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The Greatest Innovation of All Times

April 19, 2014

Today is Saturday on Easter weekend. The day in-between the days of crucifixion and resurrection, as described in the Christian New Testament. What other day of the year can be more appropriate to tackle the greatest innovation of them all? Yesterday was “Good Friday” and  I have always wondered what is so good about it? […]

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About Time

February 28, 2014

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. – Abraham Lincoln A few weeks ago, I watched the new movie About Time by Richard Curtis. The film revolves around time travel where a young man tries to change his past to have a better future. It was an […]

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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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Breakthrough Innovations

November 3, 2013

The November 2013 issue of The Atlantic is a theme issue on innovation. There are articles about The 50  greatest breakthroughs since the wheel, the world’s top inventors, the riddle of Amazon and more. The Atlantic has been around since 1857 and it is written for an intended audience of thought leaders. It usually contains […]

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Are machines taking our jobs?

August 16, 2013

With the industrial revolution, jobs started to be replaced by machines at an unprecedented scale. This led to many protests and fears that people would be without jobs, but in fact it led to increased productivity and a raise of living standards at a pace never seen before. Now again in the time of automatic […]

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High growth and the transformation of African cities

July 12, 2013

Today my friend and colleague Hokan Pettersson sent me a link to an article in The Atlantic, an American literary and cultural commentary magazine, about how sub-Saharan Africa´s growth is creating vast urbanized areas across the continent. The Atlantic is an interesting magazine, having achieved profitability through going digital and bravely opening up a website […]

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