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Trends in globalisation: fact or fiction?

by Adam Burns
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Is a dynamic mix of reshoring, intra-regional trade and hubonomics the global business model of today? Adam Burns asked ten multinational business leaders for the truth behind today’s trade trends. In 22 years, Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon became as big as Denmark, generating the same revenue with 10x less people. They surpassed geography and ...

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Think like a marketer: 3 ideas the CIO can pinch from the CMO playbook

by Ben Thompson
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Gartner reckons the CMO is taking over the technology budget. CIOs are up in arms. But are they picking the right fight? First things first: Gartner is right. Tech and marketing go hand-in-hand, and are only going to get closer. Consider this: marketing budgets are rising overall as e-commerce sales grow, as social and mobile ...

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Lessons From: A ‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain

by Nick Pryke
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Inescapable fog. Gale force winds. Blistering rain. And then you step out of your car and go to work. Nobody ever said being a fisherman was easy. Throw in a few thousand tonnes of floating ice, rogue waves hitting the hundred-foot mark and the very real chance of having a limb severed by a raging ...

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Knicker elastic and hybrid cloud, do we need to talk about it?

by Clare Forestier
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Hybrid cloud. It’s like the (well, usually in a business blog) unmentionable essentials. Things like the elastic holding up your undies. No need to talk about it, but without it, you’re well, um … chilly? Seeing as we’re speaking French (as in lingerie, stay with me) I’m posing the question, is the use of the ...

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How i learned to stop worrying and love change

by Ben Thompson
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What do we want? Incremental change. When do we want it? After the correct consultation periods have been observed. First up, a confession: I have an issue with change. Ok, as confessions go it’s fairly mundane – nothing to see here, daytime TV fans – but the fact remains that I’m a fairly change-averse person. It’s ...

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The most important business lesson of 2015: be stupid

by Adam Burns
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Business leaders, your people are more ‘human’ than ‘resources’. And to get the best from them in 2015, the clever money is on embracing stupid. Adam Burns is deadly serious. A few years ago, Gallup, the research-based, global performance-management consulting company, asked 350,000 people about their workplace. It was their opus, their Planet Earth and ...

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Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

by Adam Burns
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Recently, I attended a conference on the future of higher education and, more specifically, its associated technology challenges. Philip Long, chief information officer at Yale, delivered the keynote speech on day two. His speech was excellent – a clever, impassioned look at the perils of tenure – but one thing in particular caught my attention. ...

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The United States of Europe (or why we’re better together)

by Ben Thompson
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A new study suggests that the EU is realising increasing competitive advantages from greater integration between east and west. So is Team Europe finally set for lift-off? It’s been the story of the last few Ryder Cups: a European golfer sinks the wining putt, and is instantly showered in champagne by euphoric teammates of multiple ...

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Europe today: four steps to the ideal model for industrial efficiency

by Adam Burns
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Western and Central and Eastern Europe are more connected than ever before, and the supply chains run deep. But it’s a competitive world. Adam Burns asked six business leaders: how can a closer Europe make a more efficient enterprise? In 1988, Pope John Paul II set out his stall regarding the East-West Schism. “Europe has ...

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Danger! Avoiding the expat never go home syndrome

by Alan Royal
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Broaden your horizons, yes. But beware losing your relevance at home. Alan Royal signs off his series on new management competencies for emerging markets with a warning. The expat never go home syndrome is characterised by a developed country mid-level executive, working for a global company, being asked to broaden their experience by taking advantage ...

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