Practice what we Teach for Smarter Operations with Unimarket CEO Peter Kane
“Higher ed needs to eat its own dog food,” says Peter Kane, CEO of e-procurement firm Unimarket. This idea of dog-fooding, the concept that institutions practice extensively in their own operations what they teach in the classroom, has proved to be a challenge in higher education. When we run into internal operational challenges, can we honestly say that we’re as adaptable institutionally as we like to think we are? This week on the show, Unimarket CEO Peter Kane joins us to share his experience working with innovators in higher education who strive to be as good operationally as they are in the classroom. “Why shouldn’t it be as good internally as we’re trying to produce externally?” says Kane. “[Institutions] talk about themselves as if it’s really hard work, making change, and yet at the same time are keen to make change for themselves.” This week on the show, we share the perspective from an experienced practitioner in helping institutions implement change, transform operations, and develop long-term technology solutions that drive toward internal excellence across our teams. About Peter J. Kane CEO, Unimarket Peter was a partner with global accounting and consulting firm KPMG for 10 years including 5 years leading the management consulting practice in New Zealand. He was subsequently Senior Vice President for South Asia Pacific for global consulting firm BearingPoint, which focused on business transformation, operations improvement and technology implementation. Peter has held senior executive contract roles for large New Zealand organisations under-going significant change, including a national rural services company and national telecommunications business. He has also advised businesses on shareholding restructurings and acquisition and divestment strategy. In 2008 Peter invested in and joined the Board of technology start-up Unimarket where he has held the CEO position since 2011. Peter is a shareholder and director of a group of recruitment companies and also serves on the Board of Save The Children New Zealand. Links & Notes
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