From the monthly archives:

November 2013

The role of Unique Attractions in the Hyper Competitive Market of World Tourism

November 30, 2013

The tourism industry has grown quickly in the last three decades. The number of tourists visiting other countries has tripled. As the industry grows, its economic importance increases in many countries. Tourism has a unique relationship with regional development because unlike most industries, consumers travel to the product, leading to greater awareness and interaction, and […]

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World Economic Forums Human Capital Index

November 29, 2013

One of the global challenges to economic growth is the expansion of talent, of human capital on a national as well as international level. Human capital is known to be the stock of knowledge, proficiencies, personal and social attributes embodied in the ability to perform work to produce economic value. In economist and corporate finance […]

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Disruptive Innovation Explained

November 27, 2013

A disruptive innovation is an innovation that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually goes on to disrupt an existing market and reshape existing ones. Typically, existing companies develop their products or services by incremental enhancements and cannot make their own organisations think in new ways that would damage the existing value […]

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The Myths About Creativity That you Need to Stop Believing

November 25, 2013

Creativity is essential to entrepreneurship, whether you are a successful small business owner seeking solutions to an operational challenge, an aspiring entrepreneur pursuing your big idea or a veteran industrialist stuck in a rut. Many think that creativity is unpredictable and granted only a lucky few – I think it is rather the opposite. New […]

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Need for Innovations in the Flying World

November 24, 2013

I arrived at Charles de Gaulle at 13.00 today, well ahead for my 18.30 flight to Zagreb with the intent to spend the afternoon working at the airport. As I checked in the Lufthansa staff informed me that no Lufthansa flights were operating today and that they technically were on strike to protest that the […]

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Horizon 2020 approval by European Parliament

November 22, 2013

Yesterday 21 November 2013 was a big day for Europe. The European Parliament has formally approved Horizon 2020, the European Union’s funding program for research and innovation for 2014 through 2020. This leaves one formal step to go before the program’s actual rollout. Publication of the first calls for proposals is scheduled for 11 December, […]

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Visit Östergötland Place Management Development Workshop

November 21, 2013

In partnership with East Sweden Business Region (ESBR) and Visit Östergötland, Bearing held a Place Management development seminar and workshop on the 20th November at the beautiful Hemslöjden building in Linköping, Sweden. This seminar was one in a series of four where the goal is to prepare the regions’ tourism and hospitality industry for the […]

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The Crises – United States nearing the End Game

November 20, 2013

On November 8, the International Monetary Fund held the annual research conference on the state of the world. The theme this year was Crises: Yesterday and Today, about innovative research on a wide range of issues on crises and to facilitate the exchange of views among researchers and policymakers. The last speaker of the conference […]

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Talent Strategies for the Post-Loyalty World

November 18, 2013

Globalisation and hyper competition brings increasing pressure on organisations in the world’s advanced economies. For years, serious forecasting institutes such as the International Labour Organisation have predicted fewer jobs and more social unrest. At the same time,  income inequalities are rising as middle-income groups are shrinking due to rising long-term unemployment, weakening job quality and […]

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Places in the Making – new report from MIT

November 15, 2013

In this blog we often write about Place Development, Place Branding and Place Management as fundamental factors in the innovation based process to achieve Place Excellence. Last week, when I was doing research for another article on the subject Top Travel destinations 2014, I was delighted to find that an interesting new report within the […]

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Video on Smart Specialisation

November 13, 2013

All across the European Union, regions are working to develop smart specialisation strategies. This may have a great impact on our future, however it is not yet well known in society. To make the concept more popular the EU´s Directorate for Regional Policy published the video below yesterday, which I would like to share. Is […]

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Logistic Park Conference 2013

November 12, 2013

I participated in the Logistic Park conference in Nässjö in Sweden today. It was a well attended conference with more than 60 C-level executives and some of the world ‘s foremost experts in Supply Chain Management and Lean, who were engaged as speakers, including Art Smalley, Sam McPherson, Christian Obbaeker Hansen and John Vellema. The […]

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Dambisa Moyo on the state of the World

November 11, 2013

The economist Dambisa Moyo recently made a TED Talk where she argues how China can be a role model for how the west and the rest can collaborate. She makes the case that the west can not afford to rest on its laurels and imagine others will blindly follow. Instead, she says, a different model […]

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Hans Rosling’s Yardstick of Wealth and the Truth about Population

November 10, 2013

The phrase “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics” was made famous by Mark Twain, and sometimes we really feel like this about the hard truth. The facts that are served to us through mass media. Sometimes the quote can be correct. It is easy to use statistics in dubious ways. […]

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Hans Rosling’s Yardstick of Wealth and the Truth about Population

November 10, 2013

The phrase "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics" was made famous by Mark Twain, and sometimes we really feel like this about the hard truth. The facts that are served to us through mass media. Sometimes the quote can be correct. It is easy to use statistics in dubious ways. […]

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Top travel destinations 2014

November 9, 2013

Last week the well-known guidebook company Lonely Planet released their annual ranking of the trendiest and the most interesting places to visit in 2014. The destinations on the list are selected by the predicted travel trends the upcoming year, and the first five destinations are Brazil, Antarctica, Scotland, Sweden and Malawi. This ranking is interesting […]

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London as it looked before the Great Fire

November 8, 2013

By using Google Earth, we can since last year zoom into virtually any place in the world and even move around, rotate, and interact with 3D images of cities and buildings. By zooming in, buildings and terrain starts to appear in 3D. Once you can see the buildings, you can pan, zoom, tilt and rotate […]

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Innovation and SME Growth in East Sweden

November 7, 2013

Yesterday Lars-Göran Larsson, Thomas Flinck, Mats Jakobsson and I attended a conference in Linköping in the East region of Sweden, on the theme of innovation and growth. During the morning session there was presentations from some of the regions large companies, such as SAAB and Sectra, on how they work with innovation. There was also […]

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Britta and Kent – Entrepreneurs and genuine place developers through creative innovation

November 6, 2013

Imagine, a tiny village with some 500 inhabitants’ way up north in Sweden, just some 40 miles south of the Polar Circle. During winter it gets dark around 3 o’clock and the light does not get back until nine next morning. In the summer it’s the other way around – it never gets really dark! […]

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The Alkar knights’ game in Sinj

November 5, 2013

The Game of Thrones has become a hit television series, produced by HBO. The series is set on two fictional continents and follows the members of several noble houses in a civil war for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms. The story is not entirely fictional, it seems to be inspired by England in […]

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