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What's Driving Americans to Retire Abroad?

July 18th, 2012  |  Source: K@W

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Do Business Schools Incubate Criminals?

July 17th, 2012  |  Source: Bloomberg

The recent scandals at Barclays Plc, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and other banks might give the impression that the financial sector has some serious morality problems. Unfortunately, it’s worse than that: We are dealing with a drop in ethical standards throughout the business world, and our graduate schools are partly to blame.


Microsoft’s Downfall: Inside the Executive E-mails and Cannibalistic Culture That Felled a Tech Giant

July 8th, 2012  |  Source: Vanity Fair

Analyzing one of American corporate history’s greatest mysteries—the lost decade of Microsoft—two-time George Polk Award winner (and V.F.’s newest contributing editor) Kurt Eichenwald traces the “astonishingly foolish management decisions” at the company that “could serve as a business-school case study on the pitfalls of success.”


Not for sale: What Money Can’t Buy

July 4th, 2012  |  Source: FT.com

Our romance with capitalism is a Faustian bargain, but two critiq:ues warn that giving free rein to markets comes at the cost of giving up a part of our soul

Martin Sandbu reviews:

What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, by Michael Sandel, Allen Lane /Farrar, Straus and Giroux

How Much is Enough? The Love of Money, and the Case for the Good Life, by Robert and Edward Skidelsky, Allen Lane

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Too Much Faith in Markets Denies Us the Good Life

June 7th, 2012  |  Source: Bloomberg Opinion

John Maynard Keynes’s generation of economists assumed that as people became more efficient at satisfying their wants, they would, and should as rational agents, work less and enjoy life more. Yet power relationships and the insatiability of human wants are such that we have maintained an ethic of acquisitiveness.


Offshore boat nurtures non-US tech startups

May 30th, 2012  |  Source: Springwise.com

Located close to Silicon Valley, Blueseed aims to be the first offshore floating startup community for firms whose employees do not have US work permits.

With plans to launch between the third quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014, Blueseed will consist of a large vessel located 12 nautical miles from the coast of California, in non-territorial waters.


The Pennsylvania Ghost Town That's Been Burning For 50 Years

May 27th, 2012  |  Source: Businessinsider.com

It's not completely clear how the fire started, but most historical accounts hold that burning trash in a landfill near an abandoned strip mine ignited an exposed coal vein. The fire spread throughout a labyrinth of coal mines beneath the town, creating a giant underground inferno. 

That was 50 years ago today. 

Half a century later, Centralia, Pennsylvania still burns.  


How aid got smarter

May 26th, 2012  |  Source: FT.com

 

Academics, donors and some aid agencies have begun measuring what works. Development is becoming a science

I knew I was going to love this job here,” says Anthony Lake, Unicef’s executive director, pointing at his heart beneath his suit jacket. “But,” he points to his head, “it is fascinating here too. There are no boring bits.”


Exile on Wall Street: One Analyst's Fight to Save the Big Banks from Themselves

May 22nd, 2012  |  Source: CasePlace.org

An insider points out the holes that still exist on Wall Street and in the banking system. Exile on Wall Street is a gripping read for anyone with an interest in business and finance, U.S. capitalism, the future of banking, and the root causes of the financial meltdown. 


A Harvard MBA's radical quest to erase his debt

May 16th, 2012  |  Source: Fortune

B-school grad Joe Mihalic went on an extreme financial diet to pay down over $90,000 in debt in just seven months and charted his story through an anonymous blogging project.

By John A. Byrne




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