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AQA AS Business Studies Unit 2 Key Term Glossary

A-to-Z key terms for AQA AS Business Studies Unit 2 (Managing a Business)

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Essential to look up key definitions

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Unions slam hotel ad offering room and board but no salary

Unions slam hotel ad offering room and board but no salary | Becket Business Studies | Scoop.it

Labor unions and trade associations have slammed an advertisement by a hotelier based on the Argosaronic island of Aigina, offering roam and board - but no salary - for a chambermaid.


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Driving Change: 3 Ideas Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know

Driving Change: 3 Ideas Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know | Becket Business Studies | Scoop.it
At a Times Square TEDx event, business leaders and entrepreneurs like David Weild, Veronique Gabai-Pinsky, and Josh Klein dished out advice and insight.

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Different types of entrepreneurship: What's best for your business ...

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Entrepreneurs are often clumped into one big group. Images of the next Mark Zuckerberg hacking away in a dorm room are what come to mind for most people th.

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How they grew - Startups

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Great resource to locate entrepreneurs and their start ups. As well as these examples, good to look at the case studies of recently started businesses. Use the drop down list headed 'how they started'.
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Excerpt: “Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us” - TIME

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Excerpt: “Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us”
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The American health care system dominates the nation's economy and puts demands on taxpayers to a degree unequaled anywhere else on earth... By Steven Brill Feb.
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Owning A Franchise That Almost Everyone Frequently Visits

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Unless you drive a vehicle that plugs in, you’re going to be frequently visiting gas stations all of your adult life. Some simple math will help you figure out where I’m going with this – owning a franchise that almost everyone visits.

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Kevin Werbach--"Those Who Remember History..." | WerBlog.com

Tom Wheeler, the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, gave a speech today at Ohio State University.  It was a good speech on his regulatory philosophy.  But that’s not so interesting.  There’s nothing out of the ordinary about a government official giving a speech.  The unusual development was that the Chairman also released an ebook, called Net Effects. Even more unusual, it’s not a bland ghostwritten policy whitepaper; it’s a deeply researched work of history.

 

The speech and ebook focus on something Wheeler calls the “network compact.”  He says it’s essential for the FCC to promote competition.  However, he recognizes there are some problems competition may not solve.  And there are some obligations that arise from the unique social importance of communications networks.  ”Let the market work” is a great starting point, but if “the market” means no one picks up when you dial 911 in an emergency, we’ve got a problem.  I’ve made the same argument myself in a paper, No Dialtone, about the future of the telephone system.

 

What’s distinctive about Wheeler’s perspective is that it’s rooted in history.  (For those aware of Wheeler’s two prior books, both about the Civil War, this isn’t so surprising.)  Wheeler connects the current revolution of connected computing to the prior network revolutions of the printing press, the railroad, and the telegraph.  He draws from this a series of principles.  As important as the principles, though, is the insight Wheeler takes from the very act of doing history. As he states:

 

“It has been suggested that we are living through the greatest network revolution in history. On this the jury is still out. The reverse telescope of history makes prior experiences seem much smaller than they were.”

 

Ultimately, the point of history isn’t to understand the past; it’s to appreciate the present.  By looking backwards, we can understand better how we got here, distill lessons from experience, and appreciate how similar situations looked to prior generations. That doesn’t work when we’re looking forward, because we have no perspective on the present.  We can project into the future, but we’re apt to get it wrong by relying on our fresh and localized perceptions of the current state of affairs.  Going back not just to the origins of the telephone and broadcasting, but to earlier networks that in their time were seen as equally revolutionary, helps to wash out the local details and throw the essential concepts into starker relief.  In this regard, Net Effects is the kind of work we should want our leaders to be studying, and doing.

 

I’ve made no secret that I believe Wheeler will be an outstanding FCC Chairman, based on personal experience with him.  When he was nominated, there was criticism because he spent much of his career leading two trade associations.  It’s entirely appropriate and ultimately necessary to judge him by his actions in the job, but words matter too.

 

This is the first time I’ve seen the leader of a major government agency start his term by publishing an ebook.  I hope it won’t be the last.


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To Teach Entrepreneurship, Get Out of the Classroom - Businessweek

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To Teach Entrepreneurship, Get Out of the Classroom
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The debate about whether or not you can teach entrepreneurship will always divide opinion.

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The Worst Thing Entrepreneurs Can Do When Pitching To Investors

The Worst Thing Entrepreneurs Can Do When Pitching To Investors | Becket Business Studies | Scoop.it
One of the most interesting pieces of advice from investors to entrepreneurs at Startup 2013 came from Kevin Colleran, a venture partner at General Catalyst Partners and a former Facebook employee.

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Why Traditional Apporach To Business Transformation Don't Work Anymore

Why Traditional Apporach To Business Transformation Don't Work Anymore | Becket Business Studies | Scoop.it
Over 60% of companies out there are operating on a dated buisness model and 20% operating with a mental model that had expired for more than 5 years.

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Karen Woodward: Writing: A Buisness Plan

Karen Woodward: Writing: A Buisness Plan | Becket Business Studies | Scoop.it
Writing: A Buisness Plan. My apologies for not posting much this week. One reason for my absence is I'm on vacation and have been busy doing cheesy tourist things. It's been great! The other reason I haven't blogged as ...
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