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EFMD Global Focus - See the Future

This is the 21st issue of European Foundation for Management Development's magazine: Global Focus. A highly recommended read. 

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Africa's Next Boom

The past decade has seen slow and steady economic growth across the continent of Africa. But economist Charles Robertson has a bold thesis: Africa's about to boom.

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Chip Souza's curator insight, November 5, 2013 1:29 AM

It's a big continent!

Oliver Savage's curator insight, November 6, 2013 4:51 PM

i think this shows chinas power is waning and africas power is waxing

 

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The Tacit-Knowledge Economy

The Tacit-Knowledge Economy | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Knowhow resides in brains, and emerging and developing countries should focus on attracting them, instead of erecting barriers to skilled immigration.

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Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Development

Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Development | Megatrends | Scoop.it

How nations harness their knowledge-economies and entrepreneurs to invent and innovate will continue to shape the dynamics of global business and international development.

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Wim Naudé (Maastricht School of Management) and Adam Szirmai (Maastricht Graduate School of Governance) discuss the relationship between technological innovation, entrepreneurship and development.

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Fishtree Education's curator insight, October 25, 2013 12:43 PM

"In conclusion, technological innovation is a core driver of development. How nations harness their knowledge-economies and entrepreneurs to invent and innovate will continue to shape the dynamics of global business and international development in the decades to come, just as it has in the past."

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99 Facts on the Future of Business

SAP has  gathered 99 facts that represent the changes taking place in the world today. Each facts represents a key insight and suggests where we need to focus and change to become viable, sustainable and growing future businesses.

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Glimpse of Your Life in 2020 Thanks to the Internet of Things

Glimpse of Your Life in 2020 Thanks to the Internet of Things | Megatrends | Scoop.it

What if 50 billion objects were interconnected and started to sense their surroundings and communicate with each other? Here’s a glimpse of our possible future.

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Eight Trends in the Business Environment that will Shape Strategy

Eight Trends in the Business Environment that will Shape Strategy | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The need for bold strategies to capitalise on the dynamism of our times has never been greater. Mike Canning and Eamonn Kelly outline eight trends that are shaping the competitive futures of firms.

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A CEO we were helping recently shared a disconcerting but all too frequent observation. It was clear to him that the success factors in his industry were shifting and that his firm’s strategy needed to be reexamined. But it was hard to even begin that process. As he put it, ‘Not only do I lack the right answers, my team and I can’t even figure out the right questions!’


He’s not alone; many executives worry that they don’t have a good handle on the unfamiliar dynamics confronting them today – technology-driven transformations, new global contours, changing regulatory requirements and societal expectations – each creating wave upon wave of confounding new issues.


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50 Powerful Statistics About Tech Mega Trends Affecting Every Business

There are five mega trends impacting the IT departments of every company: Mobile, Social, Cloud, Apps and Big Data. In this presentation,

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Nat Sones's curator insight, September 24, 2013 5:45 AM

It's not just what big trends are set to inform and guide social, cultural and business transformation. It's how they interact, affect one another and the extraordinary complexity that creates. People, businesses and even nations that can see any order and move the right way will lead. Just like they always have. The difference now is simply speed, transparency - and that we are more conscious than ever before of how what we do now can transform tomorrow. 

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Government Alone Can’t Solve Society’s Biggest Problems

Government Alone Can’t Solve Society’s Biggest Problems | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Rising obesity. Human Trafficking. Re-skilling the workforce. A lack of quality education and safe water for the poor in the developing world. Whose job is it to solve these problems?

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Mr. Brennan Coughlin's curator insight, November 6, 2013 8:48 AM

Interesting read from the Harvard School of Business about the philantropic impact of private business.  Perhaps private business will be a more powerful force than Government aid in meeting the vast needs of the poor around the world.

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The Already Existent Future Of The Age of Context

The Already Existent Future Of The Age of Context | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The Age of Context is a tour-de-force documentary of the state of technology in 2013 looking across a broad number of fields: healthcare, transportation, the electronic home, urbanization, mobile devices, marketing, and understanding customers.

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luiy's curator insight, October 10, 2013 6:18 AM

Pinpoint marketing is about right-time experiences, as described by mobile industry analyst Maribel Lopez of Lopez Research. There is not only a time and place for the experience but taking input from the situation of the environment beyond one’s self, their relationship network, preferences and the overlap with the possibilities of vendor offerings in that same space. It then follows with that negotiation of all this contextual information from the individual buyers viewpoint, and the sellers. There is a world of proxy agents coming for each side, consummated by the final purchase decision of the buyer.

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The Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014

The Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014 from World Economic Forum assesses the competitiveness landscape of 148 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity.

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Switzerland remains on top, the United States reverses its four-year downward trend and Japan rises to ninth place in the Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014.

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Wonder Material Ignites Scientific Gold Rush

Wonder Material Ignites Scientific Gold Rush | Megatrends | Scoop.it

A race is on among universities and companies like Apple, IBM and Samsung to patent graphene for mobile devices, wearable electronics, airplanes and every other imaginable use.

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Graphene is the thinnest material known. But it is exceedingly strong, light and flexible. It is exceptional at conducting electricity and heat, and at absorbing and emitting light.


"Graphene is the same sort of material, like steel or plastic or silicon that can really change society," says Dr. Ferrari, who leads a band of about 40 graphene researchers at the University of Cambridge.

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Gary Bamford's curator insight, August 26, 2013 10:10 AM

Born in Manchester - University that is!

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Future State 2030

Future State 2030 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Find out more about KPMG’s Future State 2030 series on the global megatrends driving change into 2030 and how governments must respond.

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Four Major Changes in Global Prosperity

Four Major Changes in Global Prosperity | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The annual Prosperity Index measures national prosperity based on eight core pillars that combine “hard” data with survey data. The result is the most comprehensive assessment of national prosperity of its kind.

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Jerome Raymond's curator insight, November 3, 2013 1:14 AM

The UAE has jumped from its 33 postion in 2009 Position to 13 Position in a span of less than 4 years, this momentum of increase would be more faster in the next few years given that major projects would be live in the couple of years. May be in top 5... great new year news..

Melissa Mackal's curator insight, November 3, 2013 9:16 PM

Would love to see if there was any correlation between global prosperity and Hofstede's Dimensions of Culture Model.

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Your Organization is at Risk

Your Organization is at Risk | Megatrends | Scoop.it
This is the first of a multi-part series on the trends creating significant impacts on society and creating a digital revolution which may turn out to be the 'new industrial revolution.'
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Gisele HELOU's curator insight, October 29, 2013 4:15 AM

customer oriented changes

from transactions to experiencesfrom selling TO customers to creating outcomes FOR customersfrom one size fits all to mass customizationfrom push to pull through
LLUCH&JUELICH BROKER's curator insight, November 1, 2013 4:54 AM

¿En riesgo o ante una oportunidad?

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The Future Of Cities

This report examines 28 key trends that are driving the sustainable development and efficient operation of modern cities as they respond to the unique challenges posed by rapid urbanization. ustainable and growing future businesses.

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Peter E. Pflaum's curator insight, November 14, 2013 7:42 AM

The Problem: Western countries are at a competitive disadvantage to China, Korea and SE Asia. The high wage low skill jobs supported by cartels, protectionism and unions are gone or going. Technology replaces telephone operators, bank clerks, many manual workers, journalist by the internet and many others.

The Analysis: the Seneca as a model of what happens. Some die from drink, (drugs) violence, some go mad, there is a outbreak of social pathology, doomsday and ghost cults flourish, and the culture sickens and dies.

The solutions (or policy that helps and does no harm) are in human resources. An intelligent educated population is key to everything. The national interest require that the educational budget greater than the defense budget. National collapse is a much greater threat than armed enemies, terrorists, immigration, the important national debt is in human resources and infrastructure.

 

Death and Rebirth of Seneca The story of Paradigm, gestalt death and rebirth
Anthony Wallace
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 1, 2010 -
Then Handsome Lake had his vision. A revival began.

Vicki Steer's curator insight, January 18, 2:30 AM

Challenging and fascinating ideas about the future of cities - food for thought about the organization and location of schools. 

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How Digital Technologies Are Changing the Way We Work

How Digital Technologies Are Changing the Way We Work | Megatrends | Scoop.it
Intelligent processes, enabled by digital technology, create a virtuous cycle of constant improvement fed by continuous feedback. And they are set to soon reinvent much of the way that businesses are run - in as soon as the next five years.
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The 2020 Network: How Our Communications Infrastructure Will Evolve

The 2020 Network: How Our Communications Infrastructure Will Evolve | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The 2020 network: How our communications infrastructure will evolve. What are the technology building blocks that will make up a network?

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Nat Sones's curator insight, October 10, 2013 6:16 AM

The nature of future networks will be both infrastructure and personal at once. This will transform us, our societies and our businesses - and the world around us. 

 

As our culture increasingly becomes defined by communications, the nature of those communications, the networks that drive our interaction, is becoming more and more important. 

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Future Value Framework

Working Draft of the Future Value Framework, a practical integration of Future Studies, Innovation and Strategy.

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You can follow Daniel's great work via Twitter here: @Daniel_Egger

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Carlo A. Zanaboni's curator insight, October 11, 2013 2:05 AM

One of the most inspiring strategy canvas I've come across since Business Model Canvas and Blue Ocean.

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Book Review: Digital Disruption

Book Review: Digital Disruption | Megatrends | Scoop.it

A 12-year-old who builds smartphone apps. A company that fights blood disorders without a physical office. Meet your new competitors.

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Alan Murray reviews James McQuivey's Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation.

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The Top 3 Trends About to Put You Out of Business

The Top 3 Trends About to Put You Out of Business | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Three threats are certain, however, and while they are each dangerous to your business, together they are potentially fatal. Here’s why.


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Predicting The Future

Predicting The Future | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Visions of the future don't just have to come from science fiction. There's very real technology today giving us clues about how our future lives might be transformed. So what might our future look like?


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Javier Pagès López's curator insight, September 16, 2013 10:39 AM

Un recopilatorio especial de conferencisa TED sobre las predicciones tecnológicas y su cumplimiento.

 

Áltamente recomendado.

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Learning from Lehman

Learning from Lehman | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the world still needs a systemic approach to deal with systemic risks and system failures.

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The Billion-Dollar App That Might Get You Out of Traffic Jams

The Billion-Dollar App That Might Get You Out of Traffic Jams | Megatrends | Scoop.it

New “smart” traffic lights in Toronto adjust their signals to current traffic patterns, reducing people's travel times by 25% and lowering vehicles' carbon-dioxide emissions by 30%.

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