Monthly Archives: January 2016

Pictures, images, and conceptual illustration

January 2, 2016
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Pictures, images, and conceptual illustration

In a Strategy+business blog post, dated 24 November 2015, commentator Steven Heller noted that the editorial art form known as conceptual illustration began in the 1960s to “illustrate difficult concepts and trigger audience interaction through metaphor and symbolism.” The editorial staff at s+b uses illustrations to stimulate the reader’s thought processes and to engage the…

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Adult coloring books save an industry

January 2, 2016
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Adult coloring books save an industry

Coloring books are associated with childhood and happy memories of simpler times.  Learning to color within the lines of fantasy creatures and other recognizable forms shaped our early impressions of drawing and art in general.  The concentration level required to complete the many pages occupied us for many hours.  Today, the adult coloring book is…

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January classroom―innovation, creativity, and return to simpler times

January 2, 2016
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January classroom―innovation, creativity, and return to simpler times

Any of the completed work from these activities can be converted to face-to-face discussion. Try adapting the content to your specific course format. Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Based on the short case article this month on adult coloring books and coloring tools, conduct a…

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Philanthropy as new business model

January 2, 2016
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Philanthropy as new business model

Forbes’ 2015 Philanthropy issue follows on the June Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy.  The Summit focused on disruptive business models in philanthropy and included the top 200 billionaires and a few social entrepreneurs in the discussion.  This video clip summarizes the findings from this summit. Leaders include Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, Steve and Jean…

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Can acquisitions be too big?

January 2, 2016
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Can acquisitions be too big?

Marriott International is buying Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, according to the November 16 press announcement.  Marriott will become the largest hotelier in the world with this $12.1 billion investment and will own 5,500 properties (1.1 million rooms). The deal still must be approved by the investors of both hotel chains. With alternative lodging solutions …

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Image compressor for Mac OS X 10.8+

January 2, 2016
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Image compressor for Mac OS X 10.8+

Sometimes images take up too much file space and are not easily exploitable in written documents, presentations, websites, or on other smart handheld devices.  A solution for the Mac OS X user is ImageOptim.  This easy to use file compressor reduces file size automatically, without having to do more than drag and drop the file to…

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Periscope & Katch–live broadcasting and storage

January 2, 2016
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Periscope & Katch–live broadcasting and storage

Live video broadcasting tools bring a new perspective to what is news and how to present it.  Periscope is a recent entry to the app market and was quickly bought out by Twitter this past year.  Over the end of year holidays, co-founder Kayvon Beykpour demonstrated the app live on the Stephen Colbert Late Show.…

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Predictive analytics increases performance at Foot Locker

January 2, 2016
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Predictive analytics increases performance at Foot Locker

The global athletic footwear market includes heavyweights such as Walmart, The Sports Authority, and The Finnish Line, according to Hoovers and Yahoo! Finance. With 14,567 employees in more than 3,400 store locations, the company is the current leader in its industry with total revenue of $7.32B .  Though compared to Walmart with $484.03B in revenue,…

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Big data, cancer and demographics

January 2, 2016
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Big data, cancer and demographics

Big data mining for business exploitation reaches into most aspects of our daily lives.  In California, the Los Angeles County Cancer Surveillance Program began in the late 1960s as a monitoring and logging registry of all cases of cancer in the region.  With more than 1.7 million bits of data that constantly is updating, this…

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Research expense and innovation edge at Siemens

January 2, 2016
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Research expense and innovation edge at Siemens

Siemens, a German industrial group, believes that one of the solutions for increasing its innovation lead is to increase research and development spending.  The 5.2 billion USD expense represents a 7% increase this year that is going primarily to automation, digitization, and energy systems.  This is about 6 % of total sales. The increased investment…

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