Cluster thinking updated

March 3, 2015
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Cluster thinking updated

Guzman and Stern believe that the quality of entrepreneurial ventures is the critical factor that distinguishes entrepreneurial growth patterns, rather than the number of these ventures in a given region. Looking at California for-profit business registrations and USPTO data over the period 2001 to 2011, they studied outcomes based upon a set of start-up characteristics…

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Global trends for strategic planning

March 3, 2015
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Global trends for strategic planning

PwC studies global trends.  As a business consultancy, they advise governments and businesses on international strategy positions.  In a recent whitepaper, they present a framework for understanding the complexity of events facing the strategy planner.  This exhibit shows the five megatrends juxtaposed with ten situations in which they have and will interact.  By forecasting the…

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RadioShack divests—Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing

March 3, 2015
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RadioShack divests—Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing

On 5 February this year, RadioShack Corporation filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.  The company started in 1921 in Boston and was acquired by Tandy Corporation in 1962.  Over the years, products sold evolved from DIY for radio enthusiasts to cell phones and assorted accessories.  The company lost its market share due to rapidly changing technology…

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Educating business about the TTIP

March 3, 2015
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Educating business about the TTIP

The port city of Mobile, Alabama survives on international trade. Driving the global outreach are eight large local manufacturing companies in industries such as chemicals, aircraft construction, and lumber. Business and government leaders expect the TTIP to bring an increase of 138% in exports and at least 9,000 jobs, if it is adopted by both…

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Acquisitions―the international consideration

February 2, 2015
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Acquisitions―the international consideration

The history of chocolate consumption dates back 4000 years ago to Mesoamerica, a region within what is known as Central America today, when pre-Colombian people harvested the cacao seeds for culinary and pecuniary use.  By the mid 1800’s, European usage of the bean for beverages and candies opened up a wealthy, new market for cacao. …

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Global connectedness—status, implications, value

February 2, 2015
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Global connectedness—status, implications, value

Thomas Kipp, DHL e-Commerce CEO, and Pankaj Ghemawat, Professor, discuss the implications of their research on global connectedness and the current status of globalization.  Their latest report shows that globalization has returned to the levels of pre-crisis, with an increasing number of emerging economies joining in the flows of trade.  There are fewer economic flows…

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