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“… a useful guide for future directors”

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Book Reviews, Commodities, Exploration, Future, Management, Media, Mineral Economics, Mineral Policy, Mining, Publications, Recommended, Strategy

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The book, Strictly (Mining) Boardroom Volume II, by Allan Trench and myself was, this month, positively reviewed by Geoscientist magazine (the members magazine of the Geological Society of London), where it was described as: "An interesting book, a good introduction to the mining sector and no doubt a useful guide for future directors." We'd like to thank the reviewer James…
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Putting the F-word into mineral industry management

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Book Reviews, Management, Media, Mining, Publications

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The F-word is focus. Rounding up the last of the Strictly Boardroom articles on MiningNews.net published in May we come to a plea for focus in mining industry management advisory. I quick browse of the consulting and advisory literature very quickly accumulates into a list of incoherent, jargon-inflected pieces of advice. Our view is to keep it simple. Focus on…
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Royalty reform: Possibility or pipe dream?

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Media, Mineral Economics, Mineral Policy, Publications

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Continuing our catch up on the Strictly Boardroom articles published in May, we tentatively dip our toes into the world of politics; though, at least, in an area, we can claim some prior knowledge, especially with the help of guest columnist, and our very own political consultant, Ian Radisich. We look at the issue of minerals industry taxation, and try…
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What can your country do for you?

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Exploration, Media, Mineral Economics, Mineral Policy, Mining, Publications, Strategy

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Continuing our catch-up on the May Strictly Boardroom articles, that I write with Allan Trench (The University of Western Australia) on MiningNews.net, the next article looks at the different types of mining economy, and what this means for corporate strategy and minerals policy. Borrowing from the World Economic Forum's classification of countries, we break mining economies into three types: factor-driven,…
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Resource curse is a misnomer: achieving resource blessing is the future

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Media, Mineral Economics, Mineral Policy, Mining, Publications

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Catching up on May's Strictly Boardroom articles on MiningNews.net by myself and Allan Trench (The University of Western Australia) the first article of the month tackles the 'resource curse'. The article entitled "Resource curse is a misnomer: achieving resource blessing is the future" looks at contradictory data on the subject produced by the World Bank. When looking at the four…
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