Posts tagged ‘business’

December 4, 2012

Happy 90th Birthday HBR!

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Not to be confused with HBO the entertainment network, the wonderfuly insightful Harvard Business Review celebrates its 90th anniversary this month.  The monthly journal of the elite Harvard Business School is the crystal ball through which the world that has yet to come might appear.  Who cares about boring management?  Well, some people do and these people shape the world we work in.

In 1914 Henry Ford doubled wages

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October 2, 2012

Ikea: Misogynists or Cheapskates?

Women were airbrushed out of the Saudi Arabian version of Ikea’s catalogue.  The company has come under enormous criticism for this decision in Sweden and now the news has been broken to the rest of the world.  The company has apologised but what does this show?

Money can buy morals: Did the Saudis make this a condition of allowing Ikea to enter its market?

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June 19, 2012

Another New Tablet

Finally, Microsoft have got into the tablet game and have produced their own version and will launch sometime in the year. However, the craze that surrounded the launch of the IPad a couple of  years ago, hasn’t quite followed Microsoft.

Most of my research has found that whilst it is necessary for Microsoft to produce this gadget, it is quite flawed.

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May 1, 2012

Murdoch: Not Fit For Purpose

Media moghul, Rupert Murdoch, was declared unfit to run a major international company today and the question of ethics in business was brought  to the surface in this inquiry. He was not condemned today for the  illegal phone hacking which swiftly became widespread in his tabloid paper “New of the World”, but for ignoring and allowing it to continue for personal gain. Surely he would act responsibly towards his stakeholders, shareholders, employees, customers, sources, victims etc..?

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March 15, 2012

Goldman Sachs Muppet Show

If you are going to resign from one the world’s largest investment banks, I guess you got to do it in style. Greg Smith, resigned today from his position as Executive Director from Goldman Sachs and yesterday his letter was published in the New York Times.

The letter exposes the sheer nature of the culture within investment banks that seethes most of us and finally one individual has stood up to be counted after 12 years of working at the company that he once loved. Clients are said to be referred to as “muppets” internally by senior management, clients’ best interests are sidelined in the way the bank makes money and there is a distinct lack of integrity in the way business is conducted. So will anyone take notice of Greg Smith or will his resignation letter just go on a pile and he be forgotton. Furthermore, who will employ him now that he has made such a public statement about his previous employers?

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January 20, 2012

Kodak Kringe Moments Gone

I was sad to hear Kodak closed its doors and filed for bankruptcy.  I felt a short nostalgic loss but the company failed to innovate and we fell in love with digital.

It was nice once upon a time going to Boots to collect photographs but inevitably there would be some real crackers that you wished had never been taken and should be burned along with the negative! 

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December 14, 2011

Opportunity Knocks

A new study highlighted by the wonderful Harvard Business Review (my favourite geek read) found that young adults who grew up in entrepreneurial households were affected

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September 27, 2011

0800 Calling India

A few years ago there was a craze for British and American companies to provide its customer service from Indian call centres. A plethora of centres opened to employ tens of thousands of people. It seems the novelty is over and the companies are rapidly moving their customer service back. So why have India’s call centres not worked for UK and American companies?

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September 10, 2011

Free Books

A British-based online book concept, bookboon.com has thousands of books available online for free download.  I saw a story about the website on BBC News 24 and decided to check it out.

The website is really easy to use

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June 22, 2011

Women On Top

Yesterday at dinner, I was discussing how a number of companies owned by married couples with men at the helm where struggling during this recession and my friend asked whether I had read Tim Adams’ article in the Observer on Sunday. As I hadn’t, he sent me a copy and I am delighted to share this with every working woman.

Testosterone and high finance do not mix: so bring on the women  was an enlightening read on both behavioural evidence and  neuroeconomic research around the global  financial crisis and how the picture would have been different if women has been in controlling positions.

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June 8, 2011

Ken Dumps Barbie

The “Ken dumps Barbie” campaign launched by Greenpeace to protect the natural habitat of the Sumatran tigers, orang-utans and elephants was being promoted globally this week. The campaign is to stop Mattel from using Indonesia’s most notorious rainforest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) for their packaging.

     

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May 5, 2011

Hall Of Fame: Pinky Lilani

Pinky Lilani OBE is a formidable woman with so much energy and zeal. Founder of the Asian Women of Asian Awards, which is in its 12th year, Pinky has been surrounded by inspirational, innovative and enterprising Asian women.

Her own career has been quite special. She went from being a adult cookery teacher to an author, specialist Indian food advisor to major supermarkets and subsequently setting up her own food enterprise, Spice Magic. Her clients include NatWest, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, IBM, Coutts who enjoy exquisite Spice Magic food.

Pinky has been decorated with awards including being honouored as one the 50 most influential and powerful Muslim women in Britain in the 2009 Muslim Women Power List.

As the Asian Women of Achievement Awards draws near on May 19th, let’s find out a little behind the woman who is supporting the achievements of Asian women.

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March 28, 2011

Hall of Fame: Kirti Bharadia

Some of the most inspiring women are amongst the fabric of our society. They are not celebrities or have a public profile but are regular women who run their own businesses, bring up their children and still have the time to input into their communities.

This Hall of Fame interview is with Kirti Bharadia, owner of b2Lateral Ltd, an IT systems and services provider. (www.b2lateral.net)

Kirti set up the company with her husband in 1996. The business has grown from their spare bedroom in Ruislip to a multi million pound business boasting clients such as SONY PE, the NHS, and Radley. Her typical day involves the day to day running of the business, parenting and managing two teenage children and supporting the local community school as a Governor.

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