The Innovators Dilemma

The Innovators Dilemma

– by Clayton M. Christensen What do the Honda Supercub, Intel’s 8088 processor, and hydraulic excavators have in common? In The Innovator’s Dilemma they are all examples of disruptive technologies that helped to redefine the competitive landscape of their respective markets. These products did not come about as the result of successful companies carrying out […]

The word globalisation is out of date. This is what should replace it

Furthermore, internetisation has also enabled professionals, scientists and many other specialists with an effective and convenient manner for maintaining and updating their professional qualifications through electronic accessibility to lifelong learning.

The word globalisation is out of date. This is what should replace it

The word globalisation has lost its relevance and lustre with the emergence of the new global economy of the 21st century. In fact, it’s become an anachronism. Its deficiency is that it’s not a new concept which creates nuances of confusion. Globalisation describes the international outreach of countries for the purpose of economic, social, political […]

The real risk of automation: boredom

What happens if we miss out on positive experiences associated with effort? Will we lose the ‘effort’ habit in the process, with deleterious effects further down the line?

The real risk of automation: boredom

  A less effortful, more efficient life may not be a better life. Are we at risk of boring ourselves to death? Less than 5% of occupations are 100% automatable, according to estimates. However, 30% of the work involved in most jobs could be carried out by machines. For the overworked employee, a reduced workload […]

Bali’s Mt Agung eruption shows how businesses should and shouldn’t react

Bali’s Mt Agung eruption shows how businesses should and shouldn’t react

  Tourism businesses should start by communicating precisely what they are going to do about the situation to the customer – quickly and clearly, to reduce uncertainty and avoid confusion.  Russel PJ Kingshott, Senior Lecturer in Retailing, School of Marketing, Curtin Business School, Curtin University   There’s nothing like an erupting volcano to reveal who does and […]

The truth behind big bubbles and crashes

The truth behind big bubbles and crashes

When Katherine Hunt’s dad asked her whether or not he should invest in Bitcoin, alarm bells rang, first she thought “he’s a musician”. Hunt is a lecturer in accounting at the Griffith Business School, and as someone who knows the five stages of a bubble and crash, she was worried when it seemed everyone was […]

Media Kit updated

Media Kit updated

The Mirror Media Kit has recently been updated and is available for viewing at: https://issuu.com/kimalves/docs/mhb_17059_mirror_media_kit If you have inspiring stories, disruptive ideas, and ways of bringing about social change, let us know. publisher@xtra.co.nz

Why you should eat a plant-based diet

Why you should eat a plant-based diet

Katherine Livingstone Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University. Plant-based diets are often shown to be good for health. Yet Australians eat a lot of meat and are sometimes reluctant to completely cut meat from their diet. So it’s important to know that eating a […]

4 ways Africa can achieve a manufacturing renaissance

There are already several positive signs. Overseas Development Institute datashow that African manufacturing production, exports and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) have developed positively over the last decade.

4 ways Africa can achieve a manufacturing renaissance

Manufacturing production in Africa more than doubled over the past decade. For the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Organisation of African Unity (now the African Union), African leaders adopted the Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want– a vision for a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development. One of the defining […]

This is how a universal basic income can end financial exclusion

This is how a universal basic income can end financial exclusion

A customer withdraws money from a Bank of Baroda automated teller machine (ATM) in Mumbai, India The main argument for a universal basic income (UBI) is that it would reduce poverty and income inequality. Yet UBI advocates often overlook a range of other potential benefits. Digital UBI payments can bring people into the financial system […]

Oslo just decided to get rid of its parking spaces 

The Norwegian capital already has the world’s highest proportion of electric vehicles, and runs one third of its bus fleet on biogas and biodiesel. So the city looked to private cars, which produce almost 40% of Oslo's transport emissions.

Oslo just decided to get rid of its parking spaces 

Oslo had hoped to be the first major European city to ban cars, but a furious backlash forced the council to think again. In October 2015, a progressive political alliance gained control of Oslo’s city council and announced its aim to make it a greener capital. The Guardian reports that it committed to slashing greenhouse gas emissions to 95% […]

What China’s soccer spending teaches us about globalisation

In the same way, economic globalisation has brought improvements in living standards around the world. According to the World Bank, trade has helped halve the number of people living in extreme poverty since 1990. Specific to China.

What China’s soccer spending teaches us about globalisation

On 4 June 2002, the national football team of the People’s Republic of China took to the field for its first ever match in the FIFA World Cup. For the few thousand Chinese fans in the stadium, and the 500 million or so watching at home, the fact the team had made it there at […]

Australia can’t lose in the global race for cheaper, cleaner energy

Gas-fired generation is high in this scenario. If improved energy productivity reduces emissions elsewhere, the electricity sector will have less pressure to phase out highly polluting generators.

Australia can’t lose in the global race for cheaper, cleaner energy

Paul Graham, Chief economist, CSIRO energy, CSIRO. Despite our sometimes heated national debate about our energy future, Australia is well positioned to benefit from innovative low emission technologies. No matter which avenue we take to cleaner energy, our energy-rich resources means there are opportunities for Australian businesses – and cheaper energy for Australian consumers. That’s […]

IoT start up set to benefit farmers

IoT start up set to benefit farmers

A BloomSky weather station on display at the Farming2020 event in South Waikato.  Fonterra farmers will come together to trial innovative technology that will allow them to take insights from the weather and bring greater precision to New Zealand dairy farms. Fonterra is playing its part in fuelling the revolution of on-farm weather forecasting by […]

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