The Greenfields Research Blog

Greenfields Research is the trading name of independent mining economist, John P. Sykes. This blog contains some of our latest research papers and just general news from the industry.

“… 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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Culture, leadership and other ‘soft skills’ in minerals exploration

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Exploration, Management, Publications, Research

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Earlier this year, Allan Trench (The University of Western Australia) presented some of our thoughts on culture and leadership in minerals exploration at the AMIRA Exploration Managers' Conference. The few comments from historically successful mineral explorers, such as Roy Woodall and David Lowell, that are recorded in the literature suggest the culture and leadership are important. However, there seems to…
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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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