Breaking Through | A New Frontier of Technology and Innovation

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We are witnessing the creation of an entirely new paradigm, a fierce wave of technological innovation boosting generations of new businesses and business leaders. The pace of technological applications and innovations has increased significantly in recent years.

Eric Schmidt on “Disruptive technologies”

First Friday Book Synopsis

In the first, Eric Schmidt explores the technologies likely to have the greatest disruptive impact on economies, business models, and people. Later this month the McKinsey Global Institute will publish an assessment of the probable economic impact of disruptive […]. McKinsey & Company has just launched a new series of video interview programs with high-tech experts.

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Greek family businesses are more optimistic about growth in 2021 and 2022 than their global peers (new survey findings)

CEO Insider

Greek family businesses try to get over the difficulties that the Covid-19 pandemic has created by setting priorities similar to their global peers.

Kenya Is Becoming a Global Hub of FinTech Innovation

Harvard Business

Other countries can learn from how it’s using technology to expand financial inclusion. Finance & Accounting Innovation Technology Digital Article

How Blockchain Is Changing Finance

Harvard Business

Our global financial system moves trillions of dollars a day and serves billions of people. To wit, 45% of financial intermediaries , such as payment networks, stock exchanges, and money transfer services, suffer from economic crime every year; the number is 37% for the entire economy, and only 20% and 27% for the professional services and technology sectors, respectively. How Blockchain Works Here are five basic principles underlying the technology.

How Blockchain Applications Will Move Beyond Finance

Harvard Business

To understand the transformation that’s being brought about by blockchain technology, it’s useful to start with its largest implementation to date: bitcoin. How technology is transforming transactions. But bitcoin has been extremely successful at solving the problem it was designed for: allowing a global network to securely transact and exchange value without the need for a costly intermediary.

How Digital Process Innovation Can Influence Organisational Change In The Finance Sector

Strategy Driven

The finance sector as we know it is being transformed by new technology. NEX Optimisation are undergoing an ambitious project to use distributed ledger technology to provide a single source of truth regarding financial transactions. Finance leaders are expected to orchestrate change by closely controlling how their finance systems work alongside other parts of the business. This increased understanding could see a demand for a new type of finance team emerging.

The Globalization Backlash Is Reverberating Through Boardrooms

Harvard Business

Evidence of de-globalization — think Brexit and other attacks on international interdependence — is everywhere. Boards of directors of global corporations will increasingly face strategic choices and capital allocation decisions framed by mounting geo-political risks. As a practical matter, for example, these changes in the global policy regime are forcing multinational corporations to scale back and sell parts of their international operations.

Finance Can Be a Noble Profession (Yes, Really)

Harvard Business

When I ask students graduating from Harvard Business School what they’re doing next, I often get some version of “I’m going into finance but…” Then they quickly explain that finance is just a way station on the route to nobler goals. I seldom, if ever, hear that apologetic tone from students choosing technology companies or consulting. I know many people who find finance intellectually rich and a source of lifelong learning.

Global Companies Need to Adopt Agile Pricing in Emerging Markets

Harvard Business

In a survey of 77 of my company Frontier Strategy Group’s global clients, 88.3% Pricing decisions tend to be made in regional or global headquarters in order to achieve global or at least regional consistency, but this can undermine business objectives when they do not consider local economic conditions and the prices offered by competitors. Pricing Emerging markets Global strategy Currency Digital Article

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Four Innovative Initiatives to Attract and Retain Diverse Women

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an article written by Tina Vasquez (Los Angeles) for The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. Visit us daily to discover issues that matter, share experiences, and plan networking, your career and your life.” What makes this article especially valuable is the wealth of [.].

Survey Data Shows That Many Companies Are Still Not Truly Agile - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM CA TECHNOLOGIES

Harvard Business

By Surya Panditi, SVP and GM, Agile Management, CA Technologies. It’s no use having technology that’s responsive to the business if the business can’t respond to technology and the demands coming from its customers. A recent global survey of almost 1,300 IT and business leaders found companies are keenly aware of the importance of agile. HR, finance, and administration (78 percent). Technology IT Sponsor Content

Managing Remote Teams

Chart Your Course

Remote working has opened up a global talent pool for businesses around the world. Technology has made it possible to have virtual workplaces, eliminating the need for renting a physical office. The benefits are robust in terms of finances, time, and productivity.

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What Are the Benefits of Electronic Payment Systems for Business?

Strategy Driven

An electronic payment system is a globally popular payment technique due to the continuous usage of internet-based activities like baking, shopping, etc. In the globalized world where technology is constantly evolving and developing, around 3.8

Technology Is Changing Transportation, and Cities Should Adapt

Harvard Business

And as innovation brings self-driving cars, electric vehicles, in-vehicle data connectivity, mechanisms for sharing rides and vehicles, and other technologies to more people, getting around cities will become easier, faster, and safer. Such improvements could help cut the costs of traffic congestion ( about 1% of GDP globally ), road accidents ( 1.25

The Extended Manager’s Guide for Managing Remote Teams

Chart Your Course

Remote working has opened up a global talent pool for businesses around the world. Technology has made it possible to have virtual workplaces, eliminating the need for renting a physical office. The benefits are robust in terms of finances, time, and productivity.

HP Headed to Hotel California?

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Peak Globalization

Harvard Business Review

In an uncanny fashion, the beginning of this century mirrors that of the last — the speed, scale, and disruption of globalization is generating a strong nationalist backlash. We, in fact, are living in an era of Peak Globalization as the costs and benefits of globalization begin to diverge according to country, class, and constituency. The centrifugal forces drawing nations toward globalization are giving way to centripetal forces pulling them away from it.

What Digital Change Demands of IT Organizations - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Harvard Business

And that means buying more new technology: IT organizations must adopt new platforms and processes and integrate services in new ways. In a new global survey by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, overall executive confidence in internal IT was very mixed, with only 17 percent of the executives viewing their own IT organization as being extremely capable of executing their company’s digital agenda. DXC Technology helps companies bridge the gap in digital transformation.

Why P2P Lending Makes Complete Sense for Startups

Strategy Driven

percent, despite the global pandemic crisis. Since the entire process is technologically driven, it ensures transparency and involves low operating costs and market risk. Here’s why P2P lending is an ideal business financing option for startups and SMEs. These platforms use the latest technology to provide direct and safe interaction between borrowers and lenders through a simple application process.

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How Technical Debt Opens the Door to Cyber Attacks—and Steps to Protect Your Small Business

Strategy Driven

As technology has evolved over time from main frame to client server to the Internet and now the cloud, the impact of a new Tech Debt 2.0 Managing Your Finances business management CTO IT network Network Security strategydriven

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12 Ways To Save Money While Running Your Business

Strategy Driven

Thanks to technological advancements, businesses don’t have to tether their offices to one location. You can run your business while staying at home by using technological tools to connect with your staff as well as your customers and business partners.

The Thought Leader Interview: Didier Lombard

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries : The Thought Leader Interview: Didier Lombard A formidable transformation is taking place in the global telecommunications industry Art Kleiner “data tsunami” Booz & Company Cisco Systems Inc. Here is another outstanding interview of Didier Lombard from a series featured by strategy+business magazine, published by Booz & Comany. The interview was conducted by Art Kleiner and Pierre Péladeau.

How Big Data Brings Marketing and Finance Together

Harvard Business Review

Rajamannar involved finance early. To spearhead analytic efforts, he assigned a finance person – who was already embedded in marketing – to create an ROI evaluation framework and integrated her deeper into the marketing function. While marketing might focus on maximizing card transactions, or swipes, finance understands that not all swipes are equal (depending on the deal with a given bank). Once mostly marketing, it’s now equal parts marketing, finance and analytics.

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A Quiet Revolution in Clean-Energy Finance

Harvard Business Review

Between 2006 and 2008, more than $1 billion venture-capital dollars were channeled into startups focused on solar, wind and biofuel technologies. In the last year, however, early-stage investments in clean energy production technologies have fallen substantially (see the table at the end of this piece for more detail). Although generalist VC investors have shied away from the sector, a number of specialist clean-technology investors have emerged in the last decade.

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2020 Top CHRO List – The People Leaders To Watch

N2Growth Blog

We find ourselves amidst the challenges of living and working in a triple-threat world of a global pandemic, economic instability, and political unrest. Remember, it’s the people and culture who enable technology and marketing success – not the other way around. ?.

How GE and IBM are Playing Global Development to Win

Harvard Business Review

Most big corporations follow global development trends. CEO Ginni Rometty took the top job in 2012, and identified Africa as a locus of technological growth early in her tenure. It was co-hosted by the Minister of Technology and included ministers from the cabinet charged with meeting the Grand Challenges IBM identified. Global business

Globalization Is Becoming More About Data and Less About Stuff

Harvard Business Review

Globalization is not what it was even a decade ago. The 20th-century version of globalization was defined by rapidly growing trade in goods, as major multinationals created supply chains that spanned the world. Today growth in global trade has flattened, and it looks unlikely to regain its previous peak relative to world GDP anytime soon. But globalization hasn’t gone into reverse. Rethink your global footprint and organizational structures.

The “Smart Society” of the Future Doesn’t Look Like Science Fiction

Harvard Business

While flights of imagination from science-fiction writers, filmmakers, and techno-futurists involve things like flying cars and teleportation, in practice smart technology is making inroads in a piecemeal fashion, often in rather banal circumstances. The potential for technologies to enable smart societies is rising. The market for smart technologies is predicted to be worth up to $1.6 The technology is just a way to get there. What is a “smart” society?

Global NGOs Spend More on Accounting Than Multinationals

Harvard Business Review

Who, for instance, would have guessed that global NGOs spend nearly 80% more to track their finances and employ nearly twice as many finance staff as comparable for-profit multinationals? In that regard, NGOs find themselves facing the same issues that vexed multinational corporations as they began to master globalized operations several decades ago. The absence of efficient financial management systems reflects comparatively low spending on information technology.

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Unify Your Global Company Through a Common Language

Harvard Business Review

One of the biggest challenges facing any company in global expansion mode is how to maintain swift and sure communication. At Rakuten we faced this challenge and have embraced a solution that not only improved our communication as a company, but it propelled us into the ranks of global expansion leadership. It was purely a practical choice, drawn from my own experiences in the global marketplace. Try thinking about this in terms of your own global business efforts.

Tackling Big Global Challenges with Low-Cost Innovation

Harvard Business Review

The Global Digital Economy. To keep the rise of global temperatures below 1.5 could harness technologies like 3D printing to build affordable houses faster and cleaner and make them accessible to most Americans. Finance. Armed with 3D printers, mobile technology, and open-source hardware, a new generation of innovators is emerging to address our basic needs faster, better, and cheaper than traditional providers. dave wheeler FOR HBR.

The Questions Executives Should Ask About 3D Printing

Harvard Business

Carmakers have started using 3D technology to produce parts. 3D printing is poised to redefine global manufacturing and distribution. The technology is expected to lead to reductions in the cost of employment, capital investment, shipping and inventory as well. manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers, according to a leading technology industry analyst. It’s too early to answer the countless questions this disruptive new technology will raise.

The Ex-Im Bank Fight and the Future of Global Competitiveness

Harvard Business Review

But, this old Congressional debate, sparked by critics who want a return to smaller government, obscures the profound global economic issues which the U.S. The Ex-Im Bank was formed in the 1930s to help finance U.S. Today, it provides financing support to exporters or to their customers overseas, when, per its charter, private credit is not readily available (locomotives to Kazakhstan, medical supplies to Viet Nam). Competition Global business Government

What are the best business management courses?

Strategy Driven

Global business. Finance. Finance. Course instructions are offered in the following areas: Global leadership. Global business. Technologies and applications associated with human resource management. Finance. Technology.

The Hidden Costs of Initial Coin Offerings

Harvard Business

More recently, it has gained attention as a way to finance new ventures, through what is known as an Initial Coin Offering (ICO). Less noticed, though, is ICOs appear almost antithetical to the standard approach to financing a risky venture. By making the tokens issued through the ICO widely available and liquid (and by using the cash raised to finance further development of activity on the network), projects can rapidly channel developer attention towards their protocols.

Can the U.S. Become a Base for Serving the Global Economy?

Harvard Business Review

shares of the global operations of U.S.-based Despite decades of globalization, these companies remain predominantly U.S. companies, locating the lion's share of their global business activities in America (about 65% of their sales, 68% of their employment, 70% of their capital investment, and 84% of their R&D spending in 2009). Overall, the share of domestic employment in the total global employment of U.S. multinationals by the McKinsey Global Institute.

The Dangers of Digital Protectionism

Harvard Business

Although cross-border data flows grew 45x between 2005 and 2014, according to a McKinsey analysis , events since 2014 have pushed the pendulum to swing away from unconstrained data globalization. Still others hope to create market barriers for global companies — a form of digital protectionism. The draft bill has generated much debate, including some concern from global technology giants as well as Nasscom, India’s IT industry body.

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No Company Can Solve a Massive Global Problem on Its Own

Harvard Business Review

How can one organization even begin to attempt to solve a complex global problem like climate change, food insecurity, deteriorating infrastructure, or economic inequality? An example of system leadership can be found in the food industry, where an initiative that began with 17 food and agribusiness companies grew into a global network of 500 organizations taking action in 19 countries. Meeting these goals may require new skills and capacities, as well as new financing models.

Another Year Has Passed, but the List of Massive Global Problems Has Stayed the Same

Harvard Business Review

“All this is fine if you don’t have a very severe economic slowdown…the problem we will see is that the financing they are getting is then sold together with these collateralized debt deals. But this takes top management commitment, patience, persistence, and real creativity in the use of talent and technology.

Can We Keep Our Biases from Creeping into AI?

Harvard Business

The good news is that AI is an opportunity to build technology with less human bias and built-in inequality than has been the case in previous innovations. But that will only happen if we expand AI talent pools and explicitly test AI-driven technologies for bias. Technology inevitably reflects its creators in a myriad of ways, conscious and unconscious. The more long-term approach requires expanding the talent pool of people working on the next generation of AI technologies.

What Do 5 Top Women In Tech Have In Common?

Women on Business

Sheryl was also the former Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, where she launched Google’s philanthropic. is a Harvard graduate that started LearnVest, an online personal-finance resource for young women. Businesswomen Profiles Guest Posts Leadership Technology Alexa Von Tobel Arianna Huffington Rachel Sklar Rachel Sterne Sheryl Sandberg women in techGuest post by Kristen Brophy (learn more about Kristen at the end of this post).

Debunking Myths About Highly-Skilled Immigration and the Global Race for Talent

Harvard Business Review

Salzman says that the US graduates far more workers in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM) than the tech industry needs and that foreign workers are causing Americans to get discouraged and join other professions. Could there indeed be a vast conspiracy by the technology industry to exclude Americans from the innovation economy? Many leave the field for other pursuits like finance and law — which sometimes pay higher wages.