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Sustainable Companies through Enlightened Boards

Dr Vincenzo Bavoso, a legal researcher on Work Package 2 of the Tipping Points project on financial crises, gives a talk at the Sustainable Companies Project conference held at the University of Oslo, Norway: ‘Sustainable companies through enlightened boards: combining private and public interest in the decision-making of large public firms’.

Who is ‘the 99%’?

July 14, 2012 by

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“…think of what ninety nine percent of the human race want – food, shelter, a secure family life and to be left alone by bosses and busybodies. Unfortunately the one percent who are interested in power and ideals and ideologies are the ones who call the tune.” (Aldous Huxley, 1947) One of the more powerful […]

Blame Games: Scapegoats, Turncoats and Sacrificial Lambs

July 11, 2012 by

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In his speech at the Tipping Points Annual Event on 3rd July 2012 Professor Eric Abrahamson of the Columbia Business School talks about the many different ways in which blame is apportioned in the aftermath of catastrophic tipping point events such as the Global Financial Crisis. The research builds on the rich literature on theories […]

The Dubious Market for Shady Business Techniques

July 9, 2012 by

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In his keynote speech at the Tipping Points conference, on 2-3 July 2012, Professor Eric Abrahamson of the Columbia Business School discussed what he refers to as ‘the dubious market for shady business techniques’.  The talk was largely a critique of the process by which different ideas that purport to ‘revolutionise’ business practice have replaced […]

Political Tipping Points, Part 1: ‘Social exclusion’

July 6, 2012 by

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‘In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible.  Things like the continuance of British rule in India, the Russian purges and deportations, the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, can indeed be defended, but only by arguments which are too brutal for most people to face, and which […]

The spread of minority beliefs

September 2, 2011 by

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A study from the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center based at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York State, USA analysed the influence of committed minority beliefs on populations.  Researchers found that once the minority beliefs of a population pushes beyond 10 percent it rapidly decreases the amount of time needed for the belief to […]

News Corp’s tipping point?

July 26, 2011 by

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Many journalists have referred to the phone-hacking investigation in the UK as the ‘tipping point’ for News Corp, the world’s largest media conglomerate.  You might think ‘well what does this mean exactly’ – collapse of the Fox News network and other new companies owned by News Corp?  Hardly likely, rather it seems that it may […]

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