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How millennials became the world’s most powerful consumers

By: EBR | Friday, June 8, 2018

They are the biggest global generation — and their choices ??are upending business? from the US to China

Forty-eight countries have adopted and agreed to support and monitor implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct, at the OECD’s Annual Meeting at Ministerial Level taking place this week in Paris. OECD countries, together with Colombia and Lithuania who have been invited to join the Organisation, plus Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Peru, Romania, Tunisia and Ukraine are the adherents to this new instrument.

Efforts to drive more responsible business conduct through new OECD instrument

By: EBR | Thursday, May 31, 2018

Ministers from OECD and developing economies have committed to step up their efforts to promote responsible business conduct by companies in order to drive more inclusive and sustainable economic growth

New professions. Technology creates more jobs than it destroys, but change is painful. A recent McKinsey study reveals that 56% of new jobs are in brand-new professions. If you take a look at the World Economic Forum's career page, you’ll see the kinds of professionals we’re looking for: experts in artificial intelligence, the internet of things, specialists in cyber-security, internet governance, social media, start-ups, machine learning, robotics, 3D printing, autonomous vehicles, Blockchain and so on.

4 mega-trends for the future of work

By: EBR | Friday, May 11, 2018

We’ve become accustomed to thinking that technological advances are eliminating jobs and tasks that require low-level professional qualifications

Trying to apply the old model of determining strategy in the corner office and issuing orders is simply ineffective and inefficient today. From “Commander-in-Chief”, the CEO has become “Chief Enabler of the Organisation”. His or her role is to enable other employees to perform.

CEOs should be Chief Enablement Officers

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Leadership is about energising people rather than issuing orders

The 7 forces that will change the way you work

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Technological and social forces are transforming how work gets done, who does it, and even what work looks like

The hope is to bust the blockchain hype and encourage a practice approach by shifting focus to the business problem and away from a particular technological solution.

These 11 questions will help you decide if blockchain is right for your business

By: EBR | Friday, April 27, 2018

One of the most unique aspects of blockchain is its high number of evangelists – people who believe blockchain can solve everything from global financial inequality, to the provision of ID for refugees, to enabling people to sell their houses without an estate agent

The United States, while actively encouraging closer Japan-India relations, has also criticized China in its new National Security Strategy: “China is using economic inducements and penalties, influence operations, and implied military threats to persuade other states to heed its political and security agenda. China’s infrastructure investments and trade strategies reinforce its geopolitical aspirations.”

The challenge to China’s New Silk Road

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) is a collaborative vision shared by India and Japan to create a growth corridor and industrial network connecting Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Africa across the Indo-Pacific region

QS said Cambridge, which ranked 7th in the overall business and management studies list, scored highly because it was active in encouraging and enabling entrepreneurship from its students, with close ties to the Cambridge Cluster - an area home to several high-tech software, electronics and biotechnology businesses.

These are the most popular business schools with employers

By: EBR | Friday, April 20, 2018

Higher education group QS has released its annual guide to the best universities in the world, including breakdowns for the leading institutions by subject

It says that by 2030, digitization in China has the potential to shift (and create) value equivalent to 10 to 45% of the revenue pools across the consumer goods and retail, automotive and mobility, healthcare, and freight and logistics industries.

42 percent of global e-commerce is happening in China: Here’s why

By: EBR | Friday, April 13, 2018

China’s digital economy has experienced massive growth over the last decade

The blockchain is a highly transparent, resilient and efficient distributed public ledger, in which a cloud-based ledger or database is spread geographically across a peer-to-peer network of computers. As such, it is a global and open resource in the sense that no company or person owns the technology, and it does not rely on a trusted third party.

This is how new technologies could improve education forever

By: EBR | Friday, March 30, 2018

In this era of machine meritocracy, the traditional systems of learning and education must be changed to match the reality of a future dominated by phenomena such as blockchain and artificial intelligence

It’s high time to turn the spotlight on indirect taxes such as VAT. While the tax authorities may well be capable of tracking on-line transactions within their own domestic borders, it’s much harder for them to do the same with cross-border transactions. Indeed, the European Commission reckons that the authorities are currently missing out on €5 billion worth of VAT revenue each year because of these on-line transactions. This figure could rise to €7 billion by 2020.

Boundless growth of digital economy creates need for tighter tax supervision

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Online transactions are much easier to conceal from the tax authorities than physical transactions are

We often hear that running a large company is one of the most complex jobs in the world. Business schools, strategic consultancies, headhunting firms, training providers, executive coaches all have a tendency to mystify the work of the CEO.

The Four Essential Roles of a CEO

By: EBR | Thursday, March 15, 2018

Twenty global business leaders share the attributes that make them effective

Some social enterprises may be able to endure the long time horizons, but for many early-stage ventures, investing in a partnership with a larger, better-resourced player, with extensive due diligence and decision-making processes, may be a deal-breaker. These delays can be a death knell for early ventures that do not have the time or capital.

How social entrepreneurs can strike partnerships with big companies

By: EBR | Friday, March 9, 2018

Sebastian Ugarte, CEO of inclusive fintech startup, Destacame, had started to lose hope

It is racing to make the 5G mobile technology available for consumers by 2025, but the EU is lagging behind faster competitors in Asia and the US. The EU struggles with legal roadblocks and the crippling level of investment. According to the European Commission, 5G could bring a growth boost of €113 billion to the EU’s automotive, health, transport and energy sectors by 2025; telecom operators need to invest €56.6 billion to pay for 5G networks covering the entire EU.

The 5G revolution - EU lagging behind the US and Asia

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The telecom industry is preparing a next step, called 5G, the fifth generation of mobile technology

The concept of accountability puts humans and agencies led by people at its centre. Algorithms developed by deep learning cannot be held responsible. Hence, even if we assign accountability to a state, a programmer or a military commander as substitutes, this would hardly be meaningful, if none of these entities understands how and why the algorithm has made its decision.

Is influence of artificial intelligence on modern security far greater than we think?

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 6, 2018

This year’s Munich Security Conference in mid-February kicked off quite spectacularly

Mobile of course doesn’t just mean cellphones. Mobile today means smart city Internet of Things (IoT) devices and whole gamut of ‘embedded computing’, it means software specifically designed to serve smaller ‘form factor’ devices, it means cloud datacenters to pump Internet-based web services from data analytics to Artificial Intelligence (AI) onto our devices... and mobile means networks and automation layers to connect our machines with each other in the right place with the right data  at the right time.

Mobile World Congress 2018: State Of The Mobile Nation

By: EBR | Monday, February 26, 2018

Alongside Germany’s CeBIT, Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) conference and exhibition is regarded as one of the event behemoths in the European technology calendar

We convened an elite cross-section of the group last month Lordship Park in North London, including Ora, to share their entrepreneurial stories and for the group portrait you see above. Find out more about some of these all-star Under 30s below.

30 Under 30 Europe 2018: Meet The Young Leaders, Inventors And Visionary Entrepreneurs

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 21, 2018

“I assert myself in things that I want to achieve, and I just don’t give up,” says chart-topping singer Rita Ora, who started out performing at her father’s London pub after the refugee family emigrated from Kosovo

 It takes a plan to change the dynamics at play that have kept women entrepreneurs from breaking through. I don’t say ‘held them down’ because I’m an optimist, but without question, the infrastructure has been missing that would help women rise up.

The infrastructure that makes women entrepreneurs unstoppable

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Many talk about the old boy’s network (here in the South it’s the good ole’ boy’s network) that helps develop, elevate and advance their peers. In the #MeToo environment, many think this network needs to be burned to the ground

Women’s jobs are likely to be disproportionately affected by automation, at least in the short term. Of the 1.4 million US jobs that are projected to become disrupted between now and 2026, over half (57%) are done by women, an issue also reflected in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2017.

Which of tomorrow’s jobs are you most qualified for?

By: EBR | Friday, February 16, 2018

The global labour market will experience rapid change over the next decade. The reason: more jobs becoming automated as technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics take over the workplace

While the West would regard insider trading laws as well defined and understood, the East is quickly catching up and using big data and advanced algorithms to detect anomalies in trading patterns that will eventually lead to more prosecutions. We would expect this to trend to continue to raise more awareness around insider trading legislation in China and help companies that enforce best practices around this important topic to gain market share.

Insider Trading: Playing the Devil’s Advocate

By: EBR | Thursday, February 15, 2018

In theory, insider trading is illegal in most parts of the world. In practice, the line is often blurred, and many walk it. The largest prison sentence ever handed down for insider trading in the US was 11 years – a long way from the decades, centuries or even millennia people get for fraud

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