-risk ones. You have to create these kinds of circular chains where you can recycle a lot of the material that you produce so that it doesn’t cost you nearly as much. For example, “I need to bring software and embed it into my hardware.”

Stefan Heck: You need a mixture of talent. You need not only mechanical engineers but chemical engineers, software engineers, electrical engineers, people who understand psychophysics and human behavior.

But beyond just the skill sets, the real challenge is that the complexity of the device has increased. So making the trade-offs between the disciplines, between the different features, has become more complicated.

The thinking really has to expand. It has to expand beyond the traditional industry that you’re in, because you have to suddenly include innovations and changes that come from your suppliers. You have to include changes in the rest of the ecosystem that your product gets deployed in.”

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