From the monthly archives:

June 2012

The Consequences of Frequent Trading

June 30, 2012

On a recent flight from Zurich to Nairobi, I met with Mike Jones, Managing Director of Argent Advisors Inc. based in Ruston, Louisiana. As I studied financial economics at the SSE and used to work with investments, I keep a keen interest in the subject. Therefore I enjoyed to talk with Mike about investment strategies […]

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Brownfield & Newbuilders in Kurdistan – the State of the Region

June 24, 2012

Few things unite people from different parts of the world as much as the continuous quest for better living conditions and wealth. In Kurdistan, with strong economic development, the wealth is within reach for almost everyone especially the middle age and younger population that has dreams about the future. There is a clear vision stated […]

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How four French Towns Compete in the 21st Century

June 23, 2012

The European perspective The European Union has a combined population of over 500 million inhabitants, which equals 7.3% of the world population. In 2011, the European Union generated a nominal GDP of 14 trillion euro (larger than any single country in the world), representing approx. 20% of the global GDP when measured in terms of […]

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The Crowding Out Effect

June 23, 2012

The bad gains respect through imitation, the good loses it especially in art – Friedrich Nietzsche On June 18 to 21 the annual GAIM International conference was held in Monaco, close to where I live. I was travelling for work during the conference dates but I met some friends from the industry on the previous […]

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The Launching of a European Hub for M-commerce

June 21, 2012

We have said it before: Successful place managers must open up their places for demo-activities. The demo dimension has become an attraction factor. Companies and innovators need to verify their theories and achievements. They need to do that in a business climate where the time factor is vital. They need to save time in their […]

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Myths and Facts of a Converging World

June 20, 2012

“It this terrible simplification that there is one Africa, and things go on in one way in Africa. We have to stop that, it is not respectful, and it is not very clever to think that way. I had the fortune to live and work for a time in the United States. I found out […]

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Lean is about Values–Principles–Methods–Tools

June 19, 2012

Lean manufacturing, lean enterprise, or lean production, often simply, "Lean", is a production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and thus a target for elimination. Working from the perspective of the customer who consumes a product or service, […]

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Demand driven science park development

June 17, 2012

In a speech at the International Association of Science Parks conference 2012, Herbert Chen from Tsinghua University Science Park (TusPark) in China presented how science parks can attract organizations and companies. The TusPark or Tsinghua University Science Park is a Chinese organization of business parks. It has buildings in Zhongguancun of Beijing, in Kunshan, Suzhou, […]

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The Frontier Economies as Investment Destinations

June 17, 2012

While investment returns in the developed markets of Europe, North America and Japan have evolved from ‘low returns for no risk’ to ‘no returns for low risk’, returns in the BRIC economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China are starting to slow, the next investment returns frontier is the countries defined as ‘frontier markets’. I […]

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International Association of Science Parks conference in Tallinn 2012

June 17, 2012

This year the annual conference of the International Association of Science Parks is held in Tallinn, Estonia. Today, participants from a multitude of countries have assembled at the conference center in Swissotel, for a pre-programme seminar. I counted people from 28 countries in the well-attended seminar, whereof a number of people from seven African frontier […]

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Place Branding as a Competitive Tool

June 15, 2012

Theory Place branding is the process of image communication to a target market. All places compete with other places for people (visitors, residents), resources, and business. The global competition of cities is estimated to host 2,7 million towns, 3 thousand large cities and 455 large metropolitan areas with a population over one million. All of […]

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Current and Future Winning Places in Europe

June 11, 2012

The Greek drama This month Europe´s Greek tragedy seems to have entered its final act, with potentially fateful consequences for the global economy. There seems to be only two options left. Either a Greek exit from the Eurozone, which otherwise remains intact, or a Greek exit that triggers a complete collapse of the European Monetary […]

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European Family Office & Private Wealth Management Forum 2012 in Geneva

June 7, 2012

The annual Family Office & Private Wealth Conference explores the challenges and opportunities associated with investing in emerging markets, alternative investments, real estate, direct energy and numerous other asset classes. It also addresses many of the softer issues related to this, such as tax and regulation, asset protection, philanthropy, structuring a family office, and many […]

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500 new jobs based on establishment of disruptive technology

June 3, 2012

During more than one year, Christer Asplund and Magnus Fransson in Bearing have been working on creating a project in a rural area of Sweden, and we can today report on the establishment of a successful project based on disruptive technology. It is increasingly important for place managers to follow the disruptive technology shifts when […]

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Seminar in Jönköping on how to attract the best talents

June 1, 2012

Bearing Consulting will give a seminar about Social Recruiting for special guests on the 12th of June at City Hotel Familjen Ericsson  in Jönköping. The hunt for talent is today a harsh reality for most executives, which have been one of the topics covered in previous blog posts. To work strategically with Talent Management – […]

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