Monthly Archives: November 2017

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    Crimson Rose: ‘Burning Man shows people a different way of looking at what they do’

Crimson Rose: ‘Burning Man shows people a different way of looking at what they do’

Every August, a pop-up city named Black Rock City is built in the middle of the desert in the US state of Nevada. During ten days, Black Rock receives a total influx of 70 thousand people, the maximum allowed by the authorities. They come for an event that is hard to describe, a mixture of art show, dance camp and […]

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    Connectivity will create a multibillion-dollar opportunity for the global airline industry

Connectivity will create a multibillion-dollar opportunity for the global airline industry

‘Disruption’ is one of the buzzwords that defines our economy at the moment. While much of the focus has been on entrepreneurial start-ups – soliciting early funding for the next ‘the Airbnb of…’ – taking a look at how more established businesses are responding to the technological revolution is just as interesting. Aviation is one such sector that is […]

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    A minor change in market trading rules could save taxpayers billions of dollars

A minor change in market trading rules could save taxpayers billions of dollars

Society could save billions of dollars every day if trading in commodities, energy and securities was made more competitive and efficient through a minor rule change. That is the topic of my new research paper.

Every day, auctions and exchanges around the world trade bonds, stocks, currencies, electricity, metals, commodities, securities and financial instruments worth trillions of dollars. Thus even […]

November 29th, 2017|Finance, Pär Holmberg|0 Comments|
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    Six practical actions for organisations to achieve gender balance

Six practical actions for organisations to achieve gender balance

We know that if a certain behaviour is not delivering a desired result, people will usually change this behaviour. If a marketing program is not effective, you do not continue to run it, you change it. If a part on a machine keeps failing, you do not keep using it, you replace it.

Sometimes, however, people do not alter their […]

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    Hacking the market: Systemic contagion from cybersecurity breaches

Hacking the market: Systemic contagion from cybersecurity breaches

Virtually not a month goes by without a new disclosure of major cybersecurity breaches at organisational and corporate levels. An unrelenting flow of news in this area takes us from financial services companies to regulators’ offices, from major utilities to transport corporations. No one seems to be secure, no one is out of reach for cyber criminals.

In this year […]

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    Vic Shao: ‘You’ll soon be able to have unlimited energy price packages for your home’

Vic Shao: ‘You’ll soon be able to have unlimited energy price packages for your home’

Back in August, when a solar eclipse darkened parts of the US for a couple of minutes during daytime, many power utilities had to put into action their prepared plans, switching from solar to natural gas-fired power and hydroelectric plants or importing energy from other states. The event highlighted a fact about energy: it is largely produced and consumed in […]

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    Who benefits from neighbourhoods designated as conservation areas?

Who benefits from neighbourhoods designated as conservation areas?

Opinions on conservation areas are split. Proponents would argue that conservation areas protect the visual appearance of historic neighbourhoods, by preventing owners from making changes that would be detrimental to character. Opponents would counter that this form of protection, in practice, means a severe restriction of property rights and, as a result, owners cannot adapt their homes to changing […]

Open Data and the Knowledge Society – Book Review

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Open Data and the Knowledge Society. Bridgette Wessels, Kush Wadhwa, Rachel L. Finn and Thordis Sveinsdottir. Amsterdam University Press. 2017.

The question of ‘open data’ may seem extraneous to philosophical discussions, but it does have bearing on the future of our political and ethical landscapes, and if epistemologists don’t engage in the conversations, the meaning of knowledge will […]

Why is the North so difficult to govern?

English devolution continues to be an uncertain process, with very different degrees of progress in different areas. Running the North presents an especially complicated picture. For instnce, despite historical rivalries between towns such as Bury, Bolton and Wigan, the governance of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority seems, for now, relatively settled. It has a rapid local integrated transport system, […]

November 25th, 2017|Economics, John Fenwick|0 Comments|
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    Hussam Hlaak: ‘Tech companies need to know who their clients are’

Hussam Hlaak: ‘Tech companies need to know who their clients are’

In its early days, the Arab Spring, the popular unrest that began in 2010 in the Middle East and North Africa, seemed to be evidence of the power of social media to bring about democracy. The illusion didn’t last very long. Governments learned quickly to use technology to suppress dissent. But social network platforms have been playing an important role […]

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    Budget 2017: productivity is the focus, but ‘fixes’ are unlikely to be enough

Budget 2017: productivity is the focus, but ‘fixes’ are unlikely to be enough

Budget 2017 began with a bleak assessment of the UK’s growth prospects. For those of us following the economic trends and policy debate, there was little surprise at the downgrade of future productivity growth by the Office for Budget Responsibility. Productivity has flat-lined since the financial crisis as successive budgets have failed to have much discernible effect on the […]

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    Julian David: ‘We need to get the data issue right in the Brexit negotiations’

Julian David: ‘We need to get the data issue right in the Brexit negotiations’

As businesses in all industries become increasingly digital, describing the technology sector as a separate category makes a little less sense. Banking, retail, the media and all kinds of services are going online. This digitalisation of economic activity poses a challenge to the idea of borders, and makes the Brexit negotiations especially difficult. Julian David, CEO of techUK, an association representing 950 […]

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    How to avoid burnout when you follow your passion in your career choice

How to avoid burnout when you follow your passion in your career choice

Emma always loved animals. When she accepted a position in her local SPCA, she thought she had found her dream job. Instead, she found herself shocked by the lack of training and resources, and the sheer number of heartbreaking euthanasias. Seeing her coworkers as less dedicated than herself, she distanced herself from other staff and compulsively hoarded animals in […]

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    Amy Pressman: ‘The really disruptive companies are ingesting a tonne of data from customers’

Amy Pressman: ‘The really disruptive companies are ingesting a tonne of data from customers’

In the era when Amazon can deliver a product within two hours and social media and online review sites provide a megaphone for disaffected consumers, no manager can consider herself sane if she is not listening closely to the company’s customers. As co-founder and president of Medallia, a customer experience management (CEM) software provider, Amy Pressman knows first hand how important this […]

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    The digitalisation of everything: How the US economy is going digital at hyper speed

The digitalisation of everything: How the US economy is going digital at hyper speed

Software is eating the world, goes the quip. So rapid are the developments, in fact, that while the “digitalisation of everything” has become a hallmark of tech’s promise of individual and business empowerment so has it begun to prompt anxiety, including among workers who worry about their future in a world of brilliant machines. And yet, for all the evidence […]

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    Gaurav Dhillon: ‘The cloud is safer than any other form of managing data applications’

Gaurav Dhillon: ‘The cloud is safer than any other form of managing data applications’

Software as a service, commonly know by its acronym SaaS, has become the lay of the land for large corporations. Instead of buying and installing software to manage information in different parts of the business, such as customer relationship management and billing, many now subscribe to software services hosted by third-party providers. For companies, this model of engaging with software has big […]

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    Why much of academic business research remains irrelevant for business

Why much of academic business research remains irrelevant for business

The idea that academia can and should play a more central role in society is hardly new – but it continues to rise up the agenda. A year ago, the UK government created a £4.7 billion Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) to support research and innovation in priority sectors, as part of a national push to increase research, development […]

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    Joseph Kahn: ‘We’re not talking about news, we’re talking about fraud’

Joseph Kahn: ‘We’re not talking about news, we’re talking about fraud’

The upheaval in business, economics, politics and culture caused by the digital revolution has become a lot more clear now. One single event did more than most to bring that message home: last year’s surprising election results in the US. The repercussions were global. The news industry, in particular, was jolted when it became evident how widely political propaganda […]

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    Dark markets: does private information make price formation less efficient?

Dark markets: does private information make price formation less efficient?

Speaking in January 2014, Michel Barnier (then the European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services and now the Commission’s chief negotiator with the UK over Brexit) justified new rules on securities exchange, which will come into full force in January 2018, in the following way:

‘The MiFID II reform means that organised trading of financial instruments must shift to multilateral […]

Doing Research in the Business World – Book Review

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Doing Research in the Business World. David E. Gray. Sage, 2017.

Alongside what might be described as a form of popular, at the moment largely guru- and consultant-driven appetite for AI, robotics, machine learning and other new varieties of techno-mathematical prescriptions within the field of business and management, a craze for analytics can be added. How much of […]