‘Automation’ can be defined as the automatic production of goods and services using robots with minimal human intervention. Increased automation leads to increased labour productivity because fewer workers are needed to produce the same number of goods, so automation could lead to unemployment in the future. Could a robot take your job? Visit willrobotstakemyjob.com and [...]
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A bit of an academic melting pot, we entrepreneurship researchers have backgrounds that range from management science and economics through to sociology and ethnography. Consequently, we bring a rich and diverse set of approaches to the study of businesses and those who start them, run them and harvest or close them. In both research and [...]
Do you think of leaders as heroes? As people out in front, leading the way, setting the example, inspiring others to follow?Robert Higgins 2018-06-08T14:26:27+05:30
It’s a very common thought, but with the development of theories more attuned to contemporary management challenges, different concepts of leadership have emerged. Among those concepts is one that purports that the most effective leaders are actually service providers. A long-standing leadership model, Hersey and Blanchard’s Situational Leadership (Hersey, 1985) maintains that the leader’s job [...]
Congratulations, you’ve made a good enough impression on the hiring manager and just secured your dream job. The hard work does not stop there though – it’s just as important to make a good impression once you start role. Always remember; the first week of a new job is crucial in setting the tone for [...]
Someone once said to me that you can only really negotiate when you don’t really need the deal. At the time I dismissed his comment as utter madness, but did he have a point? In the past, when I went to buy something that I really wanted, or needed, I was far more likely to [...]
Festus, a proactive family man from Nigeria, has a natural creative flair, and has always been drawn to the dynamic nature of the business world. He was quick to recognise the importance of furthering his business knowledge, to strengthen his skillset and excel in a working environment. ABE qualifications were first brought to Festus’ attention [...]
The marketing community has been rocked by yet another scandal, this time concerning the ethics of data profiling and a consumerâ€™s right to privacy. Cambridge Analytica, a UK-based data company, mined the personal information of 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge while working on Trumpâ€™s presidential election campaign in order to create psychographic profiles of [...]
In the early 2000s, Nokia supplied four out of ten of the worldâ€™s mobile phones. The impact on Finland was enormous with the company contributing a quarter of Finnish growth from 1998 to 2007. During this period 30% of the research and development spending in Finland was attributed to Nokia; they generated nearly a fifth [...]
With the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), President Xi Jinping plans to link China to Europe via investments in rail, roads, ports, dams, bridges, gas pipelines and power plants. There are now links between 66 countries across Asia and Europe, with some estimating the final cost of the project to be in the region of $3 [...]
… discontent? Perhaps, but the recent FT-ICSA Boardroom Bellwether Winter 2017 survey of FTSE 350 companies saw some early signs of improvement – at least economically. As regards the business environment, 27% of directors anticipated an improvement in global economic conditions and 36% predicted no change. Although no statistics on international growth were published in the Summer 2017 [...]