"The Evolution of Revolutions"

by Patrick J. Howie offers a wealth of research and sound methodology for navigating today's dynamic business environment, where change is the only constant."

May 23, 2011
Category:Politics 
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Revolutions are rare events, but can they be predicted?  There is some new research that says that we can identify the areas most likely to experience social and political unrest.

 

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May 1, 2011
Category:Business 
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The Google corporate website proudly displays its "ten principles" as if it were the corporate equivalent of the Constitution. But Google seems to have already violated its first principle (focus on the user and all else will follow) and is moving down the path to violating its second (it's best to do one thing really, really well). For every competitor looking to make inroads against this search giant, these are the first signs of opportunity.

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Apr 19, 2011
Category:Politics 
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As the wave of unrest rolls across Africa and the Middle East, the leaders of each country must decide how to deal with the call for democratic reforms.  We have already seen a variety of responses, from Mubarak’s attempt at appeasement to Ahmadinejad’s swift and certain crackdown.  Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, has tried to take a middle ground approach, offering the promise of a future of reforms but dispersing troops to rapidly quell any unsanctioned gathering.  The lessons from the most recent uprisings, as well as from uprisings throughout history indicate that, by offering the promise of reform, President Assad has made a strategic error that will ultimately lead to his downfall.

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Mar 31, 2011
Category:Business 
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The recently released Forbes list of America’s billionaires is chock-full of the usual suspects--oil-magnates, captains of the computer industry, and world-famous financiers. But one person seems incongruous among the bunch. Tied with the ever-present and ever self-promoting Donald Trump as the 153rd wealthiest person in the country is Ty Warner. For those of you who don’t recognize or remember the beanie baby craze of the 1990s, Mr. Warner is the creator of that era-defining product. Mr. Warner has since expanded his empire to include real estate and other holdings, but the foundation of his wealth was this simple stuffed animal.

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Mar 21, 2011
Category:Business 
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In 2006, after only two years on the market, Yahoo offered to buy Facebook for one billion dollars. At the time, the fate of Facebook was unclear. Myspace had more than ten times the number of members and membership growth at Facebook was slowing. Despite the opportunity for instant riches and the long odds against Facebook overtaking Myspace, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg famously rejected the offer. For a twenty-three year old in the business world, this is a decision equivalent to George Washington deciding to not run for a third term as President. Very few people would have predicted that within four years Mark Zuckerberg would be the world’s youngest billionaire and the Time’s Person of The Year.

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