How mobile technologies are changing the delivery of healthcare.

In many countries the use of telecommunications technology to improve healthcare is becoming a hot topic. ‘Telehealth’ as it is increasingly termed is seen by some as a panacea for the demands placed on over-worked health services and a convenient channel for patients to keep abreast of the status of their treatment. The UK’s National […]

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The growth of companies measuring success by being true to their values.

There seems to be a growing resistance to the idea of measuring business success with the traditional yardsticks. Instead a new era of valuing companies according to the authenticity of their values or how they do business is gaining in momentum. At the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Liverpool earlier this week, Sir Richard Branson was seeking […]

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Why cyber security is no longer just a technical issue.

Cyber business is considered a main engine for future economic growth and the opportunity to use related technologies, such as the cloud, to reduce costs is a key part of the agenda for many organisations. Yet cyber crime is also increasing as are the indications that it is still not being treated seriously or is […]

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Why quarterly reporting doesn’t create forward thinking businesses.

Back in the early years of this century, regulators in Europe were convinced that the way to prevent a repeat of something like the Enron debacle was to follow the United States in requiring listed companies to report on their finances every quarter rather than just twice a year. However there are now signs that […]

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How much management theory really ends up as business practice?

In 2009, an article in The Times upset the management world by suggesting that the financial crisis had exposed the theory of management as “jargon-filled sham”. Three years on questions about how much business theory makes it from the classroom to the boardroom are more apposite then ever, as the search for answers to a widening […]

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Why Africa’s entrepreneurs are using mobile technologies to leverage growth.

By Sheila Moorcroft In a world starved of economic growth and transfixed by China and India, we are in danger of ignoring equally big, if not bigger long term opportunities in regions like Africa. Media focus on crises and droughts continues to mask much of the potential here, despite last year’s flurry of attention around […]

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Reid Hoffman’s career advice for a jobless world.

By Roger Trapp It is now pretty well accepted that – even if there is an economic recovery – things will not return to normal. Although the signs in the United States especially have recently been encouraging, unemployment levels have not been falling at anything like the levels seen in the wake of previous downturns […]

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How to create a nation of start-ups: the inside guide to Israel’s economic miracle

By Roger Trapp  Thanks to the ongoing hostilities with its Middle East neighbours, Israel is one of the most reported on countries in the world. Indeed, there is such extensive coverage of the almost continuous unrest in the region, and the associated political machinations, that it is sometimes hard to imagine that there is anything […]

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Living in a world without jobs (and we don’t mean Steve)

By Roger Trapp. As the Eurozone crisis lurches from one supposedly critical meeting to the next, it is becoming increasingly clear why the rest of the world is looking on with some anxiety. Without “the prospect of growth” (in the words of Luxembourg’s prime minister, Claude Juncker) there is really little prospect of tackling a problem […]

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4 steps to avoid making recessionary times even worse for business

The conventional approach to recession – and one, incidentally, encouraged by consultants and other experts the world over – is to batten down the hatches and stick to the basics while waiting for a return to “business as usual”. But, according to PA Consulting, this is a formula for failure. The group’s “Managing Uncertainty” survey […]

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