From the monthly archives:

May 2013

The Swedish wood industry annual event 2013

May 30, 2013

Träslaget is a two day annual event and meeting place where professionals, businesses, organizations, and higher education from the Swedish wood industry converge in Nässjö, in the geographical centre of the industry. The event includes lectures, networking and meetings transfer of knowledge and experience exchange on the latest technologies, methods, design, product development and business […]

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Article on innovation in Swedish pharmaceutical industry magazine

May 28, 2013

pi, the magazine for the Swedish pharmaceutical industry, has this week published an article  about innovation and creative destruction, co-written by Jörgen Eriksson and Anders Fogelström. Click on the magazine cover on the right to read the issue. Click below to download the article. Eriksson – Fogelström – article on Innovation and creative destruction

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Cannes Film Festival as a place branding event

May 25, 2013

Cannes is where you lie on the beach and stare at the stars—or vice versa. – Rex Reed, U.S. columnist and actor. Tonight is the final evening of the Cannes Film Festival 2013, an annual event when the cinema industry descends on the small beachside town of Cannes on the French Riviera. Without doubt, Cannes […]

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Seminar on innovation and the dynamics of the markets at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

May 24, 2013

Today I enjoyed doing a a seminar for the Executive MBI students at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona. The class was sharp and very eager to ask questions and get to know more. The Master’s in Business Innovation (MBI) at the UPC is an executive education over 14 months designed to provide […]

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How to Adapt Business Behaviour Across Cultures and Still Remain Yourself

May 18, 2013

Andy Molinsky on Global Dexterity Foreign and Frustrated in France Working in the midst of another national culture is often frustrating. You get angry with yourself for not succeeding to do in Rome as the Romans do. But you also get upset with others around you who are so different and who never seem to […]

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Future impact of disruptive technologies

May 15, 2013

There is a sense of profound change in the air in companies we work with. This is especially true for the large banks and other companies active in B2C. The rapidly changing consumer technology world, along with a move to web based services and clouds, is fundamentally changing how business gets done. Most of us […]

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Update on development aid to Africa

May 13, 2013

Not so long ago, most official aid to poor countries was provided by rich Western governments that carefully report what they give and to whom. However recent years have seen a rapid increase in aid from non-Western sources that do not always prioritise transparency. A new report from the Centre for Global Development (CGD) attempts […]

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Sub-Saharan Africa Building Momentum in a Multi-Speed World

May 12, 2013

We live in a world where economic development takes place in different pace for different regions. It has always been like this, but for the first time in modern history, it is no longer western developed countries having the fastest growth. Professor Michael Spence, 2001 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, set out […]

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World Economic Forum on Africa 2013

May 11, 2013

On May 8, the annual World Economic Forum – Africa meeting kicked off in Cape Town South Africa. About a thousand government officials from across Africa, as well as senior officials from the United States and other Western nations were joined by hundreds of business leaders from Africa and representatives from major international corporations, international […]

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Croatia preparing for EU entry

May 8, 2013

In the last days of April I was invited to a conference about establishing the cluster of tourism in the Croatian Ministry of Tourism in Zagreb. The conference provoked exceptional interest and attracted several hundred functionaries and professionals of the highest rank, all connected to Croatian tourism in general. The reason for the conference was […]

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Talent Attraction and Migration

May 6, 2013

Human migration is movement by humans from one area to another, sometimes over long distances or in large groups. Historically this movement was nomadic, often causing significant conflict with the indigenous population and their displacement or cultural assimilation. Only a few nomadic people have retained this form of lifestyle in modern times. Migration has continued […]

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The Challenge with Big Data

May 5, 2013

There is a mind-boggling amount of data floating around our society. This is called Big Data and it refers to data that is too large, complex and dynamic for any conventional data tools to capture, store, manage and analyse. However the right use of Big Data allows analysts to spot trends and gives niche insights […]

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The mind behind Tesla SpaceX and SolarCity

May 3, 2013

Entrepreneur Elon Musk is a man with many plans and we have written about him before on this blog, as the 21st Century Innovator. In this TED talk, the founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX sits down with TED curator Chris Anderson to share details about his visionary projects, which include a mass-marketed electric […]

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The New Machine Age

May 3, 2013

“Current economic troubles are sometimes misdiagnosed as the end of innovation, but they are actually the growing pains of … the new machine age.” As machines take on more jobs many people find themselves out of work. Is this the end of growth? No, says Erik Brynjolfsson,  Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School […]

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Debate on the future of Work and Innovation

May 2, 2013

There was a interesting debate on TED Talks last week, between Robert Gordon, Economics Professor at Northwestern University and Erik Brynjolfsson, Professor of Management at MIT Sloan School of Management. on how they see the future of work and innovation.  Some months ago Gordon declared that growth was essentially over, with the most game changing […]

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