July in Five Articles by Business Digest

We apply our research expertise to offer you a monthly selection of five articles that attracted our attention with their originality, relevance and/or in-depth analysis. Happy reading!

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1. ECONOMY AND SOCIETY
“How Competition Has Failed Us” The Globe and Mail
Only a short step separates the theories of Darwin from the principles of capitalism. Natural selection, which is necessary for the survival of the species, is based on the idea of competition. But what if we have got it wrong? What if the best strategy for survival is not to compete but to cooperate?

2. EMERGING ECONOMIES
“Lessons from the East Asian Development Model” Strategy&
It is possible that neo-liberal thinking, which sees democracy and the free market as the essential prerequisites for economic growth, has had its day. The highly promising or booming (and not always very free) economies in Africa, the Middle East and South-East Asia provide ample evidence.

3. STRATEGY
“Businesses Need to Spend More. The Future of the Economy Depends on It” The New York Times
U.S. business investment in hardware and software, which is a source of productivity gains, has still not reached pre-2008 levels. Neil Irwin urges company leaders to apply the teachings of Keynes: spend and invest!

4. EDUCATION
“Disruption Ahead: What MOOCs Will Mean for MBA Programs” Knowledge @Wharton
Studying could soon involve little more than consulting on-line learning platforms. Two researchers from the University of Wharton identify three possible scenarios for the future of business schools following the development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

5. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
“The Right Way to Unplug When You Are on Vacation” Harvard Business Review
We can already hear you moaning and grumbling in September that you spent your holiday replying to emails from killjoy customers or your boss. It’s something you – and us – want to avoid, so here’s a list of some excellent tips for making the most of your time off.