How automation can help us through a crisis

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One of the downsides of globalisation is that a crisis that starts in one part of the world can easily spread to other parts of the world. This is a result of how interdependent we have become. It is therefore important that organisations do not only look at the positive sides of globalisation, but ensure that they remain in a state of readiness to deal with the potential downsides. Being in a state of readiness for when calamity hits is a crucial leadership issue. When the Covid-19 crisis hit the world, many organisations were caught off-guard. Clearly very few can say that they were in a state of readiness.

Brave Inflexions has had a conversation with Lenore Kerrigan from UiPath on how technology, and in particular Robotic Process Automation (RPA), can help organisations to become more agile and be in a better position to deal with crises.

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The word ‘collusion’ has its roots in Latin. The Latin prefix col-, meaning “together,” and the verb ludere, “to play,” come together to form collude. The related noun collude has the specific meaning “secret agreement or cooperation.” (Mirriam Webster dictionary). The Collins dictionary defines collusion as “to act together through a secret understanding, esp. with evil or harmful intent”.

On the face of it, it seems clear that there would need to be a conversation of sorts to reach an agreement to cooperate. The question that is plaguing me however is whether the need for a verbal conversation or written agreement is necessary to enter a collusion. Could you have two or more players playing together without any meeting, secret or not, and without a verbal or written agreement to cooperate?

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