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Our reports bring together key insights from our survey data, interviews with industry leaders and expertise from our team.

We get to the heart of what the resources industry is saying

State of Play provide independent analysis and research that other reports just don’t capture. We are forward looking – examining where industry is heading and what strategy and innovation businesses are employing that will keep them ahead of the curve.

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Effective strategy execution and business design for competitive advantage

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I have a lot of reports that cross my desk from analysts, to have that level of insight, where you actually go and speak with executive management, where you go and speak with senior business leaders. For them to provide unfiltered, unadulterated feedback is really powerful.

Buru Energy CEO Thomas Nador
Thomas Nador

CEO Buru Energy

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Critical Minerals an Industry Perspective

Critical Minerals: An Industry Perspective

This report aims to outline how Australia can rapidly increase the global supply of critical minerals. Thirteen recommendations are provided through three different, but highly interrelated lenses: Geo-strategy, financing, and economic development.
Fuel the future: whats next for oil and gas

Fuelling the future: What’s next for Oil and Gas?

This report looks at four external scenarios and four business strategies based on oil and gas companies grappling with decarbonisation pressures and future energy demands.
The Electric Mine Consortium Case Study

The Electric Mine Consortium: A Case Study on Transformative Collaboration

In the short time since the EMC was established by State of Play, the drive for change in the broader resources sector has accelerated. The largest global companies are investing directly in low emissions technology or working collectively to source solutions. The EMC is emerging as a key vehicle for the decarbonisation of the mining industry, particularly for underground operations, and will remain responsive to the rapidly changing external environment.
State of Play Delivery Volume 5

State of Play - Delivery Report 2022

This report looks at the practical impact of the external world’s unpredictability and how the industry continues to push forward. Leaders must consider both the rapid advancement of technology, the changing expectations and capabilities of their workforce, and how to integrate the best of each to overcome the inherent complexity of implementing innovation.
State of Play Strategy Volume 5

State of Play - Strategy Report 2021

Strategy appears glamorous. It is a game, pitting one entity against the world, conjuring old-school images of grand military planning and execution. In reality it is complex, dynamic, and imperfect. Formulating strategy is a complex combination of organic growth and deliberate decision-making. Today, mining strategists grapple with more complex global markets, rapid technology development, new ways of operating at every stage of the value chain and more external scrutiny than ever before.
State of Play Ecosystem Volume 5

State of Play - Ecosystem Report 2021

Nearly a decade after our first survey, we are proud to deliver State of Play’s fifth biennial report, holding true to the original aim of helping natural resources businesses better understand strategy and innovation in their industry. This report is being released at an inflection point for both the industry and our business. Covid-19 has condensed 15 years of change in work practices into one.
State of Play Electrification

State of Play – Electrification Report 2021

Mine electrification is a foundation enabler for the clean energy transformation of mine sites. The mining industry sees it as one of the most pressing transformation imperatives for the industry, facilitating precision automation and the digitisation of mine operations, whilst improving environmental and health outcomes.
State of Play Cybersecurity

State of Play – Cybersecurity Report 2020

In a world-first, we dive deep into the question of safeguarding data and digital infrastructure in global natural resources industries, and uncover the strategic responses mining and services companies are responding to the prescient cyber threat.


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