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Economies of Unscale: Why Business Has Never Been Easier for the Little Guy

Economies of Unscale: Why Business Has Never Been Easier for the Little Guy | strategyleeds | Scoop.it
New technologies and business models are destroying the old rule that bigger is better.
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Is China the World’s Next Rust Belt?

Is China the World’s Next Rust Belt? | strategyleeds | Scoop.it
Rising labor costs will challenge China’s manufacturing base, but five factors point to opportunities for growth.
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Apple in India: expensive, but growing

Apple in India: expensive, but growing | strategyleeds | Scoop.it
India may be the world’s second largest mobile phone market by users but so far it hasn’t been a major focus for Apple. In the absence of the iPhone, Samsung and BlackBerry have led the way in the country.
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Is B-School Research an Expensive Waste?

Is B-School Research an Expensive Waste? | strategyleeds | Scoop.it
Larry Zicklin says B-schools should put less emphasis on research, and students shouldn't be footing the bill
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Dell goes private

Dell goes private | strategyleeds | Scoop.it
WHEN Apple was on the brink of bankruptcy in 1997, Michael Dell was asked at a technology conference what advice he would give to Steve Jobs, who had recently...
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Dell going private wont solve the company's problems but at least the de-listing will give its founder some room for manoeuvre

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Amazon unpacked - FT.com

Amazon unpacked - FT.com | strategyleeds | Scoop.it
Between a sooty power station and a brown canal on the edge of a small English town, there is a building that seems as if it should be somewhere else. An enormous long blue box, it looks like a smear of summer sky on the damp industrial landscape.
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Japanese management techniques make Amazon particularly efficient, but do these lead to what some call a "slave camp"?

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Vouchers likely to remain on the menu - FT.com

Vouchers likely to remain on the menu - FT.com | strategyleeds | Scoop.it
Peter Curry, a Surrey-based engineer, takes his father out for a meal once a week. They go to their local Prezzo, Zizzi, or PizzaExpress, before heading on to play snooker. Until recently, they had been happy to pay full price for dinner.
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When discounting becomes a costly habit

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Foxconn plans Chinese union vote - FT.com

Foxconn plans Chinese union vote - FT.com | strategyleeds | Scoop.it
Foxconn, the contract manufacturer whose biggest customer is Apple, is preparing genuinely representative labour union elections in its factories in China for the first time, a powerful sign of the changes in the workshop of the world demanded by ...
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Another sign that China might be changing, and workers treatment might improve in the not-so-distant future

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Story of the Week: Facebook’s slice of the search cake

The Tech blog from the Financial Times writes about the web, Silicon Valley, innovation and social media.
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a round up of comments following Facebook's Graph Search announcement 

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Can Wuhan's state-owned giants adapt?

Can Wuhan's state-owned giants adapt? | strategyleeds | Scoop.it
The BBC's Damian Grammaticas visit Wuhan, an industrial city founded in iron and steel making, to see how businesses are adapting to the changing economy.
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Foreign brands tread new paths in China - FT.com

Foreign brands tread new paths in China - FT.com | strategyleeds | Scoop.it
Daimler is to peddle its Smart cars through the Chinese equivalent of Twitter while Apple will sell iPhones on an instalment plan: both signs that foreign retailers in China are scrambling for new ways to entice mainland consumers who are no longer...
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Confirmation that operating in China hago become tougher for foreign brands

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Business schools face a challenging future - FT.com

Business schools face a challenging future - FT.com | strategyleeds | Scoop.it
Tuition-based universities are doing something counterintuitive: competing with each other to deliver their content online and for free.
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Disruption in business education and the future of business schools

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Budget airlines’ cost advantage shrinks - FT.com

The cost disadvantage of full-service airlines compared with their budget rivals has fallen by nearly a third over six years.
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Discounted out

Discounted out | strategyleeds | Scoop.it
ANDREW MASON (pictured), who was ousted on February 28th as the chief executive of Groupon, the online-coupon company he co-founded, was refreshingly blunt about his...
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With no sustainable competitive advantage it was a matter of when, not if...

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Nokia: From ‘burning platform’ to a slimmer management model - FT.com

Nokia: From ‘burning platform’ to a slimmer management model - FT.com | strategyleeds | Scoop.it
When Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop booked the Grand Tarabya hotel in Istanbul for the group’s annual leadership meeting at the end of January, he planned a spectacular finale.
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Two years on and the jury's still out

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Race to put more WiFi hotspots on the map - FT.com

Race to put more WiFi hotspots on the map - FT.com | strategyleeds | Scoop.it
There is a joke that the only reason why customers visit a well-known coffee chain is for the free WiFi and toilets. Certainly not for the terrible coffee.
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Making money from wifi when no business model can be generated

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Shall we?

Shall we? | strategyleeds | Scoop.it
THE birds and the bees do it when the weather gets warmer. Likewise company bosses, when times are good and they are feeling frisky, often get the urge to merge....
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A return to (small) deals in 2013 after the financial crisis and the resulting collapse of the M&A market?

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Vodafone suffers revenue slip as EE broadens 4G network

Vodafone suffers revenue slip as EE broadens 4G network | strategyleeds | Scoop.it
customer numbers up but revenues down, bargain hunters are everywhere...
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Apple and the strategy professor - HBR Blog Network

Apple and the strategy professor - HBR Blog Network | strategyleeds | Scoop.it

Apple and the strategy professor

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An attempt to apply well known strategy ideas and frameworks to identify where Apple might head next #strategy #Apple

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Perspective on Apple amid the clamour - FT.com

Perspective on Apple amid the clamour - FT.com | strategyleeds | Scoop.it
It is ironic that both Dell and Apple shared big news last week.
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Some perspective on Apple's latest set of results

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Stanford Study Finds Going Public Hurts Innovation

Stanford Study Finds Going Public Hurts Innovation | strategyleeds | Scoop.it
Call it the paradox of stock options.
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From guard shack to global giant

From guard shack to global giant | strategyleeds | Scoop.it
LENOVO started humbly. Its founders established the Chinese technology firm in 1984 with $25,000 and held early meetings in a guard shack. It did well selling...
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How Lenovo became one of China's most successful firms

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Burger flipper who rose up the food chain - FT.com

Burger flipper who rose up the food chain - FT.com | strategyleeds | Scoop.it
Just over 10 years ago, Fred Turner walked into the executive offices of McDonald’s and told his colleagues they had a problem: the “special sauce” that gives the Big Mac its distinctive taste was no longer quite so special.
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the contribution of Fred Turner to McDonald's

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