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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


“…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


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


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


‘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


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


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 […]

Podcast: Banking crises and legislation Part 2

June 13, 2011 by


This is Part 2 of the ‘Banking crises and legislation’ podcast with UK financial historian Prof Ranald Michie and legal expert Dr Folarin Akinbami.  Both researchers are part of ‘Financial Crisis in the Banking Sector: Present and Past’, that looks at recent historical banking crises in the UK.  In this part of the podcast, Folarin […]

Podcast: Banking crises and legislation Part 1

April 12, 2011 by


In this podcast from Tipping Points, Financial Crisis in the Banking Centre: Past and Present, I spoke with Prof Ranald Michie and Dr Folarin Akinbami about the effects of laws on banking in the US and UK. The repeal of the Glass–Steagall Act in the US in particular has resulted in large controversy amongst economists […]

Egypt’s ‘tipping point’?

February 15, 2011 by


The media throughout the world have called the political revolution in Egypt a ‘tipping point.’  Indeed it could result in vast social change throughout the Middle East, affecting the rest of the world in the process.  The demonstrations have gained wide attention, but is Egypt on the verge of democracy, a military regime or something […]


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