21
Jun

Seven Types of Flowers

Midsummer. In Sweden, Midsummer’s Eve is arguably the second most important holiday, only outshined by perhaps Christmas. Taking place on the Friday closest to the summer solstice, Midsummer’s Eve is a day of playfulness, friends and love (plus food and snaps, of course). During the day, Maypoles are decorated with birch leaves and flowers, celebrating the shift in season. Children …

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17
May

Meeting climate change with a broad perspective

Today Stockholm sees its first day in over a week without clear skies and peak temperatures above 20’C. In May. By meteorological standards, summer arrived as early as April 21st in Stockholm – something that has only happened three times before since measurements started in the late 1700’s. Is this in itself a sign of climate change? Perhaps not – …

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3
May

The end of Retail Business as we know it?

Since the dawn of e-commerce, experts have predicted the death of physical retail. Nevertheless, physical stores still serve a purpose. We think that digitization of the retail business should be considered as an opportunity for physical stores, rather than a threat. In Swedish e-commerce, the hottest debate right now is what the impact will be when Amazon establishes in the …

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26
Apr

The role of Intellectual Property Rights in Innovation

Today is the World Intellectual Property Day. It is a day to emphasize the role that intellectual property rights play in innovation and creativity. This year, focus is directed towards brilliant, ingenious, curious and courageous women who have driven change in our world and helped shaping our common future. When I read about this years theme I come to think …

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12
Apr

SAM Tools and How We Use Them

Have you ever had a hard time changing the mind-set or work process at your workplace? Dare to try in practice – SAM Principle With our principles in mind, SAM has developed  a set of simple yet effective tools that help us challenge how our clients work and perhaps more importantly, how they reflect on their work. Through activity based …

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29
Mar

Applying Principles to Everyday Life: Easter Edition

A long time ago, a Danish prince caught in a vicious family feud uttered the famous words: “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – Hamlet, Shakespeare At SAM, our core philosophy is inspired by these words and we always work with our way of thinking. We call it the Thinking Model where Principles govern …

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13
Mar

Customer Viewpoint Improvement Groups

Starting individual continuous improvement groups does not necessarily lead to improvements for the customer or throughout the flow. It can even take longer time to get the entire flow connected and synchronized in its enhancement efforts if there is only a small group of people involved first. To speed up the entire flow, especially in cases where the flow is …

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8
Mar

International Women’s Day 2018

How do we get better at equal treatment and at the same time better at allowing for individual differences? Do we need to talk more, or perhaps less, about differences between men and women? Is cleaning up the language enough or do we also need to work on changing the way people think? These and other questions are a part …

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