1. The new Queensferry Crossing, a road bridge located near Edinburgh and just a few kilometres from Edinburgh Business School, is scheduled to open during the first half of 2017. The bridge is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world. It is around 2.7km long and the towers are around 200m above the level of […]

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  2. For over 40 years the North Sea has provided a steady stream of major projects ranging from field explorations to well drilling and completions. Over that time the UK sector of the North Sea oil has made a significant contribution to the UK economy. Most of the large oil and gas fields are now, however, […]

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  3. Is there such a thing as the perfect deal? Is it a myth or is it achievable? If it is achievable, how do we measure it? First we have to define the perfect deal. Does it mean: I’ve done well in the deal? (But this suggests the other side didn’t get much from the deal, […]

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  4. Imagine you have finished your MBA and have decided to set up a business on your own. You have a great idea for a new product/service that you believe will fill a gap in the market. The only problem is that this will require money to get off the ground and you don’t have that […]

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  5. Money has three functions. It acts as: a medium of exchange; a unit of account; a store of wealth. On every Indian 500 Rupee note it states “I promise to pay the bearer the sum of Five Hundred Rupees.” It is signed by the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). This allows Rupees […]

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  6. What do you think about giving everyone in your country a basic income? No matter if you are employed or unemployed, young or old, rich or poor? Social benefit systems can be extremely complex and bureaucratic. Basic income proposals seek to simplify those expenses by eliminating complex benefit systems. Supporters of a basic income for […]

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  7. Things are not always what they appear to be. On a recent trip to East Asia I took the opportunity to visit a famous street market. Apart from wonderful street food, the market has a wide range of clothing and accessories that attracts both tourists and locals. One feature struck me. Why were so many […]

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  8. The press and professional journals are full of articles about the impact technology is going to have on our jobs in the future. The stories range from the downright scary (technology will erode all aspects of our freedom) to the absurd (we’re all going to be out of a job). The fact that most of […]

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  9. Amazon has announced its entry into the grocery sector with Amazon Go, an offline supermarket that will open in Seattle in early 2017. Four years in the planning, the concept, as you might expect from Amazon, is technology driven. Using smart technology, the internet giant is doing away with the humble checkout. As customers load […]

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  10. With the controversial election of real estate mogul Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States, there is considerable concern about his style of leadership. A prevalent criticism is that he is not very ‘presidential’ in his conduct, seemingly involving himself in public debates that many deem to be below the level of conduct […]

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  11. There was an interesting article on the BBC News website last week that was brought to my attention by a colleague at EBS, Gerry Reilly . Its title says it all: ‘Shouldn’t lectures be obsolete by now?’ The article starts by saying that the reason the lecture has refused to go away is not ‘because it’s […]

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  12. Five years ago I posted a blog on this site about a famous bet between the ecologist Paul Ehrlich and the economist Julian Simon. Ehrlich had been the author of a best-selling and gloomy book warning that we were going to run out of basic commodities in the future. And that in turn was taken […]

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  13. I don’t know how free from litter the streets in your town or city are, but in Copenhagen, Denmark, the streets are pretty clean. Indeed, the Danish capital is one of the cleanest in Europe. Mind you, this has not always been the case. There is a tendency towards littering in Copenhagen, but the City […]

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  14. Thirty-five years ago a medium-sized luxury hotel in Southern Europe had a manual bookkeeping system in which guest bills were handwritten, and not very well either! In the cashier’s section the clerks would enter charges from dockets raised by various departments – restaurants, floor service, hairdresser, manicurist, boutique shops, car hire, theatre desk, concierge, florist, […]

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  15. Kevin Roberts, Executive Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, resigned after claiming that women in the advertising industry lacked ambition and were not held back by sexisim. It is to the firm’s credit that Robert Senior, worldwide CEO, quickly released a statement distancing the firm from Roberts’s views, saying: ‘Saatchi & Saatchi is, and has always […]

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  16.  A few months ago I blogged about the lack of a service culture and asked you for examples of a good one. Needless to say, I got no response. I’ll content myself with the supposition that you couldn’t find any! Well, I might just have uncovered one, so I’ll share it with you. A month […]

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  17. ‘Big data’ is a term that’s been in common usage for nearly 10 years, yet we still talk about it as though it’s something other organisations are doing. There is a growing body of case studies of (mainly large) organisations that are managing to show how they are sifting through, analysing and acting upon large […]

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  18. I recently visited one of my favourite countries. A full-colour, glossy pull-out in the local paper had attracted my attention. The advert proclaimed an ‘ecoworld’ in which the housing development is designed to tantalisingly encourage a ‘more wholesome way of life’ with ‘easy sophistication and a synthesis of form, functionality, environmentalism and luxury’. No doubt […]

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  19. I have been thinking about this a lot recently. It used to annoy me greatly when my father would go into a car showroom and ask for a new car: ‘What do you have? OK, I’ll take it.’ I couldn’t understand how the greatest negotiator I had known would not bother to even try to […]

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  20. It’s official: pack sizes are shrinking! According to the Bank of England, food retailers in the UK are making pack sizes smaller and using cheaper ingredients in an effort to offset increased costs in the wake of Brexit. Since the referendum in June 2016, the value of sterling has depreciated by around 12% and now […]

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  21. The frequent, ongoing and high-profile cases of unethical behaviour in the world of business are of considerable concern to organisations and their stakeholders. Consider the $5 billion fine of Barclays, Citibank and others in 2015 for currency manipulation. Or last year’s revelation of Volkswagen’s falsification of emission tests. And what of the corruption among the […]

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  22. Today I met someone who said something about negotiation that struck me as misguided: ‘I must be a great negotiator because I always get what I want.’ That can be taken many ways, perhaps as a warning (it was said at the end of our very first meeting about a project we are to work […]

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  23. Why choose to dedicate 3 to 5 years of your life to pursuing a doctoral degree? The effort in terms of commitment, funding and gaining access to organisations willing to support your research are not insignificant. So, if you’re not planning to move into academia, what’s the point? Certainly many potential doctoral students come to us, at EBS, […]

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  24. Following the recent collapse of the UK department store British Home Stores (BHS), this topic is again in the media spotlight. Under these schemes, also known as ‘final salary pension schemes’, employee members are entitled to particular benefit levels, predetermined by a formula linking the employee’s salary history, age, length of service and final salary […]

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  25. Chances are you’ve heard of Pokémon Go. It’s the latest global gaming phenomenon. In the US it’s estimated that 7.5 million people downloaded it within three days of its launch, and it has achieved $1.6 million of daily revenue in Apple’s iOS store alone. Moreover, it’s added more than $7 billion (£5.4 billion) to Nintendo’s […]

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  26. On 25 May 2018 a new EU directive concentrating on consumer data comes into force. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has the potential to severely disrupt direct marketing throughout the EU. This includes  the UK, because data specialists agree that, if the UK has left the EU by then, the Information Commissioner (ICO) will […]

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  27. Much of the trait theory of leadership would hold that our traits are relatively stable: attributes with which we are born. However, interesting research by McCabe and Fleeson (2016) gives us pause for thought. In three different studies, they found that levels of traits manifested (in this case extraversion and conscientiousness) were dependent upon the […]

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  28. Deciding to embark on a doctoral research programme is not a decision to be taken lightly. Finding the time, in an otherwise busy life, is going to be difficult, and maintaining the momentum to drive the research over three to five years will take a significant amount of personal commitment and discipline. So the question […]

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  29. Oil and gas production from the UK sector of the North Sea peaked at the end of the last century and has been in steady decline ever since. Most of the large oil and gas fields are now either depleted or approaching their economic limits, and the various oil and gas producers are now actively […]

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  30. On 23 June 2016 the people of the UK voted in a national referendum on whether the UK should remain or withdraw as members of the European Union. The result was a historic 52%–48% majority for leaving. The ‘Brexit’ (British Exit) decision immediately created a plethora of new uncertainties and risks that have affected business […]

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