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Sgt. Pepper on business model innovation in minerals

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Future, Management, Media, Mining, Publications, Research, Strategy


Last August, we published a pair of articles on Strictly Boardroom about business model innovation, in both mining and universities (with a fcous on applied resource sector research) inspired by the anniversary of The Beatles groundbreaking ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album. This album not only included a number of ‘technical’ innovations, but led to a business model innovation in the music industry – a switch to making money from albums, rather than touring.

We use this as a context to discuss innovation and the difference between technical and business model innovation, in the first article (‘Side A’) and where the source of business model innovations in the mining-academia nexus may be in the future, in the second article (‘Side B’).

The articles are available to subscribers on, or contact me:

For keen followers of the Strictly Boardroom column, our book “Strictly (Mining) Boardroom Volume II: A Practitioners Guide for Next Generation Directors” was published last year and is available as a paperback or e-book from Major Street Publishing or Amazon. We’re pleased to say that the book received a very positive review in the AusIMM Bulletin and in Geoscientist magazine – the members publication of the Geological Society of London.

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