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The social life of innovation

6 months ago at 10:11  by Diane Coyle, OBE
I’m half way through and really enjoying The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation by Jon Gertner. It was published in the US in 2012 and was a bestseller, but I’m not ...

Advertisers lose trust as people age

6 months ago at 10:04  by Graham Jones
We all know that advertising is biased, but it seems that we appreciate this more as we get older. The result is that, on average, four out of five of us do not trust advertisers. Worse still, only a ...

“Spending on retirement” or “saving for old age”?

6 months ago at 10:21  by Henry Tapper
Victoria Derbyshire explained when she was doing the morning show for five live her secret for saving. She didn’t save – she spent.

Some things to consider if Spain leaves the euro

6 months ago at 10:13  by Michael Pettis
It might seem almost churlish to wonder what would happen if Spain were to leave the euro. The official European position is that the battle of the euro has been pretty much won, and anyone who argues ...

'Spinning' Out of Control

6 months ago at 10:09  by Mark McLaughlin
On the whole, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) reporting of tax cases is reasonable, albeit that they often seem to place their own interpretation or 'spin' on events.

Focus on the “power of one” to transform your business

6 months ago at 9:58  by Graham Jones
It’s a sure bet that you use a variety of online services. For instance, you may use something like Dropbox to share files or Google Drive. Alternatively, you might use WordPress for some of your ...

The Impact of the EU Elections

6 months ago at 9:56  by John Redwood
The EU elections produced the predicted range of outcomes, with some countries producing substantial votes for parties of protest and opposition to the EU scheme. This is unlikely in itself to make ...

Towards common data standards for auto-enrolment

7 months ago at 10:27  by Henry Tapper
The Chartered Institute for Payroll and Pension Professionals and their “Friends of AE” stitched me up with writing up the output of a working group comprising a lot of old’uns and a couple of ...

A call for stubborn unreasonableness

7 months ago at 10:25  by Diane Coyle, OBE
Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit by Charles Calomiris and Stephen Haber is a fascinating exploration of the relationship between banking and politics, and ...

First impressions matter for brand loyalty

7 months ago at 10:20  by Graham Jones
People are amazingly loyal to Apple. Even though something like the Samsung Galaxy S5 has several superior features compared with an iPhone, you just try luring those Apple fans away. And even though ...
 
 

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