Business & Economics

The felicitous constraints of “lean” markets

It has often been observed that poetry freed from the constraints of metre and rhyme — a form generally known as “free verse” — does not necessarily enable greater creativity in a poet, and may indeed lead to less. A

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On the ashes of the old

The music industry was among the first of the big entertainment businesses to feel the impact of the Internet, starting with MP3 downloads, ad-free radio, the file-sharing challenge of Napster, and, most recently, the single-channel price-setting domination of iTunes. Today

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“Google it” today, but “experience it” tomorrow

Ian Garrick Mason: I’d like to introduce Erin Bury, who will be contributing to the SCOPE Magazine blog by discovering and presenting start-up companies from around the world who are basing their businesses on great new ideas. Erin is the

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Beyond the base of the pyramid

There is by now an extensive and growing literature about how to do business profitably at “the base of the pyramid” — which is to say, among low-income consumers in developing markets. But a new article published in California Management

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Low into high, but not high into low

The global success of Japanese companies can be measured by the recitation of familiar names: Toyota, Hitachi, Honda, Nissan, Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba. These seven are among the world’s one hundred largest corporations, and the latest Fortune Global 500 has 64

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Until your Rolodex arrives

I had the pleasure this morning of having coffee with Erin Bury, the dynamic young manager of community relations and communications for Sprouter.com. Launched in Toronto barely a year ago, Sprouter now acts as a professional community for entrepreneurs around

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Farewell to Plant 2

A piece of business history today: Boeing’s Plant 2 is being torn down. In contrast to the even older (and no longer extant) Plant 1, which was essentially a hand-assembly shed for biplanes, Plant 2 was a massive facility that

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