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The Death Throes of Printed Newspapers?

Written by , on July 20, 2011

Could the current scandals surrounding Rupert Murdoch and his News Corporation organisation be a sign that printed newspapers are in their death throes? Dubious behaviour in a corporation and its management is often a sign of a failing business desperate for revenue. Printed newspapers are a relic of the industrial age and News Corporation seems […]  Read more »

Google Says 20-year Wind Power Agreement Is Good Business Sense

Written by , on July 26, 2010

Google’s energy subsidiary has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with NextEra Energy. Google will begin buying 114 megawatts of electricity from an Iowa wind farm later this year. Google intends to sell this energy on wholesale markets, and simultaneously buy energy where they need it. By buying the wind energy directly, Google has created […]  Read more »

“Free Green” House Plans

Written by , on May 18, 2008

FreeGreen is an American architecture and engineering company which is offering its house plans – with full construction specifications normally costing thousands of dollars – for free (See The environmentally friendly design come with suggestions for particular products which meet FreeGreen’s specifications. Of course, clients can choose any products they like but the company’s […]  Read more »

New Business Models

Written by , on May 14, 2008

The success of Wikipedia has brought the notion of commons to public attention. Commons are not new but were a dominant part of most economic systems prior to the Industrial Revolution. In England, for example, the people of a village would have an area of common land which they could all use for grazing cattle, […]  Read more »

China and the Supply Chain

Written by , on April 26, 2008

It would be hard not to notice China’s ever-increasing domination of the production of ever-cheaper manufactured good. Many in the West explain this by pointing to China’s pool of cheap labour. This simplistic explanation is mistaken and will lead to missed opportunities as China continues to play an increasingly important part in the global economy. […]  Read more »