Monthly Archives: April 2012

Election fever

Apr 30, 2012

Is Sarkozy headed for the Élysée Palace exit? Will Ken again lord it over London (over 30 years after he was first elected leader of the Greater London Council)? Is the far right Gold Dawn party set to win its first seats in Greece’s first elections since the country’s bail-out? Will the Lib Dems or

Detroit comes back to life

Apr 30, 2012

Fascinating piece by the BBC’s Paul Mason on what’s happened to GM since the US government spent $89bn bailing out GM and Chrysler: new robots on the factory floor, less jobs and the unions now own 11% of the business. And a massive row between pro-bail-out Democrats and the Republicans like Mitt Romney who argued

Ruchir Sharma disaggregates the BRICs

Apr 30, 2012

There’s been a spate of reviews about ‘Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles’ (Allen Lane, 2012) by Ruchir Sharma, a senior fund manager at Morgan Stanley who is paid to pick emerging market success stories. I can recommend the FT and Economist. Mr Sharma, who spends much of his time in emerging

“A third industrial revolution”

Apr 26, 2012

Reading the latest special report from The Economist on the future of manufacturing; how 3D printing, new machines, new materials and new manufacturing processes will enable things to be made economically in smaller batches and with massively reduced human input. “The days of huge factories full of lots of people are not there any more” says

It’s all about difference

Apr 25, 2012

Just had the bubbly and erudite Simon Fanshawe, Chair of the University of Sussex, into the office for coffee. He was saying some fascinating stuff on how to leverage difference and diversity within an organisation to foster innovation. A really great speaker who strikes the perfect balance between humour and serious-minded insights on management and organisational change. A very skilled (and provocative) conference chair

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