From the monthly archives:

December 2013

New Year – a time to make choices

December 31, 2013

Once more we find ourselves in the season where one year comes to an end and a new one begins – the daily life stops for a few days, and we are given time to think through the time that has past and set our hopes for the upcoming year. This time of the year […]

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A call for a science of cities

December 28, 2013

Professor Geoffrey West is a British theoretical physicist, former president and distinguished professor of the Santa Fe Institute. He is one of the worlds leading scientists working on a scientific model of cities. Among other things his work states that with the doubling of a city’s size, services per capita will generally increase by 15%. […]

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Innovation in Industrial Design

December 27, 2013

"It all must start with an inspired, spontaneous idea." Most people of earlier generations are quickly forgotten. Almost all of us currently living will be. Only a few gain such recognition that our knowledge about them and their deeds are preserved through time. Today I visited an exhibition about architectural design in Villa Sauber by […]

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Christmas for some – The case of high top executive pay

December 24, 2013

In recent years the pay checks for top executives have kept on increasing. What is the mechanism behind this? Economists talk about the agency problem, referring to the conflict of interest between a company’s management and the company’s stockholders. The manager, acting as the agent for the shareholders is supposed to make decisions that will […]

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Characteristics and habits of High Performers

December 20, 2013

A high performer is a key contributor in any team, that focuses on doing a job that excels and more than satisfies clients and customers, and that typically know the right course to take to complete a project. Considering success in work, high performers have a number of habits and characteristics in common. Business owners […]

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Michael Bloomberg focuses on the World

December 16, 2013

Michael Bloomberg, the successful Mayor of New York, seems determined to convey his place manager skills and government experience throughout the world. As he leaves his post as Mayor of New York on January he will start a new consultancy focusing on place management. His aim is to create a high-powered consulting group to help […]

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Why the West Rules – For Now

December 15, 2013

The patterns of history and what they reveal about the Future Sometime around 1750, English entrepreneurs unleashed the astounding energies of steam and coal, and the world was forever changed. The emergence of factories, railroads, and gunboats propelled the West’s rise to power in the nineteenth century, and the development of computers and nuclear weapons […]

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Lessons from Nelson Mandela

December 13, 2013

“The world has lost a visionary leader, a courageous voice for justice, and a clear moral compass. By showing us that the path to freedom and human dignity lies in love, wisdom and compassion for one another, Nelson Mandela stands as an inspiration to us all.” – Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United […]

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Great news and innovation for frequent travellers

December 10, 2013

EU extends the use of electronic devices on planes Many of us fly somewhere every week in our work, and we are told to turn off all electronic gadgets. Or at least those gadgets with an “on/off switch,” as so many flight crew clarify for us. Some of us comply. I fly so frequently that […]

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December 9, 2013

On the 4th to 6th December 2013, the Bearing team attended the successful EBN (European Business Network) Tech Camp 2013 event in Rovereto, northern Italy. The three day event was organised by EBN for Business & Innovation Centres, Incubators, Accelerators and similar organisations whose clients are new or early-stage companies growing innovative businesses. Providing innovation […]

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The power of Positive Thinking

December 6, 2013

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” ― Walt Whitman Train your brain to stay positive The upcoming week this years Nobel Prize Laureates will come to Stockholm to attend the Nobel Banquet and accept their prize awarded in memory of Alfred Nobel. The Nobel Prize is given […]

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Michael Porter on why business can be good at solving social problems

December 5, 2013

Why do we turn to nonprofits, NGOs and governments to solve society’s biggest problems? Michael Porter admits he’s biased, as a business school professor, but in a recent TED talk he argued for letting business try to solve massive problems like climate change and access to water. Why? Because when business solves a problem, it […]

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The Internet’s transformative potential in Africa

December 3, 2013

McKinsey has published research showing that following a decade of rapid urbanization and strong economic growth, Africa is going digital. While just 16 percent of the continent’s one billion people are online, that picture is changing rapidly. The report examines the progress and potential of the internet in 14 economies that together make up 90% […]

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Revival of Project Finance

December 2, 2013

In recent years, we have seen only limited issuance of project finance capital market debt in EMEA, with the vast majority of infrastructure funding requirements being met by bank lending. This is primarily due to the failure of the business model, whereby insurers provided a strong investment-grade guarantee to bonds issued by projects. Investors typically […]

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OECD Review of the Swedish Innovation Policy

December 1, 2013

Looking at a distance most would assume that the Swedish innovation policy would tick all the boxes. On closer inspection it turns out that there is a lot of room for improvements. On Thursday 28 November an OECD’s evaluation of Sweden’s innovation policy was presented at a seminar organized by the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum (Entreprenörskapsforum). […]

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