How the world’s cities develop their infrastructure over the next 30 years will determine the future path of global warming.
Issue 60, Autumn 2010
In this issue
The Megacommunity Approach to Tackling the World’s Toughest Problems, Charles Landry Knows What Makes Cities Great: Distinction, Variety, and Flow
- Three projects in Rome are showing how companies, governments, and other organizations can work together to increase their effectiveness.
- From Amsterdam to Adelaide, this unorthodox thinker has divined the connections between economic prosperity and creative achievement, and their implications for the future of the city.
- Rather than seek increased revenues and profits by expanding products and markets, companies should follow a seven-step strategy for achieving more with less.
- The oil majors hope to make major money in natural gas, but can they learn to operate two distinct types of businesses under one roof?
- Scientist and scholar Raghunath Mashelkar explains a new model of innovation from India that benefits the world’s poor.
- Enterprise architecture can eliminate the gap between an organization’s technology and its business model.
- The thriving Internet shoe retailer has made its name and a lot of money by being eccentric.
- Thoughts on the 50th anniversary of one of the most influential contributions to management theory.
- As reform legislation makes the U.S. healthcare industry more consumer-centric, companies will need to change their business models and add new capabilities.
- GM’s former head of R&D has a bold vision of how the automobile will evolve in the cities of the 21st century.
- How a new view of consumers changed the way we think about products, companies, and economies.
- A review of The Road from Ruin, by Matthew Bishop and Michael Green.
- A review of Smart Growth, by Edward D. Hess.
- A review of The Rational Optimist, by Matt Ridley.
- A review of The Spirit Level, by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.
- When new information is introduced at the start of a meeting and opinions are held until the end, groups make smarter choices.
- Students who enter the job market while the economy is strong find success earlier and earn higher wages throughout their careers than those who join the workforce during a down economy.
- Successful firms are more likely to break the law when their managers are under tremendous pressure to exceed quarterly goals.
- Advertisements can subconsciously condition consumers to associate products with a certain feeling, which can affect the decision to buy.
- Performance-based compensation plans can appeal to both employees and employers, but for different reasons.
- Organizations can learn more from their failures than their successes.