Posts Tagged ‘ PESTEL ’

Economic statistic schedules and databases

August 1, 2013
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Economic statistic schedules and databases

Underlying much of strategic decision-making is economic and demographic data.  Finding current and valid information that comes from vetted primary data sources can be a challenging task.  In the United States, several resources exist that are appropriate for the researcher.  The U. S. Census Bureau’s mission is to “serve as the leading source of quality…

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Base Erosion and Profit Shifting―looking for tax revenue from the MNC

August 1, 2013
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Base Erosion and Profit Shifting―looking for tax revenue from the MNC

The G20 requested that the OECD come up with a specific plan for governments to use to collect tax revenue domestically and internationally from MNCs who traditionally are relieved from double-taxation obligations. Fifteen specific areas for change are highlighted.  MNC strategy often takes advantage of loopholes that permit them to pay taxes according to where…

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Economic woes in the Eurozone

March 11, 2013
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Economic woes in the Eurozone

The Eurozone economy continues to wallow in dismal results.  Inflation fell to 1.8% in February, but unemployment overall rose to 11.9% in January, which represents 19 million people out of work.  The unemployed include 23.6% of youth under 25 years of age.  Consumer demand dropped and the Markit Eurozone Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index, at 47.9…

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Gold rush again in the California Sierra Nevada mother lode

February 5, 2013
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Gold rush again in the California Sierra Nevada mother lode

Gold-mining returns to California after a six decade hiatus.  Canadian company, Sutter Gold Mining Inc., controls mining rights to approximately 3.6 miles of the California Mother Lode Gold Belt in Amador County, California.  The primary focus today is the Lincoln-Comet zone of the Lincoln Project that is at the heart of the Mother Lode region. …

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Anglo American Minas-Rio iron ore mine is regulatory trouble

February 5, 2013
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Anglo American Minas-Rio iron ore mine is regulatory trouble

Iron ore mining costs rise beyond control for Anglo American’s Minas-Rio Brazil project.  Permit and licensing difficulties with the Brazilian government led the company to write down $4 billion in the project value this month.  This may be the first of other write downs, as costs continue to rise over three times beyond the original…

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Increasing GDP through trade barrier reduction and the supply chain

February 5, 2013
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Increasing GDP through trade barrier reduction and the supply chain

The World Economic Forum recently released a study it conducted with Bain & Company and the World Bank on the relationship between supply chain barriers, tariffs and the world GDP.  Combining case studies of individual companies and industries with empirical macroeconomic analysis, they conclude that “reducing supply chain barriers to trade could increase GDP up…

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February classroom activities―innovation as competitiveness necessity

February 5, 2013
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February classroom activities―innovation as competitiveness necessity

Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Choose two countries listed on the Big Mac index discussed in this month’s Tech Tips.  Conduct a PESTEL analysis of the factors relevant to the fast food industry in each country.  Does the Big Mac index provide any insight?  Explain.…

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January classroom activities―innovation & competitiveness

January 14, 2013
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January classroom activities―innovation & competitiveness

Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Choose two of the countries listed in the WEF Global Competiveness Index 2012-13 and the Global Innovation Index 2012 studies presented in this month’s research section.  Compare and contrast the data provided and conclusions made.  What does this information suggest…

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Global Innovation― Global Innovation Index 2012

January 14, 2013
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Global Innovation― Global Innovation Index 2012

The INSEAD-World Intellectual Property Organization co-published study of 141 countries consists of 84 indicators that differentiate the countries regarding innovation.  Keeping R&D investment steady across the years appears to result in higher innovation than does merely investing in innovation during crises.  The study finds strong support for public-private partnerships driving innovation. It also supports the…

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Competitiveness & Innovation―The WEF Global Competiveness Index 2012-13

January 14, 2013
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Competitiveness & Innovation―The WEF Global Competiveness Index 2012-13

The World Economic Forum produces the Global Competitiveness Index which, since 2005, measures national competitiveness in terms of microeconomic and macroeconomic factors.  Competitiveness is defined as “the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity of a country.”  The more competitive the economy, the more likely it is to sustain growth. …

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