Creating a New Approach to Engineering and Innovation at Hitachi Metals - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM HITACHI METALS, LTD.

Harvard Business

As the new general manager of the Global Research & Innovative Technology Center (GRIT) at Hitachi Metals, Kenichi Inoue is tasked with creating an updated framework for research and development in advanced materials, helping his organization make the shift to a new approach to engineering and innovation in a disrupted world. But innovations in this area could be a launchpad for major business opportunities in new fields for the company.

Why Leaders Need to Think More Like Professional Gamblers

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O NE OF the unfortunate side effects of living in an age of accelerating technology is having to deal with increased uncertainty. Our instinct for determinism may well have been an evolutionary innovation. While their job may have been setting or applying strict credit policies in the past, they may now start to wonder whether their traditional credit rating models are still effective.

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The Impact of the Blockchain Goes Beyond Financial Services

Harvard Business

The technology most likely to change the next decade of business is not the social web, big data, the cloud, robotics, or even artificial intelligence. It’s the blockchain, the technology behind digital currencies like Bitcoin. Blockchain technology is complex, but the idea is simple. On the blockchain, trust is established, not by powerful intermediaries like banks, governments and technology companies, but through mass collaboration and clever code.

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How Blockchain Could Help Emerging Markets Leap Ahead

Harvard Business

Much has been made of the potential for blockchain technologies to open up new vistas for business and society. But is there a way for this revolutionary technology to empower the rich and poor alike? How Blockchain Works Here are five basic principles underlying the technology. This in turn boosted development by allowing relatively poor farmers to reliably send and receive payments at affordable rates, fostering economic growth by lowering transaction costs.

The Real Solution Is Growth

Harvard Business Review

Recent headlines have focused on the debt ceiling , the recent credit rating downgrade , unemployment , and the other thorny fiscal challenges facing the United States. But consider this: increasing the country's average growth rate by one percentage point over the next 20 years would not only result in much higher incomes and more jobs for all Americans but would also obviate the need for drastic spending cuts today to reign in the government deficit. Economy Innovation

Africa’s Unique Opportunity to Promote Inclusive Growth

Harvard Business Review

But with robust growth rates and economies unburdened by legacy structures of the last century, Africans can innovate beyond what others are doing. The African Development Bank (AfDB) is the most visible organization tasked with shepherding that inclusive innovative growth. The AfDB has the strongest credit rating of any organization in Africa and in 2008, it surpassed the World Bank in lending to Africa , a signal of Africa’s growing agency in its own development.