Issue 60, Autumn 2010
In this issue
- How the world’s cities develop their infrastructure over the next 30 years will determine the future path of global warming.
- 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.