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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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The energy transition: A mining and exploration industry perspective

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Conferences, Exploration, Future, Mineral Economics, Mineral Policy, Mining, PhD, Publications, Research, Strategy

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Earlier in the year, I presented an abstract at the World Renewable Energy Congress, here in Perth. It was a different audience to my usual mining crowd, but nonetheless I think the presentation was of interest and seemed to generate more than a few questions. The presentation was entitled "The energy transition: A mining and exploration industry perspective". It covered…
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Australian gold industry: Where does geoscience meet mineral economics?

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Exploration, Future, Mineral Economics, Mining, PhD, Publications, Recommended, Research

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At the end of last year, Allan Trench (Professor of Risk and Value at the Centre of Exploration Targeting) presented the early stages of some excellent research on the Australian gold industry at the CET Members Day. I am pleased to be involved in the very periphery of this research and am always happy to give it a little promotion.…
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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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