From the monthly archives:

January 2013

Giving Praise as a Management Tool

January 29, 2013

Appreciative Intelligence is a term coined by Professor Tojo Thatchenkery to describe the capacity to see the positive inherent potential of situations or people – it is the ability to, for example, see a top talent that is not readily visible in the present situation. They can see what is valuable and positive in a […]

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Lecture in Stockholm on Intercultural Management

January 28, 2013

On February 5, Anders Fogelström will give a lecture on Intercultural Management at the Stockholm School of Economics. Topics will be the traps and creative advantages when working with intercultural teams. Se advertisement below, in Swedish. Please click this link to register, if you plan to attend.

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How to face hyper competition?

January 26, 2013

“Never compete with someone who has nothing to lose.” -Baltasar, Gracián In Småland, Sweden, Bearing is a partner to the The Wood industry event 2013 (Träslaget 2013) and this year’s theme is Innovation. It is an annual national event and a meeting place for businesses, organizations and students within the wood industries. The purpose of […]

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The S-curve for Apple is flattening

January 25, 2013

This week, Stuart Jeffrey, an analyst with Nomura Securities, was quoted by Wall Street Journal as saying “The s-curve for Apple is coming to the flattening part. How do you tackle it?”. This blog post is about what it means when the s-curve flattens, and what can be done about it. The second coming of […]

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How to create efficient and flexible flows

January 24, 2013

“Companies have to wake up to the fact that they are more than a product on a shelf. They’re behavior as well”  – Robert Haas, Levi Strauss “Industry is at the heart of Europe and indispensable for finding solutions to the challenges of our society, today and in the future. Europe needs industry and industry […]

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Heavy Metal Management Style, anyone?

January 22, 2013

Are we off our rockers? How is it that two seasoned business professionals – one an ex-investment banker, the other a venture capital hotshot – decides to reinvent the field Management Literature by launching a Heavy Metal Management book? To kick things off, let us give a very tedious example of where we stand today: […]

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Regional Development in the North of Morocco

January 21, 2013

Bearing participated in a conference about regional development and marketing in the north of Morocco on January 17th 2013. The seminar was organized by APDN: Agence pour la Promotion et le Développement du Nord. This is the Moroccan agency in charge of the development of the north of Morocco, directly depending on the Prime minister. […]

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Cézanne and Innovation in Art

January 19, 2013

The topic of this blog post is creativity and innovation in art. As Schumpeter taught us, Innovation is creative destruction, where entrepreneurs combine existing elements in new ways. Today we will apply the analysis model of this paradigm to the field of art. Paul Cézanne Today in 1839 was the birthdate of one of the […]

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News for East Sweden Business Region

January 17, 2013

Through competing in public procurement, Bearing has secured an exciting project with focus on business development, entrepreneurship, and organisational development for the expanding East Sweden Business Region (ESBR). East Sweden is a region driven by the two principal cities of Linköping and Norrköping and eleven smaller towns. It has 430,000 inhabitants and covers an area […]

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United Kingdom is ahead in business climate

January 16, 2013

What do inventions such as the typewriter,  the World Wide Web, DNA fingerprinting (and the DNA database), the microchip, lasagna and the rubber band have in common? They were all invented in the United Kingdom. When considering where to look for (or start) new business opportunities, the first places which come to my mind are […]

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Could achieving your vision be as simple as reading a book?

January 15, 2013

When I read books I do something that some of you might think is a bit odd. I have had this procedure since as long as I can remember and until recently, I thought this was something everyone did. I was wrong. What I do is breaking down a big goal into small, manageable steps. […]

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Millennium Development Goal achieved – What’s next?

January 13, 2013

Last year we received some fantastic news. It seems that the UN’s first Millennium Development Goal of cutting the 1990 extreme-poverty rate in half by 2015 has already been achieved. This means that the proportion of people living in extreme poverty (living on $1.25 or less a day) has been reduced from 43 % in 1990 […]

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Backstage on Wall Street

January 12, 2013

On Saturday mornings, I like to browse and digest the current weeks issues of Time Magazine and Newsweek. I have subscribed to them since the 1980s and I have piles of old issues on paper, but no more. From this issue Newsweek is published only on iPad and other digital media. This transformation of the […]

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Bearing teams up with Innovation Plant

January 11, 2013

Innovation Plant is a Swedish firm focusing on the advancement of innovations within companies. They help clients evolve and develop creativity and innovation, shifting focus from the importance of the idea to the importance of using the right tools to realise the idea. The Innovation Plant model helps clients produce more innovations in a shorter […]

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Global Trends 2030 – Alternative Worlds

January 11, 2013

“We are at a critical juncture in human history, which could lead to widely contrasting futures” – Christopher Kojm , Chairman of the United States National Intelligence Council The National Intelligence Council (NIC) is the center for strategic thinking within the United States Intelligence Community. One of the NICs projects is a Global Trends report […]

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Innovation in Education – Online vs Offline

January 9, 2013

The 2u founder Jeremy Johnson may be on to something. Recently voted as one of the 30 most innovative, entrepreneurial and disruptive forces under the age of 30, he has quietly started an online revolution for higher education. Partnering up with renowned universities such as American University, Duke, and the University of Southern California, you […]

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Intercultural Challenges–How Can We Work Together?

January 7, 2013

In the old days, the definition of an international company used to be that of an enterprise which exported and perhaps had sales subsidiaries outside its home market. It was rare – except at the big well-known multinationals – to have foreign colleagues in the office corridors. Everyone understood his or her fellow workmates when […]

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Mankind’s Impact on Earth

January 5, 2013

Last month, the animator Steve Cutts published this video on YouTube. Please watch. It is a brilliant but sad video about mankind’s relationship with the natural world. Man

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The Advent of the Euro –13th anniversary

January 4, 2013

“It will happen over a holiday weekend, and in a way which leaves ordinary citizens more or less unaffected, as new notes and coins will not replace old national currencies for a further three years. But the nature of its launch on January 4th should not let anyone underestimate the importance of the creation of […]

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The Evolution of Cooperation

January 4, 2013

“We carried on work to restore the reactors from where we were, right by the sea, with the realization that this could mean certain death.” -Michiko Otsuki (Employee of Tokyo Electric Power Company) I have always been fascinated with the eternal question if we live our lives according to determinism or if we have free […]

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