Monthly Archives: December 2012

Year-end reflections

December 4, 2012
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Year-end reflections

This year we have seen some improvement in our national economy.  In our educational institutions, we struggle continuously with relevancy and sustainability.  In a recent Bloomberg Businessweek article, staff writer Alison Damast discusses the changes in business school masters programs toward specialized MS degrees in business competencies that are closely tied to job market expectations. …

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Business models revisited―The daily deal

December 4, 2012
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Business models revisited―The daily deal

  The “grab a deal” offer is almost as ubiquitous as the “win a sweepstake” offer.  Email boxes and Facebook accounts fill rapidly with these advertising pitches to market goods and services.  The attempt to reach eyeballs through online ads has shifted toward trying to reach pocketbooks through onsite visits.  Restaurants, cruises, hotels, physical goods,…

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December classroom activities―the details make a difference

December 4, 2012
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December classroom activities―the details make a difference

Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Disruptive innovation in the nonprofit environment is the subject of this month’s news article.  Choose two other nonprofits in which disruptive innovation can be identified.  Describe the company and its innovation.  What makes it disruptive?  Is this a sustainable contribution? …

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The world is not flat―World 3.0

December 4, 2012
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The world is not flat―World 3.0

                      In a recent TED talk, Pankaj Ghemawat of the IESE business school in Barcelona, Spain, explains that globalization does not mean that the world is just one market.  He argues that the notion that economies are open is really a myth and that fears…

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Competitiveness and the US

December 4, 2012
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Competitiveness and the US

                        Harvard University professors Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin study competitiveness. In a recent interview with The Economist, Porter discusses what can be done rapidly to increase US productivity. The entire article in The Economist suggests that the research results from surveys and conversations…

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Research literature search, store, and annotate

December 4, 2012
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Research literature search, store, and annotate

ReadCube simplifies research search and organization for academic writing.  The algorithm permits searching across several platforms including Google Scholar and PubMed.  Once located, the articles are stored in full-text searchable files that can be annotated and restored.  Citation information is parsed so that additional references can be located and read.  They can be exported to…

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The “Learning”search engine

December 4, 2012
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The “Learning”search engine

Resources for courses exist everywhere, but locating the right ones for a specific lecture can be time-consuming.  Gooru is an education-dedicated search engine that permits users to search across a variety of media-types for materials that can be used in course work.  This includes activities, quizzes, study guides, videos and pre-packaged courses or subject lectures. …

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Reverse innovation and global markets

December 4, 2012
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Reverse innovation and global markets

Following on Govindarajan’s field experience as chief innovation consultant to GE in China during the period in which it developed the compact ultrasound machine for use in rural villages where access to medical facilities was difficult, the authors contend that a new field of exploratory strategy research is emerging that deserves theoretical model building and…

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Disruptive innovation in nonprofit organization

December 4, 2012
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Disruptive innovation in nonprofit organization

  Silicon Valley companies listen to Clayton Christensen, HBS professor, when he discusses his theories on disruptive innovation. The Health Trust, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to the protection of health in its community, centers its work on three initiatives:  the healthy living initiative, the healthy aging initiative, and the healthy communities’ initiative.  Through grants, it…

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Scarce resources―The Nile River

December 4, 2012
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Scarce resources―The Nile River

Egypt lies at the mouth of the Nile River, where it joins the Mediterranean Sea. The source lies in countries to the south including Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and North and South Sudan. Egypt depends upon the river for 95% of its water needs, thus making it a critical resource for the country’s…

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