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The Business of Trafficking: Risks and Rewards

The Business of Trafficking: Risks and Rewards | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

It’s an old cliché for businesses to talk about people being “our greatest assets”. Many a Human Resources department will wax lyrical on this point, to win the best recruits and, in turn, the highest profit margins.


Whether or not you buy into the cliché, there’s one area in which it holds true…


Human trafficking.

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Is Islam to blame for freedom deficit in Middle East? - On Line Opinion - 10/7/2012

Is Islam to blame for freedom deficit in Middle East? - On Line Opinion - 10/7/2012 | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Researchers mull why freedom and development flourished in the Middle East then faded.

 

'Likewise, research by Harvard economist Eric Chaney debunks theories that the root cause of the democracy deficit in the Middle East is Islam or Arab cultural patterns, oil, the Arab-Israeli conflict or desert ecology. The democratic deficit, as reflected in the prevalence of autocracies in the Muslim-Arab world, is real, Chaney notes, but it's a product of the long-run influence of control structures developed in the centuries following the Arab conquests.'

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As it happened: Australia in the Asian century - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

As it happened: Australia in the Asian century - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Julia Gillard launches the Government's Asian Century white paper and pledges to increase the focus on students learning a priority language from the region.

 

'The policy document sets out 25 objectives for Australia to take advantage of the Asian boom by 2025 which are divided into five key areas: the economy, education and skills, commerce, regional security and culture.

 

The Prime Minister described it as a road map for national success as Asia's unstoppable rise continues.'

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Wicked problems and business strategy: is design thinking an answer?

Wicked problems and business strategy: is design thinking an answer? | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Obesity. Climate change. Brain drain. Tax havens. War in Afghanistan.

 

'Wicked problems':

 

'They are difficult to define, ambiguous, unstable, do not have one solution,and are beyond the realm or mandate of any one department or discipline.'

 

'.....Working in wicked territory [also] presents several issues for management education:

 

the need to instill integrative thinking (this may be through experiencing design thinking processes),

 

to build empathy in developing a human-centred approach to problem solving (by spending time with end-users, engaging in ethnographic methods),

 

and

 

to develop skills in boundary spanning (being able to communicate, respect and understand different worlds or business units).

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