From the monthly archives:

November 2012

Understanding Capabilities and the Dell Tragedy

November 28, 2012

Birmingham, England’s second largest city is falling behind. Some 14% of the population is unemployed and in some of the inner city areas the figure is higher than 30%. Two-fifths of Birmingham’s population lives in areas classified as in the 10% most deprived parts of England. Birmingham has become an example of poor management and […]

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Sustainable Growth in Småland

November 27, 2012

“The Impossibility question -What is impossible to do in your field, but if it could be done, would fundamentally change things for the better?” – Joel Barker This past Thursday November 22, 2012, nearly 200 participants from the business community filled the ITAB building in Nässjö. The event was held under the theme Sustainable Business […]

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SymbioCity conference in Kenya

November 26, 2012

On the 20th and 21st November I attended a conference organised by the Swedish Trade Council in Nairobi and spoke about project finance on the second day. The conference was held at the Laico Regency Hotel, it was very well organised and attended and the talks very interesting. Mr Björn Häggmark, the Chargé d’Affaires at […]

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21st Century Innovator

November 25, 2012

"I would like to die on Mars; just not on impact." – Elon Musk In this blog post, I present one of the most enigmatic and interesting innovators of the new millennium, Elon Musk. The post is about his achievements and about the innovation he has created, why it has worked, in some cases not […]

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Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders 2012

November 24, 2012

“History may be divided into three movements: What moves rapidly, what moves slowly and what appears not to move at all.” – Fernand Braudel The event The Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders is one of the major economic events in the Mediterranean region. This year it was arranged in the beautiful Casa Llotja de Mar […]

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Innovate Your Brain

November 22, 2012

In todays (2012-11-22) Stockholm edition of the daily newspaper Metro, the author and freelance free-marketeer Johan Norberg writes a column called "Do not marry rich – marry smart" in which he discuss todays society when it comes to stimulus and input. In short he explains that the IQ-levels, measured from the abstract thinking tests, have […]

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Future of the European Union – Smart specialization

November 18, 2012

“Europe is facing a moment of transformation. The crises has wiped out years of economic and social progress and exposed structural weaknesses in Europe´s economy. In the meantime, the world is moving fast and long-term challenges such as globalisation, pressure on resources, population ageing, are intensifying.” – Quote from Europe 2020 Strategy Introduction This blog […]

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The decline of Scandinavian Airlines

November 18, 2012

In the business section of the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet there is an article today about the decline and near demise of Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). Scandinavian Airlines is as everyone knows the national carrier for Sweden, Norway and Denmark. For a long time they did everything right and year after year they beat their competition. […]

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Atom Heart Mother and remarkable Purple Cows

November 17, 2012

“And the Remarkable God Himself, lives in you” (Galatians 2:20). On this day, November 17th 1972, 40 years ago, one of the worlds most enduring and successful creators of popular music, Pink Floyd, played a show at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany. One of the songs played was Atom Heart Mother, an epic 24 minute […]

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Innovation in Retail Payments

November 15, 2012

The Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems (CPSS) recently published a report called ”Innovations in retail payments”. Based on a fact-finding exercise among 30 central banks, 122 innovations were identified and categorised. From that exercise, five major trends were derived: In view of the considerable number of new developments, the market is dynamic. However, only […]

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The Power of Talent

November 14, 2012

The report on what municipalities in Sweden are doing to attract talent that was published yesterday has been received  with great enthusiasm. Already before it was published we got a number of pre-orders from municipalities and other regional actors. Highlighted findings from the study was presented in a seminar at the Competence Fair in Stockholm […]

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Small Business Generates Growth

November 13, 2012

Tell all the truth but tell it slant, success in circuit lies. Too bright for our infirm delight, the truth´s superb surprise. – Emily Dickinson An article in the Wall Street Journal today presents research made at the University of Chicago, which finds that a small number of startups in the US economy has had […]

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Bordeaux taken over by the Chinese

November 13, 2012

We are living in a world of globalisation, where trade patterns and investments cross the globe in unpredictable and quickly changing ways. In an article in the Swedish business daily Dagens Industri it is reported that close to 40 vineyards in the premium wine district Bordeaux in France have been acquired by Chinese investors. At […]

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Market Driven Innovation

November 13, 2012

SIME is northern Europe’s largest conference about digital opportunities and new business models with events this year in Vienna, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Stockholm. SIME brings together top executives, marketing professionals, business consultants and members of the press in a dialogue on the forefront of digital development. In the 2012 SIME event in Stockholm, Anton Lundberg, VP of […]

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Innovation on my mind

November 10, 2012

“In order to fix it, you need a passionate anger about something that doesn’t work well.”                    James Dyson Some time ago I visited the Museum of Technology in Stockholm with my family. The children are always so fascinated about the new and old things found in the museum. As we walked through the museum […]

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Talent Attraction – The global search for talents

November 8, 2012

A new study has been published on what Sweden is doing to attract talents in reality, which will be presented at this year’s Competence Fair (Kompetensmässan) in Stockholm on November 14th .100 Swedish municipalities have been interviewed about what is actually being done not only to attract talents but also to establish a long term […]

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To do Business with the Swedes

November 6, 2012

‘ Up North So you have arrived in Sweden. You look around to get your first glimpse of the Swedes in their natural environment. The first surprise is that they actually do not look that much alike – even if they seem to all dress at H&M – and that they are not all as […]

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Place Excellence and EU Horizon 2020 seminars in Zagreb

November 4, 2012

“The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up… His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way.” – Nikola Tesla During the last week of October 2012, Jörgen Eriksson, Lars-Göran Larsson and […]

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IDEO– Method to our Madness

November 1, 2012

Often when I speak about innovation at conferences or seminars, I tell about the example of IDEO. Innovation is about creativity and IDEO is perhaps the premier design and innovation consultancy in the world. The company has been ranked in the top 25 most innovative companies by BusinessWeek and it does consulting work for the […]

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