Fresh Pick of the Day, August 18, 2014: “Virtual meetings good for innovation”

From FT.com Youtube – FT business education editor Della Bradshaw talks to Adam Kingl, executive director of learning solutions at London Business School, about ways in which virtual team meetings can break biases in thinking and encourage business innovation.

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Fresh Pick of the Day, August 15, 2014: “How to improve or launch a start-up”

From Washington Post – “Elana Fine, the managing director at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, took questions from readers last week. Here are excerpts, lightly edited for grammar and clarity.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, August 13, 2014: “How to Nurture an Entrepreneurial Culture”

From Chief Learning Officer Magazine -“The ability to generate, vet and bring new ideas to fruition may be one of the saving graces for companies looking to grow and thrive in the current economy.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, August 12, 2014: “Fund managers – Assets or liabilities? ” from The Economist Magazine

- From the Economist magazine – “Regulators worry that the asset-management industry may spawn the next financial crisis. Regulators are stuck between a rock and a hard place. It is their job to anticipate future crises, which may not resemble those of the past. But that logic requires them to regulate parts of the industry which have not, in the past, been the source of problems. Another concern is that risk may be a game of whack-a-mole: hammer it down in one place and it pops up somewhere else. Some of the problems regulators fret about, such as the illiquidity of the corporate-bond market, are the result of regulations imposed since the crisis. If they now bear down on funds or fund managers, they may simply create another problem somewhere else.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, August 7, 2014: “Building the Whole Foods of China”

From Bloomberg Businessweek – “Given the explosive growth of China’s urban elite in recent years, there’s money to be made catering to finicky demands. Since 2009, Zhang’s customer base has grown 20 percent to 50 percent a year. Zhang has reeled in $40 million from Western and Chinese investors and millions more in government subsidies. His company generates revenue of $18 million to $24 million a year, and he says he now runs one of China’s largest organic farming and retailing operations, spanning thousands of acres across eight provinces.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, August 6, 2014: “Financial analysts: Are they useful after all?”

From Knowledge@HEC – “The results of the study confirm that analysts generate important information that is used by market players, which impacts the cost of capital for firms and, consequently, the investments they agree to and their financing. In fact, after the loss of an analyst, companies reduce their investments by on average 2.4% of the total value of their assets. The three investment components that the researchers focused on (capital, research and development, and acquisitions) fall significantly in both the year prior to and following the loss of an analyst in comparison to similar firms that do no lose an analyst. Firms also considerably reduce their financing (on average by 2.6 % of their assets) when they lose an analyst. Amongst the three variables that the researchers were interested in (changes in long and short-term debts and equity issuance), only short-term debt does not decrease significantly, because it is less sensitive to uncertainty and, consequently, to analyst coverage. The greater the coverage, the more information there is available for investors, thus the lower the uncertainty regarding.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, August 5, 2014: “Marketing – Why Location is King for E-commerce, Too”

From Knowledge@Wharton – “There are two really important takeaways here for anyone who is in the online world selling things through the Internet. The first is that it’s very critical to understand what the offline environment looks like. Why is it that you have some customers in one location and no customers in another? What is it about the physical world that is affecting what is going on in the virtual world? That’s the first thing. The second thing that this research emphasizes is that existing customers are often the most powerful source of new customers for a firm — the extent to which they advocate to [others], the [degree to which] the product they’re using is socially visible, and the extent to which they talk about it with friends, family and others who they come into contact with locally.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, August 4, 2014: “Manage Your Team Conflicts Before They Spread”

From Stanford Re: Think – “A scholar of organizational behavior explains how managers can contain the spread of disagreement in their team. We know dysfunctional conflict when we see it, from boardroom brawls to teams whose members spend so much time in their silos sniping at each other that they get nothing done. But how do conflicts start, and, more mysteriously, how do they infect an entire group on such a grand scale?”

 

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