Monthly Archives: March 2011

Industry Clusters and the Individual Offer

March 24, 2011
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Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: In light of this month’s research section article on Aerotropolis, investigate the role of the airport in your region. How is your region developing relative to the airport? What business clusters are close to your airport? Take one business cluster…

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March ’11 – EC

March 24, 2011
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Suzanne Hertz evokes the possibility of domino effects in the development of highly integrated supply chains in a 2001 research article*. In looking at the development of international Aerotropoleis this month, it occurred to me that the integrated supply chain is already a reality in the transportation industry that clusters around international airports. The reverse…

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Travelzoo―Truth in Advertising

March 24, 2011
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Travelzoo―Truth in Advertising

One of the leading online publishers of travel news, deals and entertainment, Travelzoo, is facing an information filtering dilemma. With 22 million subscribers throughout the world looking to find travel deals, Travelzoo’s staff in 23 offices in North America, Europe and Asia must verify and validate the authenticity and accuracy of advertisements from more than…

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Future Global Trends

March 24, 2011
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Looking at the world forty years after Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock statement that “change is the only constant,” Riz Khan of Al Jazeera interviews Deborah Westphal (Managing Partner of Toffler Associates) and Henry Mason (Head of Research & Analysis for Trendwatching.com). Westphal believes we are in a period of accelerated change that will oblige businesses…

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CEO Dubai Airports

March 24, 2011
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CEO Dubai Airports

In laying out the vision for the Dubai Airports, CEO Paul Griffiths, describes the situation in 2008 and the future plan for 2011. He observes that the company is in the unique position of having full alignment of national interests, commerce and government with the strategic plan. Originally started as a refueling stop for carriers…

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Kasarda on Airports

March 24, 2011
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Kasarda on Airports

Most Aerotropoleis are developing outside of the United States. The role of aviation is central to urban competitiveness and development. With an aging infrastructure that is over-committed and inappropriate for forward-looking business, the US is losing ground to new developing territories such as Dubai, Chongqing, Songdo and Hyderabad. This video clip is a trailer for…

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Diagnostically-Speaking with Maps

March 24, 2011
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Diagnostically-Speaking with Maps

The UUorld free mapping engine permits data mapping and visualization across four dimensions. A significant data base of statistics is available for usage on the company’s website server and can be downloaded into the desktop engine for further visualization and analysis. The program works seamlessly with other data sources such as Google Earth. (Source: Adapted…

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Spotting the Trends

March 24, 2011
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Spotting the Trends

The World Mapper cartograms are density-equalizing maps that illustrate one isolated variable across 200 territories throughout the world. The size of the territory reflects the importance of that variable in the territory relative to the other territories. Interactive territory labels on the maps themselves permits easy identification, without overriding the visual objective. The website contains…

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Lists with the e-book Lending Libraries

March 24, 2011
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Lists with the e-book Lending Libraries

When you cannot wait to get your eyes into a book, try out the e-book lending libraries to locate your book and the available e-reader formats. Some of these loaners are available at no cost to you. This digital format makes going to the library easy and saves on gas. Many public libraries already have…

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DutyFreeAmericas―Playing with the Big Boys

March 24, 2011
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DutyFreeAmericas―Playing with the Big Boys

Founded in 1983, DFA was purchased by brothers Simon, Jerome and Leon Falic in October 2001 for $21 million. The Falic Group, a privately-held family business, originally made its reputation in the grey market retail perfume business through the retail chain, Perfumania, which is now owned by Perfumania Holdings Inc., a publicly-traded company. The DFA…

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