IMF reports–Data that matters

August 4, 2014
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IMF reports–Data that matters

As a specialized agency of the UN with its own charter, governing structure and finances, the IMF (International Monetary Fund) represents 188 countries.  Its mission is to “work to foster global growth and economic stability by providing policy advice and financing to members in economic difficulties and to work with developing nations to help them…

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Seasonality in decision-making―the July phenomenon in teaching hospitals

August 4, 2014
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Seasonality in decision-making―the July phenomenon in teaching hospitals

Teaching hospitals experience high medical resident turn-over every July, when senior residents leave for permanent positions and junior residents arrive directly from medical school. The authors of this research study investigated hospital productivity over a 16 year period, comparing the efficiency trends in teaching and non-teaching hospitals over the year, as based upon risk-adjusted, average…

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P2P file share made easy

August 4, 2014
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P2P file share made easy

This P2P file sharing app encrypts and transfers unlimited size files.  Potential recipients can download the software for direct sharing or click on an emailed link for cloud-based downloading.  The app functions now on Mac OS x 10.7+ or Windows-enabled desktops.  A mobile app and a Linux app are in the process of development.  Originally…

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Images and licensing

August 4, 2014
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Images and licensing

The Edublog community, an organization started in Australia and now worldwide, is dedicated to providing educational blogging for education.  One of the blog postings on images and licensing provides an extensive current directory of directed search engines that are preselected based upon type of subject, resolution, license availability, and user safety. The search engines make…

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Family business over time–The Stroh Brewing Company

August 4, 2014
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Family business over time–The Stroh Brewing Company

Succession planning plays a significant role in family business sustainability.  In this video clip, Kerry Dolan of Forbes Magazine explains the demise of the family-run Stroh Brewing Company.  She observed that after several generations, family businesses often fail.  In the case of Stroh’s, the fourth generation Chairman, Peter Stroh, ushered in the eventual sale of…

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Apple’s Acquisition Strategy

August 4, 2014
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Apple’s Acquisition Strategy

For the past twenty years, Apple has grown its revenue powerhouse with hardware and software offers through acquisition of relevant businesses.  This approach permits them to expand without having to invent everything themselves.  As it observes competitors, it identifies new markets and buys companies already in the business niche.  The latest purchases include Swell, Beats…

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