The biology of business

24. September 2010

The Economist, 24/9

Homo administrans

Biologists have brought rigour to psychology, sociology and even economics. Now they are turning their attention to the softest science of all: management 

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Too Many Hamburgers?

22. September 2010

  Date: 22-09-2010
 Source: THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
To visit China today as an American is to compare and to be compared. And from the very opening session of this year’s World Economic Forum here in Tianjin, our Chinese hosts did not hesitate to do some comparing. China’s CCTV aired a skit showing four children — one wearing the Chinese flag, another the American, another the Indian, and another the Brazilian — getting ready to run a race. Before they take off, the American child, “Anthony,” boasts that he will win “because I always win,” and he jumps out to a big lead. But soon Anthony doubles over with cramps. “Now is our chance to overtake him for the first time!” shouts the Chinese child. “What’s wrong with Anthony?” asks another. “He is overweight and flabby,” says another child. “He ate too many hamburgers.”

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How Nokia Fell from Grace

16. September 2010

   Date: 16-09-2010
 Source: BusinessWeek

By failing to understand changes in its market and remaining geographically removed, the mobile-phone maker ceded control to Apple and others

Elop, charged with turning Nokia around, isn’t known as a phone expert

What was the most successful European company of the 1990s? Easy: Nokia. The Finnish mobile-phone manufacturer captured the emerging market for mobile phones and built the industry’s most powerful brand. Its handsets virtually defined the industry from the time it launched its first GSM phone, the 1011, in 1992. From 1996 to 2001 its revenues increased almost fivefold, and by 1998 it was the world’s biggest mobile manufacturer. In 2005 it sold its billionth handset, an 1100 to a customer in Nigeria. Read the rest of this entry »


Are Google’s Best Days Behind It?

8. September 2010

Web 2.0 Journal

Has Google’s time passed? A recent article in Forbes Magazine suggests that it may have. Google has been unable to combat the Facebook threat with a social strategy that has captured users’ fancy, despite its recent attempts to acquire knowledge in this area.. The company’s stock has been stagnant for nearly three years and its growth rate is slowing. Does this mean Google is over the hill?

In our MediaBlather podcast this week with Paul Gillin, we talk about this and how Google has failed to capture any juice with social media.  You can download the show here.