Monthly Archives: October 2018

The collapse of leadership theories

After having published an article on servant leadership and another on transformational leadership I became aware that several researchers had examined these theories in order to determine similarities and differences between them. Their purpose was to understand these theories.

A theory can indeed be understood in the way in which it differs from other theories. All knowledge is conceptually mediated […]

October 16th, 2018|Leadership|0 Comments|
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    The age of platforms brings threats and opportunities for the chemical industry

The age of platforms brings threats and opportunities for the chemical industry

Several industries have been disrupted by companies with a platform business model. Think of telecommunications and advertising (Google, Facebook, Tencent); retail (Amazon, Alibaba); travel (Booking.com); music (Apple, Spotify); and entertainment (Netflix). Other sectors are under disruption: from mobility (Uber, Lyft) to payment and financial services (Paypal, Alipay). Platforms are taking over the world.

Although the first sectors to be disrupted […]

Exploring gay entrepreneurship matters

Within contemporary society, entrepreneurship is feted as a pathway to self-efficacy, independence and innovation, whilst also creating employment and generating wealth. Further, it is presumed to be an open site of opportunity as there are no barriers to entry. Yet evidence suggests a strong gendered bias, which since the 1990s has been explored through a focus upon the under-representation […]

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    The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy – Book Review

The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy – Book Review

If you are interested in this book review, you may like to listen to a podcast here of Mariana Mazzucato’s LSE lecture, ‘The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy’, recorded on 23 April 2018. 
The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy. Mariana Mazzucato. Allen Lane. 2018.

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Looking at the things around you, […]

October 14th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The jury is in on cannabis legalisation in North America: it’s been a success

The jury is in on cannabis legalisation in North America: it’s been a success

Recently on the LSE USAPP blog, Wayne Hall wrote on the effects of legalized cannabis in North America, arguing that the, ‘jury is still out’ on whether legalization of cannabis has been a good thing. Hall’s analysis focused on issues of youth consumption, dependence, and the potential substitution of alcohol for cannabis. These are his areas of specialization and his assertions […]

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    Zambia’s external debt: distress risk is lurking around in sub-Saharan Africa

Zambia’s external debt: distress risk is lurking around in sub-Saharan Africa

Zambia’s quest for a support facility from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been put on hold as the sceptre of external debt distress hangs over the economy. Coming on the back of the Republic of Congo’s default on a $ 478 million payment in June 2016 and Mozambique’s default on a $ 60 million payment in January 2017, […]

Uncertainties and risks of strategy implementation

In a previous post, we talked about how two major dimensions shape the type of strategy work we need to do: 1) the degree of people impact, i.e., how many people the task at hand affects and how much it affects them; and 2) the degree of uncertainty it faces and subsequently addresses.

With this post, we are going to […]

October 11th, 2018|Strategy series|0 Comments|

Are freelancers a breed apart?

Amelia is a web designer. After graduating from ITC in Milan in 2013, she went through a series of precarious, underpaid, jobs in ITC firms until a friend of a friend commissioned her with the development of his firm’s website. It was then that she realised that being a freelancer could be more profitable and satisfying. Amelia now manages […]

October 10th, 2018|Future of Work|2 Comments|
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    Turf wars? Placing geographical indications at the heart of international trade

Turf wars? Placing geographical indications at the heart of international trade

When doing your weekly shop have you ever observed the small blue/yellow and red/yellow circles that appear on the wrappers of Wensleydale cheese or Parma ham? Such indicia are examples of geographical indications (GIs), or appellations: they show that a product possesses certain attributes (taste, smell, texture) that are unique to a specific product and which can only be […]

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    Is EU regulation of high frequency trading stringent enough?

Is EU regulation of high frequency trading stringent enough?

High frequency trading (HFT) activity has increased over recent years. In a recent paper, Rene Carmona and Kevin Webster claimed that about 70 per cent of all the transactions in the US equity market were carried out using this tool in 2010, although it is now thought that the percentage in recent years has declined somewhat to around 50-60 […]

October 8th, 2018|LSE alumni|0 Comments|

The Infinite Desire for Growth – Book Review

The Infinite Desire for Growth. Daniel Cohen (trans. by Jane Marie Todd). Princeton University Press. 2018.

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A decade after the 2008 Financial Crisis and ensuing Great Recession, economic growth as a principle and goal in economic theories is being questioned from numerous angles. Instead of accepting rapid, consistent GDP growth as the norm, heterodox economists, including Daniel Cohen, […]

October 7th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Peter Trubowitz: For Trump, the principal focus on China is domestic and not geopolitical

Peter Trubowitz: For Trump, the principal focus on China is domestic and not geopolitical

Since July, the Trump administration has targeted China with growing tariffs on imported Chinese goods, with the country responding in kinds. In this interview published by Chatham House’s The World Today magazine, LSE’s US Centre director, Peter Trubowitz, comments that Trump’s trade conflict with China is more about satisfying his supporters at home rather than competing with China on […]

The importance of resilience for delivering strategies

You are responsible for the success of your strategic initiatives. Your results will be measured and you will be judged. As long as we have success, we consider this to be perfectly fair. But let’s be honest: your results will depend to a large extent not only on what you do (or not do), but also on events and […]

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    Why economy watchers obsess over the U.S. monthly jobs report

Why economy watchers obsess over the U.S. monthly jobs report

It is an ingrained monthly ritual for U.S. economy mavens: staring intently at a computer screen or smartphone on the first Friday of the month as the clock ticks down to 8:30 a.m. Eastern time, the moment when the Labor Department releases its jobs report for the previous month.

The two numbers that draw the headlines are those that report […]

The quandary of labour market reforms

All well-conducted structural reforms are alike; each badly conducted structural reform is badly conducted in its own way. There is a huge variety of structural reforms. They differ in terms of the areas they cover (contrast, say, privatisation with trade reform), their main drivers, and regarding the intensity and time-profile of their effects.

Labour market reform is one of the […]

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    Between a person-focused rhetoric and the harsh realities of people management

Between a person-focused rhetoric and the harsh realities of people management

Human resource management (HRM), both in practice and as taught in business schools, appears to display a gap between its soft person-focused rhetoric and the harsh realities of people management. While ‘good’ people management is likely to contribute to organisational performance, HRM has also been called out on occasion for promoting untested assumptions and fads, lacking a solid evidence […]

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    China is investing in developing countries – what is it really up to?

China is investing in developing countries – what is it really up to?

What types of energy does China finance with its development aid?

China has been steadily intensifying its economic and strategic relations with developing countries in recent years. Through deepening trade ties, large-scale infrastructure financing and its ambitious vision to create ‘seamless connectivity’ through three main infrastructure sectors (energy, transport and information and communications technology) across continents through its Belt and […]