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The Innovation Tournament Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Exceptional Solutions to Any Challenge
By Karl Ulrich, Christian Terwiesch. 2023
What new products or services should you launch next year? How can you improve the productivity of a paint line?…What should you name your new venture? How can you decrease patient waiting times? How can you improve the customer experience?Pretty much any creative problem-solving task can be framed as seeking a new match between solution and need, from operational process improvements to creating strategies to foster organic growth. Innovation tournaments aim to find a match that is not just good, but exceptional.Leveraging more than two decades of experience organizing innovation tournaments in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street, from Buenos Aires to Kuwait City, Shanghai to Moscow, and with many Fortune 500 companies, two renowned researchers, entrepreneurs, and the foremost experts on innovation tournaments offer a template that you can use to generate winning ideas that will drive great outcomes—whatever your challenges, whatever your business.In The Innovation Tournament Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Exceptional Solutions to Any Challenge, Wharton professors Christian Terwiesch and Karl T. Ulrich offer an engaging, often humorous, and always actionable guide to help you learn:--How to frame and articulate your specific innovation challenge--How to decide on the right format, structure, and strategic direction for your own innovation tournament--How to maximize the quality of the opportunities that will compete--How to select the very best ideas--How to develop those ideas into real-world opportunities--How to use tournaments to foster a culture of innovationFast-reading and filled with real-world successes, The Innovation Tournament Handbook is a comprehensive roadmap to finding a new match between a solution and a need that is not merely good, but exceptional.
The Big Con: How the Consulting Industry Weakens Our Businesses, Infantilizes Our Governments, and Warps Our Economies
By Mariana Mazzucato, Rosie Collington. 2023
A vital and timely investigation into the opaque and powerful consulting industry—and what to do about itThere is an entrenched…relationship between the consulting industry and the way business and government are managed today that must change. Mariana Mazzucato and Rosie Collington show that our economies&’ reliance on companies such as McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Company, PwC, Deloitte, KPMG, and EY stunts innovation, obfuscates corporate and political accountability, and impedes our collective mission of halting climate breakdown.The &“Big Con&” describes the confidence trick the consulting industry performs in contracts with hollowed-out and risk-averse governments and shareholder value-maximizing firms. It grew from the 1980s and 1990s in the wake of reforms by the neoliberal right and Third Way progressives, and it thrives on the ills of modern capitalism, from financialization and privatization to the climate crisis. It is possible because of the unique power that big consultancies wield through extensive contracts and networks—as advisors, legitimators, and outsourcers—and the illusion that they are objective sources of expertise and capacity. In the end, the Big Con weakens our businesses, infantilizes our governments, and warps our economies.In The Big Con, Mazzucato and Collington throw back the curtain on the consulting industry. They dive deep into important case studies of consultants taking the reins with disastrous results, such as the debacle of the roll out of HealthCare.gov and the tragic failures of governments to respond adequately to the COVID-19 pandemic. The result is an important and exhilarating intellectual journey into the modern economy&’s beating heart. With peerless scholarship, and a wealth of original research, Mazzucato and Collington argue brilliantly for building a new system in which public and private sectors work innovatively for the common good.
Limitless: The Federal Reserve Takes on a New Age of Crisis
By Jeanna Smialek. 2023
This fascinating deep dive into one of the most powerful and least understood American institutions—the Federal Reserve—is &“a riveting narrative...[and]…an invaluable guide to the monetary policy debates of the last few years" (Liaquat Ahamed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lords of Finance).&“The best book on the Fed in our time and a model of financial writing.&” –KirkusThe marble halls of the Federal Reserve have always held secrets; for decades the Fed did the utmost to preserve its room to maneuver, operating behind the scenes as much as possible. Yet over the past two decades, this elite world of bankers and economists speaking a language that only monetary experts could understand has been forced to change its ways. Amid rising inequality, weakening global economic prospects, and a pandemic, the central bank has entered into a new era of transparency and activism that has changed its role in modern society in subtle but remarkable ways.Limitless tells the inside story of this deeply impactful transformation, and what it means for ordinary Americans. Focusing on characters such as the Fed chairman Jerome Powell; the Vice Chair for Supervision Randal Quarles; Vice Chair Lael Brainard; the Minneapolis Fed president Neel Kashkari; and the long-ago Fed Chair Marriner S. Eccles—and driven by the rising tension between Main Street and Wall Street—this is a page-turning account of the modern Fed&’s inner workings during a crucial inflection point in history.
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, 3rd Edition
By John Perkins. 2023
The riveting third edition of this New York Times bestselling title expands its focus to China, exposes corruption on an…international scale, and offers much-needed solutions. Extensively updated, this edition features twelve new chapters, including a new introduction and conclusion. The book brings the story of economic hit men (EHMs) up-to-date and focuses on China's EHM strategy.EHMs are highly paid professionals who use development loans to cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars and force them to serve US interests. Former economic hit man John Perkins gives an insider view into this system. With a truly global perspective, this book offers powerful revelations on extremely timely elements, including the third economic hit man wave that is sweeping the world and the way China optimizes US EHM models to make them a more dominating force. China's strategy is even more dangerous since it's successful at enticing lower income nations. Perkins also reveals how we can transform what he calls a failing Death Economy into a Life Economy. He encourages China's leaders to apply the Confucian ideal of serving the family to the global community to end the EHM strategy. The book ultimately provides a source of hope and inspires readers to participate in a new era of global cooperation. Perkins also reveals how we can transform what he calls a failing Death Economy into a Life Economy. He encourages China's leaders to apply the Confucian ideal of serving the family to the global community to end the EHM strategy. The book ultimately provides a source of hope and inspires readers to participate in a new era of global cooperation.
Privatización en Pakistán
By Shahid Hussain Raja. 2023
Aunque Pakistán haya estado llevando a cabo la privatización de empresas estatales por más de 50 años, la privatización de…cualquier empresa siempre genera discusiones acaloradas, normalmente centradas alrededor de cuatro problemas/necesidades y beneficios, intereses de los empleados, bienestar del consumidor y transparencia. Mientras que sus autores lo apoyan por reducir subsidios estatales y lograr ganancias por eficiencia, sus adversarios se oponen por sacrificar bienestar público, “vender la plata familiar” (deshacerse de algo valioso en búsqueda de una ventaja, a pesar de que sea conveniente resguardarlo), y crear monopolios privados. Incluso aquellos, que son no partidistas en este debate, aconsejan precaución y argumentan que este proceso debería ser estrictamente evitado en el caso de monopolios naturales y de activos estratégicos como recursos naturales. Dejando de lado el debate, el hecho que la privatización es una parte integrante de la agenda general de la liberación y desregulación económica. Abriendo la economía a la competición, la liberación económica puede remover ineficiencias estructurales y falsas barreras creadas por el estado a la competencia. Eso es lo que se necesita y está pasando en Pakistán ahora. Este corto Libro digital es una versión ampliada de mi artículo “Privatización en Pakistán”, el cual escribí poco después de mi jubilación como secretario federal del Gobierno de Pakistán, Ministerio de Privatización en 2012. Atrajo un montón de atención y me impulsó a escribir un libro de pleno derecho sobre la historia de la privatización en Pakistán y otros problemas relacionados incluyendo sus porvenires y los desafíos que iba a enfrentar en el corto a mediano plazo.
The Journal of Law and Economics, volume 65 number 4 (November 2022)
By The Journal of Law and Economics. 2022
This is volume 65 issue 4 of The Journal of Law and Economics. Established in 1958, the Journal of Law…and Economics publishes research on a broad range of topics, including the economic analysis of law, the economic analysis of regulation and the behavior of regulated firms, industrial organization and antitrust policy, the political economy of legislation and legislative processes, law and finance, and corporate finance and governance. The JLE has published some of the most influential and widely cited articles in these areas. It is an invaluable resource for academics and those interested in cutting-edge analysis of current public policy issues.
This practical guide to understanding how regulators build insight and form judgements will help organisations to develop their strategy and…approach to engagement and to improve their regulatory outcomes. From robot-assisted surgery and advances in stem cell technology, the explosion in use of social media and advances in computing power to the development of autonomous vehicles and digital environments such as the metaverse, these exciting developments present questions, invite debate and have implications. These rapid new developments also join a world described as being increasingly VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous), making industry-regulator relationships more important than ever to prevent consumer harm and to configure business success. This book is written for those who wish to build positive and progressive relationships with their regulators in these exciting times of rapid advancement. From developing their strategy, through to the practicalities of how to prepare and engage with regulators, readers are navigated through an ecosystem of insight to help build an understanding of what informs their regulator’s opinion and judgements. Underpinned with real-world experiences and examples, this book shows that, through clearer strategic focus and more effective relationships, organisations can refine their approach and build their relationships to drive mutually beneficial regulatory relationships that avoid negative consequences and unnecessary costs. Board members, executives, senior leaders, risk, compliance, legal professionals, regulators, and students of business, finance, and law will refer to this book again and again to guide holistic thinking about regulatory relationships and use the insights these can provide to help them calibrate their actions, activities, and progress.
Social Sector Spending, Governance and Economic Development: Perspectives from Across the World
By Ramesh Chandra Das. 2023
Economic development depends heavily on the growth of social sectors like education, healthcare, gender equality, as well as factors like…income, consumption, investment and trade. This book examines the interlinkages between development, good governance and spending on social growth. The book focuses on different areas of social growth, public welfare and poverty reduction including managing human resources, corruption in public institutions and public spaces as well as health and welfare measures. The chapters in the volume highlight the role of government interventions in boosting human development – particularly in developing countries in Asia and Africa and many developed countries in the post-COVID scenario. The book also examines the foundations of government spending on development and effective governance while underlining the impact which social growth has on the economy. Rich in theoretical and empirical perspectives, this book will be useful for students and researchers of economics, sociology, political studies, public finance, development studies as well as for policymakers and think tanks working in the areas of human development.
Phua focuses on applying the best of corporate strategy and innovation tools and praxis into the policy process with the…aim of devising a coherent policy strategy–innovation framework and process. Government and business strategies differ in their operating assumptions and variables, but the strategy process is more similar than is often perceived. Phua debunks the government versus business dichotomy and demonstrates the potential for cross-learning between both domains. Readers will benefit the most by reading this book in tandem with Phua’s other works on strategy also featured in this series. This book is an essential primer for academics, practitioners and learners of public policy, strategy, innovation and applied problem-solving.
If you’re like most people, you want nothing more than a fair shot in life: a chance to seek out…opportunities, work hard, and make your own way in this world. But as author Allen Marshall explains in How You Got Screwed, the game has been rigged, making it almost impossible for you to win. How You Got Screwed explains exactly how the rules have been made to favor those in charge. Consider the financial system, which steals your earning power with money that doesn’t hold its value and lets banks break the law practically without consequence. Think about our politicians, who serve their donors and lobbyists, and a government more interested in serving itself than its people. And remember big business, which uses its money and political power to twist the rules in their favor, hurting you as a consumer, employee, and citizen.Yes, the cards are stacked against you. But that’s only if you play by their rules. It’s time to play your own game—and How You Got Screwed is your guide to making the system work for you.
The Art of Sanctions: A View from the Field (Center on Global Energy Policy Series)
By Richard Nephew. 2018
Nations and international organizations are increasingly using sanctions as a means to achieve their foreign policy aims. However, sanctions are…ineffective if they are executed without a clear strategy responsive to the nature and changing behavior of the target. In The Art of Sanctions, Richard Nephew offers a much-needed practical framework for planning and applying sanctions that focuses not just on the initial sanctions strategy but also, crucially, on how to calibrate along the way and how to decide when sanctions have achieved maximum effectiveness. <P><P>Nephew—a leader in the design and implementation of sanctions on Iran—develops guidelines for interpreting targets’ responses to sanctions based on two critical factors: pain and resolve. The efficacy of sanctions lies in the application of pain against a target, but targets may have significant resolve to resist, tolerate, or overcome this pain. Understanding the interplay of pain and resolve is central to using sanctions both successfully and humanely. With attention to these two key variables, and to how they change over the course of a sanctions regime, policy makers can pinpoint when diplomatic intervention is likely to succeed or when escalation is necessary. Focusing on lessons learned from sanctions on both Iran and Iraq, Nephew provides policymakers with practical guidance on how to measure and respond to pain and resolve in the service of strong and successful sanctions regimes.
The Battle For Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists
By Naomi Klein. 2018
Fearless necessary reporting . . . Klein exposes the &‘battle of utopias&’ that is currently unfolding in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico&” (Junot Díaz, author…of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) &“We are in a fight for our lives. Hurricanes Irma and María unmasked the colonialism we face in Puerto Rico, and the inequality it fosters, creating a fierce humanitarian crisis. Now we must find a path forward to equality and sustainability, a path driven by communities, not investors. And this book explains, with careful and unbiased reporting, only the efforts of our community activists can answer the paramount question: What type of society do we want to become and who is Puerto Rico for?&” —Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico In the rubble of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans and ultrarich &“Puertopians&” are locked in a pitched struggle over how to remake the island. In this vital and startling investigation, bestselling author and activist Naomi Klein uncovers how the forces of shock politics and disaster capitalism seek to undermine the nation&’s radical, resilient vision for a &“just recovery.&” All royalties from the sale of this book in English and Spanish go directly to JunteGente, a gathering of Puerto Rican organizations resisting disaster capitalism and advancing a fair and healthy recovery for their island. &“Klein chronicles the extraordinary grassroots resistance by the Puerto Rican people against neoliberal privatization and Wall Street greed in the aftermath of the island&’s financial meltdown, of hurricane devastation, and of Washington&’s imposition of an outside control board over the most important U.S. colony.&” —Juan González, cohost of Democracy Now! and author of Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America
Smart Region: Best Practices aus den Modellprojekten „Digitales Dorf Bayern“
By Diane Ahrens. 2023
Kann digitale Transformation im ländlichen Raum als Chance zur Verbesserung gleichwertiger Lebensverhältnisse genutzt werden? Anhand von drei bayerischen Modellregionen wurden…in zahlreichen Handlungsfeldern – z.B. Gesundheit und Pflege, Mobilität, Kirche, Arbeiten, Schule und Bildung - digitale Lösungen gemeinsam mit Betroffenen entwickelt, eingeführt und getestet. Aufgrund des ganzheitlichen Projektfokus sind „Living Labs“ entstanden, die Synergien, Potentiale, aber auch Herausforderungen deutlich machen und zeigen, dass ländliche Räume eigene Anforderungen haben, die sich maßgeblich von „Smart Cities“ unterscheiden.
Financial Innovations and Monetary Reform: How to Get Out of the Debt Trap (Future of Business and Finance)
By Jean-Pascal Tranié, Jean-François Serval. 2023
Written by two leading experts on multinational accounting and billion-dollar international investment funds, this book provides a framework for a…global reform of the world monetary system, and defines a decidedly new approach to dealing with public debt mortgage, an issue that we can see in many countries in Europe and around the world. The authors put forward a proposal for transforming sterile financial masses, which are withdrawn from the real economy as they no longer bear interest, into wealth. To facilitate this return to the real economy, the authors propose that a significant share of public debt be converted into net equities in the world of business and goods production in order to find new profitable investment projects. The idea is bold, and the authors strive to demonstrate its technical feasibility. They are convinced that this approach can accompany and enhance a movement that has already begun, namely the implementation of vast national and international investment programs in major infrastructures and research projects in innovative sectors. This work builds on the authors’ two previous books, which focus on the monetary system. The first, published in 2010 and including a foreword by former French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, analyzes the new virtual dimension of money. The second, published in 2014, puts forward an innovative proposal for a new financial regulation aimed at more stable economies. This third book is intended for professionals in the financial industry, including decision makers at banks, accounting and private equity firms, as well as policymakers at central banks and government institutions involved in the implementation of financial and monetary reforms.
This book is Karl Widerquist's first statement of the “indepentarian” theory of justice, or what he calls “Justice as the…Pursuit of Accord” (JPA). It provides five arguments for UBI, one based on the JPA theory of freedom, another based on the JPA theory of property, and three that reply to common objections to UBI. Each of these three turns the argument around using the central concepts in a justification for UBI. Although the central argument is for one specific policy proposal, this book's perspective is much wider, including very basic criticism of social-contract-based and natural-rights-based theories of justice.
The New Cycle and New Finance in China
By Shusong Ba. 2022
This book is a selection of research by a Chinese economist who explains China’s financial system, as well as predicting…the future. The selected 45 articles focus on six topics covering diverse levels: China’s macroeconomic and financial system, financial institutions, payment and clearing industry, inclusive finance, urbanization and financial supervision. The book builds a brand overview on China’s financial development trend in the past recent years and long term.
Make Capitalism History: A Practical Framework for Utopia and the Transformation of Society
By Stefan Meretz, Simon Sutterlütti. 2023
This open access book presents an alternative to capitalism and state socialism through the modelling of a post-market and post-state…utopia based on an upscaling of the commons, feminist political economy and democratic and council-based planning approaches. It discusses the left’s need to explore non-capitalist modes of production, the inability of green or socialist market economies to produce real social and ecological change, and the need to look beyond traditional ideas of reform and revolution. The book discusses how a socio-economic organisation beyond money, wage labour, patriarchal division of work and centralised state planning may look like. It develops an approach to societal transformation based on seed forms of commons practices and social movements. This book will be relevant to activists, students and researchers interested in fundamental social change, political economy and feminist and Marxist economics.This is an open access book.
Regulating Infrastructure: Monopoly, Contracts, and Discretion
By José A. Gómez-Ibáñez, José A Gómez-Ibáñez. 2006
In the 1980s and '90s many countries turned to the private sector to provide infrastructure and utilities, such as gas,…telephones, and highways--with the idea that market-based incentives would control costs and improve the quality of essential services. But subsequent debacles including the collapse of California's wholesale electricity market and the bankruptcy of Britain's largest railroad company have raised troubling questions about privatization. This book addresses one of the most vexing of these: how can government fairly and effectively regulate "natural monopolies"--those infrastructure and utility services whose technologies make competition impractical? Rather than sticking to economics, José Gómez-Ibáñez draws on history, politics, and a wealth of examples to provide a road map for various approaches to regulation. He makes a strong case for favoring market-oriented and contractual approaches--including private contracts between infrastructure providers and customers as well as concession contracts with the government acting as an intermediary--over those that grant government regulators substantial discretion. Contracts can provide stronger protection for infrastructure customers and suppliers--and greater opportunities to tailor services to their mutual advantage. In some cases, however, the requirements of the firms and their customers are too unpredictable for contracts to work, and alternative schemes may be needed.
Proceedings of the International Conference on Global Innovation and Trends in Economics and Business (Advances in Economics, Business and Management Research #667)
By Ying Li, Achmad Nurmandi, Sanchita Saha, Dien Noviany Rahmatika, Khin Sandar Kyaw, Dewi Indriasih, Arif Zainudin, Yanti Puji Astutie, Joko Mariyono, Purwo Susongko, Yuni Arfiani. 2023
This is an open access book.The conferences aims to support research and development in the field of Global Innovation and…Trends in Economics and Business. Another purpose is to improve scientific information exchange among researchers, developers, students, and practitioners. Every year, the conference will be organised to provide an excellent platform for individuals to discuss their perspectives and experiences in the fields of Global Innovation and Trends in Economics and Business, as well as related fields.
Proceedings of the 2022 2nd International Conference on Financial Management and Economic Transition (Advances in Economics, Business and Management Research #664)
By Vilas Gaikar, Min Hou, Sikandar Ali Qalati. 2023
This is an open access book.As a leading role in the global megatrend of scientific innovation, China has been creating…a more and more open environment for scientific innovation, increasing the depth and breadth of academic cooperation, and building a community of innovation that benefits all. Such endeavors are making new contributions to the globalization and creating a community of shared future. FMET is to bring together innovative academics and industrial experts in the field of Financial Management and Economic to a common forum. We will discuss and study about Financial marketing, Corporate finance, Management and administration of commercial Banks, International trade theory and practice, Economy and foreign economic management, Economic information management and other fields. FMET 2022 also aims to provide a platform for experts, scholars, engineers, technicians and technical R & D personnel to share scientific research achievements and cutting-edge technologies, understand academic development trends, expand research ideas, strengthen academic research and discussion, and promote the industrialization cooperation of academic achievements.To adapt to this changing world and China's fast development in the new era, 2022 2nd International Conference on Financial Management and Economic Transition to be held in August 2022. This conference takes "bringing together global wisdom in scientific innovation to promote high-quality development" as the theme and focuses on cutting-edge research fields including Financial Management and Economic Transition. FMET 2022 encourages the exchange of information at the forefront of research in different fields, connects the most advanced academic resources in China and the world, transforms research results into industrial solutions, and brings together talent, technology and capital to drive development. The conference sincerely invites experts, scholars, business people and other relevant personnel from universities, scientific research institutions at home and abroad to attend and exchange!