Monthly Archives: September 2018

Welfare, Inequality and Social Citizenship – Book Review

Welfare, Inequality and Social Citizenship: Deprivation and Affluence in Austerity Britain. Daniel Edmiston. Policy Press. 2018.
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Daniel Edmiston’s Welfare, Inequality and Social Citizenshipprovides much-needed insight into how both low- and high-income individuals navigate citizen identities. Edmiston’s research conclusions draw upon interviews conducted with ‘deprived’ and ‘affluent’ participants in Leeds between 2011 and 2015, combined with secondary analysis of British […]

September 30th, 2018|Book Review, Featured|0 Comments|

Italy under the spotlight of another financial crisis

Ten years since Lehman and the financial crisis, the main questions on the table are whether the world has learned the lessons and what could be the source of the next financial crisis. The risk of a new recession in Europe, the end of Quantitative Easing by the ECB, and the spread of populism and Euroscepticism has put Italy […]

September 29th, 2018|Economics, LSE Authors|Comments Off on Italy under the spotlight of another financial crisis|
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    The four types of strategy work you need for the digital revolution

The four types of strategy work you need for the digital revolution

Strategy work is always hard, but particularly so when senior executives know less about emerging trends than the 19-year-old intern that just brought them coffee. Blockchain-based bank accounts, Artificial Intelligence lawyers, smart cities, collaborative robots, autonomous cars and online dating – wherever you look, pervasive digitalisation is turning businesses upside down. “I have been doing this for 50 years” […]

Harnessing diaspora assets in developing countries

Are developing countries under-utilising a wealth of diaspora resources? At the recent World Economic Forum ASEAN summit, I approached this question from three perspectives. As a contributor to the Commonwealth Secretariat’s recent survey of expatriates in London, I drew on its insights. As a former investment banker with a remit across global emerging markets, I recalled the relative differences […]

September 27th, 2018|Economics, LSE Authors|0 Comments|
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    Can your organisation benefit from embracing the open source way?

Can your organisation benefit from embracing the open source way?

A recent Forbes article indicates that corporate engagement with open source communities has grown to become a strategic imperative over the past couple of decades. An increasing number of companies are paying their employees to contribute to such communities. This is one manifestation of a broader growing trend toward closer collaboration between companies and open source communities. Well-recognised companies […]

Getting the best out of your crowdsourcing contest

For a firm, big or small, the idea of outsourcing tasks, especially innovation tasks, that are either costly or risky is attractive. This is especially so when outsourcing is made easy by the Internet. Some firms use their own sites (e.g., Netflix or Dell), while others use well-established crowdsourcing platforms, such as InnoCentive for engineering problems, Kaggle for data […]

September 25th, 2018|Featured, Information & Technology|Comments Off on Getting the best out of your crowdsourcing contest|
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    Strategic silence: Why are some companies not publicising their environmental certifications?

Strategic silence: Why are some companies not publicising their environmental certifications?

IKEA uses a lot of lumber. You may have become acquainted with that lumber when you sweated over assembling a Billy bookcase correctly. Is IKEA callously felling old-growth forests to prop up our old college textbooks? No, for years it has sourced its lumber from forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. But you won’t see that fact trumpeted […]

September 24th, 2018|Environment, Featured|1 Comment|

Gore Capitalism – Book Review

Gore Capitalism. Sayak Valencia (trans. by John Pluecker). Semiotext(e)/MIT Press. 2018.
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When I first picked up Sayak Valencia’s essay, Gore Capitalism, published as a short book, I was intrigued by the title. I was able to vaguely define what I thought it meant by breaking the term in two, deducing that it had something to do with […]

September 23rd, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Germany is quietly rebalancing its economy – but this will not fix the Eurozone’s flaws

Germany is quietly rebalancing its economy – but this will not fix the Eurozone’s flaws

Ever since the financial and sovereign debt crisis, the political and economic implications of Germany’s unbalanced economy have lured the attention of academics, policy institutions, the public and politicians across Europe and beyond. Frequent are the pleas made to the German political establishment to rebalance its export-oriented economic model, increase fiscal expenditures and thus rein in the world’s largest current account surplus.

But what is […]

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    A year in the life of MBA students – integrating achievement and self-discovery

A year in the life of MBA students – integrating achievement and self-discovery

Life invites us to wrestle with two existential questions: “Who am I?” and; “What do I do with my time here on earth?” Both have to do with our identity — how we make sense of ourselves and fit into the world around us. Individual identity is, ironically, a construct of our social systems.

We are products of the systems […]

September 21st, 2018|Career & Success|0 Comments|
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    What explains the evolution of management models over the past two centuries?

What explains the evolution of management models over the past two centuries?

Scientific Management, Human Relations, and Strategy-and-Structure are well-known management models in the history of business, but we still understand little about why a given model succeeds in competition with other models. This lack of understanding is troublesome. Practitioners would benefit if they could assess more reliably the potential value of the various competing models they read about. Our analysis […]

Can social media sentiment affect stock market performance?

The boom of social media in the past decade has transformed the way investors forecast the stock market. As social media provides large volumes of real-time user opinion, investors can potentially exploit that information by leveraging machine learning and natural language processing techniques. In recent years, popular news channels have repeatedly reported that predicting the market using “alternative data”, […]

Net neutrality in a hyperlinked internet economy

Have you ever realised that the websites and social platforms you use are full of links that lead you to contents, videos or advertisements of other content providers? And that you usually surf from one site to another without typing their URL addresses? No doubt, this is an important feature of the internet. For instance, direct visits of The […]

German firms: Open borders, closed boardrooms

With the impending exit of Great Britain from the European Union in 2019, German firms will likely assume an even greater position within the trading block. Given its reputation as the largest exporter in Europe, accounting for over a quarter of EU exports, Germany is a driving force for free trade and open borders. Firms such as Siemens and […]

September 17th, 2018|Management|0 Comments|
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    Foundational Economy: The Infrastructure of Everyday Life – Book Review

Foundational Economy: The Infrastructure of Everyday Life – Book Review

Foundational Economy: The Infrastructure of Everyday Life. The Foundational Economy Collective. Manchester University Press. 2018.

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For some time now, a group of European researchers, led by a team at Manchester University, has been developing a radical new approach to economic thinking and development policy centred on the concept of the ‘foundational economy’. Foundational Economy. The Infrastructure of Everyday […]

September 16th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    How do children judge what’s appropriate to share online, and with whom?

How do children judge what’s appropriate to share online, and with whom?

How can social media platforms respect the “best interests of the child” if they don’t know which user is a child? How can they meet the needs of children of different ages if the law imposes “bright line” rules – 13+ (COPPA), 16+ (GDPR)? Yet how can society not extend hard-won child rights-respecting policy and practice from offline to online? And why […]

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    Piracy could be a blessing in disguise for content supply chains

Piracy could be a blessing in disguise for content supply chains

“He intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention. Nor is it always the worse for society that it was no part of his intention”.      — Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations, p. 477

Manufacturers of […]

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    How e-marketplace sellers configure platform-based functions to increase sales

How e-marketplace sellers configure platform-based functions to increase sales

An equivalent of over US $887.40 billion of online retail transactions took place via e-marketplaces in China in 2017, rising 29.6 per cent from a year earlier according to iResearch 2018. The growth of e-marketplaces has been accompanied by increasingly intense competition among sellers on transaction platforms. For instance, more than nine million sellers are competing on Taobao, China’s dominant […]

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    Working while pregnant: how women cope with unsupportive organisations

Working while pregnant: how women cope with unsupportive organisations

“So I started busting my butt at work. And I started working that much harder . . . so I felt I took on even more. I was working that much harder because I felt like I had to for everyone to feel comfortable with the fact that I’m pregnant, I’m having a baby . . . Because if […]

September 12th, 2018|Gender|0 Comments|
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    A shared audience amplifies people’s influence over their peers

A shared audience amplifies people’s influence over their peers

When consumers speak positively about a product or brand on social media it can have a very large influence on other consumers’ purchase decisions. In fact, recent research has found that user-generated content has a greater overall influence on purchase activity than marketer-generated content, i.e., marketers’ attempts to advocate on social media for themselves, or coverage in the popular […]