Saving the environment through merchant banking principles

April 8, 2014
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Saving the environment through merchant banking principles

In this interview with Mark Tercek, CEO of the Nature Conservancy, Thomson-Reuters Associate Editor, Antony Currie explores how stakeholder needs are being fulfilled through the application of merchant banking principles.  The Nature Conservancy acts as the environment’s bank, providing consultancy services to companies to help them achieve financial returns from developing green infrastructure.  Several examples…

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Taking advantage of the backchannel―virtual online chat room

April 8, 2014
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Taking advantage of the backchannel―virtual online chat room

Keeping up with the discussion clutter during conference presentations disturbs both the presenter and the listener.  Twitter and other social media require mastery of technologies and the ability to respond with the appropriate symbols, such as hashtags.  In the end, conversation bits that might be useful can get buried in the mass of information or…

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Statistics made easier

April 8, 2014
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Statistics made easier

With partial support from the National Science Foundation, a selection of useful education tools for reviewing statistics’ concepts is made available for free through the Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics.  The interactive website uses Java, which must be brought current in the user’s computer and security level needs to be set back to medium.  Otherwise,…

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Beefing up strategic defenses through acquisition

April 8, 2014
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Beefing up strategic defenses through acquisition

Lego is the world’s leader in snap-to construction block toys.  Mattel is the world’s leader in toys, but it did not have a competing product for the Lego blocks.  Recently, Mattel reached an acquisition agreement with MEGA Brands of Canada in which it will pay $460 million for the company, giving it the MEGA BLOKS…

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Sustainability and chocolate

April 8, 2014
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Sustainability and chocolate

Chocolate has long been a staple in our diets, either for medical or pure pleasure reasons. Recent reports indicate that there is a growing shortage of the cocoa bean used to make chocolate.  Current and futures pricing are rising, as demand increases and availability decreases due to disease, climate changes, agricultural production inefficiencies, and the…

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Sustainability and the business model

April 8, 2014
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Sustainability and the business model

A certified B Corporation, Sustainability describes itself as “a think tank and strategic advisory firm, working to catalyze business leadership on sustainability.”  Begun in 1987, the company now has offices in Washington, DC, London, San Francisco, New York, and New Delhi. In this sixty two page report, authors Lindsay Clinton and Ryan Whisnant explore business model innovation as…

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