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Growing pains in the sharing economy

As a business writer, I’ve got used to the corporate jargon. But at one time I found it pretty confusing. Why did everyone want to share information with me? Were they going to divide it into pieces, like a cake? Once I was asked if I’d share my phone. But how was that possible without going back to the old … Read more…

Technology changes the entrepreneur’s game

Entrepreneurs are happier and more satisfied with their work than most. That’s what the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) found in a recent report. And while launching a start-up involves numerous setbacks and disappointments, some believe that, assisted by technology, the climate for entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs has never been more favourable. Of course, technology can’t fix all obstacles. Take red … Read more…

Can the MBA accommodate the circular economy?

It won’t be easy: shifting the linear “take-make-use-dispose” model of production to a circular one, with energy, water and waste returned to the cycle and companies becoming temporary stewards of materials rather than resource consumers. So are business schools ready to assist? One institution has embraced the challenge. The UK’s Bradford University School of Management has developed a distance learning … Read more…

Let’s mix it up!

In 1996, I stood on a poplar-covered slope in Pakistan above a valley where the Karakoram, Pamir, Hindu Kush and Himalayas fight it out in a grand confusion of jagged peaks and deep ravines. Crops of alfalfa swayed gently in the breeze. “All this was barren land, until we had the irrigation channel,” Farhat Khan told me. Khan and his … Read more…