Monthly Archives: June 2016

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    Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive – Book Review

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive – Book Review

Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive. Charles Duhigg. William Heinemann. 2016.

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This is a self-help book. The clue is in the title, which promises to make the committed reader ‘smarter, faster, better’. Another clue is in the subtitle that, displaying the genre’s penchant for coating its nostrums in the sheen of science, pledges to reveal the […]

Management lessons from Donald Trump’s campaign reboot

Donald Trump has had some rough spots in his campaign. He damaged his credibility early on as a candidate by making a string of confusing and ill-advised statements about punishing women who have an abortion and expressing scant concern about nuclear proliferation. His campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, has been dogged by charges that he assaulted a Breitbart reporter in […]

Mixed fortunes for private equity

Private equity is at a crossroads. A once carefree industry, it is increasingly assailed by regulators and investors demanding lower fees, higher returns and greater financial transparency. Valuations, having risen sharply, may have peaked; the average price paid for assets by US buyout firms in 2015 was 22.4 times earnings, according to data from Bloomberg. The buyout industry had […]

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    Foreign investors love Britain – but Brexit would end the affair

Foreign investors love Britain – but Brexit would end the affair

Foreign direct investment (FDI) comprises investments from outside a country to set up new establishments, expand existing ones or purchase local companies. According to government body UK Trade & Investment, the UK has an estimated stock of over £1 trillion of FDI, and only the United States and China have more. About half of this stock of FDI is […]

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    How to avoid a product recall? Test, test, and test some more

How to avoid a product recall? Test, test, and test some more

Randall Goodden’s business is advising companies on how to survive product liability lawsuits and recalls. He thinks the recent rise in recalls is being driven by regulators in “overkill mode.” But he has blunt advice for businesses seeking to avert the financial and reputational losses that flow from a recall: take pains to avoid putting out a defective product […]

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    Tower Hamlets attracts more equity deals than Edinburgh and Manchester combined

Tower Hamlets attracts more equity deals than Edinburgh and Manchester combined

The number of announced equity investments into UK-headquartered non-listed companies dropped significantly between the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2015 and the first quarter (Q1) of 2016 – from 314 to 280. We could claim the drop is not relevant, since it applies to a comparison between different seasons. But equity investments also fell between Q1 2015 and Q1 2016 […]

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    Brexit could bring a potential catastrophe for the UK financial sector

Brexit could bring a potential catastrophe for the UK financial sector

The June 2016 Centre for Macroeconomics (CFM) survey of experts asked for views on the impact of the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union for the country’s financial sector. Almost all panel members thought that a vote for Brexit would lead to a significant disruption to financial markets and asset prices for several months, which would put […]

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    Less trade and lower living standards in the UK: the price of Brexit

Less trade and lower living standards in the UK: the price of Brexit

There are many issues that will weigh in the minds of UK voters in the run-up to the referendum on membership of the European Union (EU) on 23 June. Many people feel that they are oppressed by a remote, undemocratic super-state that can over-rule UK laws. Others believe that the EU promotes better co-operation between communities that were at […]

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    InsureTech firms look to disrupt, but not to overtake incumbents

InsureTech firms look to disrupt, but not to overtake incumbents

The insurance industry is rarely credited with innovations we now take for granted. The idea for a fire service was brewed up in 17th century coffee houses to insure against arson, pension funds came from the desire to protect the wives of clergymen in the 18th century, and the blueprint for the modern welfare state ultimately emerged from Bismarck’s […]

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    The power play between venture capitalists and CEOs shapes startup innovation

The power play between venture capitalists and CEOs shapes startup innovation

Our research explores how venture capitalists (VCs) and chief executive officers (CEOs) jointly affect the risk-taking behaviour of a startup — manifested through innovation novelty over the new venture’s different life stages. We show that VCs behave differently for each stage. They generally encourage startups to take high risk by pursuing novel innovations early on. In later stages, VCs […]

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    “A stark choice on 23 June will determine our fate for generations to come”

“A stark choice on 23 June will determine our fate for generations to come”

Even those campaigning to leave the European Union (EU) concede that there will be negative economic consequences in the next few years following a vote for Brexit. CEP researchers have been analysing the long- term effects of Brexit and we conclude that they will be even worse than the short-term damage.

Our best estimate is that GDP per capita will […]

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    The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism – Book Review

The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism – Book Review

The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism. Arun Sundararajan. MIT Press. 2016.

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We’ve had post-Fordism; we’ve seen the rise of the new economy; and now we are confronted with the ‘sharing economy’. In The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism, Arun Sundararajan aims to explain both […]

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    What Brexit advocates could learn from the Greek bailout referendum

What Brexit advocates could learn from the Greek bailout referendum

We are living in a new political climate in which key decisions are made on emotions, not facts; elites are distrusted to the point of identifying a conspiracy against the popular will; and leaders are seen as making gross miscalculations in their national strategies. The ‘people’ know better: they seek new leaders who acknowledge their innate good sense and […]

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    Big data can foster the next wave of agricultural innovation

Big data can foster the next wave of agricultural innovation

Production agriculture, farming, is an important sector affecting the global economy, societal well-being, and the vitality of natural ecosystems. Access to safe, nutritious, and affordable food is a goal for the citizens of all nations. In many developing countries, agricultural production employs the majority of the labour force. In more developed nations, an effective food and agricultural sector typically […]

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    Environmental disclosure: corporate accountability or greenwashing?

Environmental disclosure: corporate accountability or greenwashing?

Nearly all of the 100 largest companies in Japan, France, and the United Kingdom — and the vast majority of such companies in the United States — issue sustainability reports. These very high reporting rates reflect increasing pressure on companies from stakeholders — including investors, consumers, governments, and civil society — to be more transparent about their environmental impacts.

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    Why José Mourinho’s protégés failed when they became managers

Why José Mourinho’s protégés failed when they became managers

When Jack Welch was chairman and CEO of General Electric, he was widely considered to be the best manager in the world and his protégés were in demand as CEOs of their own companies. But most of these protégés failed in their new roles despite the Jack Welch connection. Similarly, the assistant coaches under José Mourinho, when he was […]

Working in the cloud means working all the time

Technological advancements, such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotic Process Automation or Big Data are often considered major drivers for the future of work. Current debate on this topic mostly focuses on which tasks and jobs will be delegated to machines and how employees can deal with the uncertainty of career choice. In a recent report, the World Economic Forum provides […]

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    When disaster strikes, who pays for the impacts of climate change?

When disaster strikes, who pays for the impacts of climate change?

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change calls for further emission reductions, more efforts to increase our resilience to climate impacts, and support for those who are affected by a changing climate. Under the heading ‘Loss and Damage’ this third pillar of the international climate architecture has gained prominence over the last few years and is now an official element […]

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    American companies kick the tires of Cuba’s new-old economy

American companies kick the tires of Cuba’s new-old economy

The car was a Detroit classic on a Havana street, a pink and white 1956 Chevy Bel Air with a nickname out of a rock ‘n roll song: Lola. And parked behind the wheel was a distinguished American guest, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, come to Cuba in April 2015 on an official trip. But Lola carried a surprise under […]

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    Reducing budget slack may lead managers to focus on the short term

Reducing budget slack may lead managers to focus on the short term

Every time I see corporate accounting irregularities in the news I recall how a key finding in my doctoral research some time ago has remained relevant. The research showed support for a spillover effect between slack resources and managerial time horizon. Kind of like a ‘whack-a-mole’ effect. Slack refers to securing more resources (such as during an organization’s annual […]