Child Under-nourishment as a Social Predicament
This lecture is in honour of Dr Indraprastha Gordhanbhai (I.G) Patel who was the ninth director of the London School of Economics from 1984 to 1990. Amartya Sen is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, at Harvard University and was until recently the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has served as President of the Econometric Society, the Indian Economic Association, the American Economic Association and the International Economic Association. H
ICC names Kenya violence suspects
Kenyans have mixed reactions to the International Criminal Court's release of suspects' names in the 2008 post election violence that left more than 1,200 people dead.
Protests in Greece turn violent
Protesters in Greece clash with police in central Athens, exchanging petrol bombs and tear gas
Facebook founder "Person of the Yr."
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, which now boasts half a billion users, was named Time magazine's 2010 Person of the Year.
Asia's Rice Bowl Half Empty
As the pace of rice output slows and strong demand continues, Asia may face a major food shortage.
Russia's ethnic violence crackdown
Hundreds of people detained in Moscow and St Petersburg in what authorities say is a move to prevent new outbreaks of ethnic violence.
Authors@Google: The Lost Girls
Two of the three "Lost Girls" stopped Google's New York offices to discuss their lastest book and upcoming projects with Googlers and moderated by Lee Stimmel. The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World. "This memoir is wonderful: Funny, smart, honest, and perfectly captures that odd time in life when you're no longer an adolescent, but still wobbling into adulthood." More information: Jen, Holly, and Amanda are at a crossroads. They're feeling
Jazz Conversation with Jim Hall
Jazz guitarist and composer Jim Hall talks about his life in music with Larry Appelbaum, senior music reference specialist in the Library's Music Division. Speaker Biography: Jim [James Stanley] Hall was born in Buffalo, Dec. 4, 1930. After studying composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Hall moved to Los Angeles where he studied classical guitar and began working with Chico Hamilton's Quintet and the Jimmy Giuffre Three. A gifted, thoughtful improviser, Hall is best known for his col
Special Topics in Embedded Systems
* Understand embedded systems * How is it different from general purpose computer systems such as PC? * Then… we are going to jump into a simple embedded system and play with it throughout the course -Introduction to ARM -Introduction to Skyeye and AT91 -And then Lab, Lab, Lab…. * As a side effect, you will be familiarized with Linux environment after taking this class
Japanese business: Time to take the brake off?
The Japanese economy may be the second largest in the world, but it was struggling in the 1990s and early 2000s. And while economic pain might have resulted in structural reforms elsewhere, that has not happened in Japan.
Identifying, assessing and mitigating political risk
Businesses try to avoid investing in countries or areas of an economy where they face a high probability that their investment returns will be reduced or even eliminated completely by political developments. Yet while investors the world over are willing to spend considerable time and money employing lawyers and accountants to carry out ‘due diligence’ on planned investments, particularly those in foreign jurisdictions, very few resources - if any - are allocated to examining the political
On pricing anomalies and the limits of arbitrage
Textbooks say that even minuscule differences in the price of identical goods in two places should be short-lived. But anomalies do exist, and they often persist for far longer than theories predict, write Denis Gromb and Dimitri Vayanos.
Cost innovation and the dragons
INSEAD Affiliate Professor of Asian Business and International Management Peter Williamson says Chinese companies are tapping niche markets and customising products, but instead of looking at premium pricing they’re choosing to go mass market with ‘everyday low prices on steroids.’
Success: A huge business vulnerability?
Former Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Bob Herbold says success creates nine dangerous traps for companies around the world today. “Once they reach some level of success they tend to lose their sense of urgency,” the INSEAD senior executive in residence says. Many companies “think they have found the secret that will lead to everlasting success. Little do they know that by turning their previously successful practices into legacy practices that they follow continually, they’re putting
The Experience Trap
When companies look for a manager, they should look for experience, right?
Well, maybe not. INSEAD professors Kishore Sengupta and Luk Van Wassenhove say their research has revealed what they call the 'experience trap.' "Conventional wisdom holds that as we do more things more often, we learn from experience and get better and better, and what we found in our research was that actually some of it may not be the case," Sengupta says.
Winning with value
Too many companies focus on just the cost of software systems, rather than look at the business value they generate. That may not be surprising given the complexities of trying to assess the value of software assets, but according to a new study by INSEAD professor Soumitra Dutta, companies who do this are taking the easy way out.
In the study called 'Recognising the True Value of Software Assets', Dutta argues that this key existing asset represents 'enormous hidden value for the firm
New media: The online evolution of newspapers
In September, the New York Times did an about-face of sorts. It ended its paid-for online subscription model, under which it had been charging for access to premium content by columnists and commentators.
Len Apcar, deputy managing editor of the International Herald Tribune and a former editor-in-chief of NYTimes.com, says enabling free and unfettered access to the online paper has "proven to be a very successful advertising model by itself."
Claire Pike remembers: INSEAD’s Secretary-General reflects on her three decades at the school on t
In 1968, Claire Pike began her MBA studies at INSEAD, her first step on the road leading to her present position as Secretary General of the school. After three decades of service, she talks to INSEAD Knowledge Executive Editor Shellie Karabell about her experiences and about developments at the school.
The global business leader
Leadership has nothing to do with titles. J. Frank Brown, the Dean of INSEAD, has met a lot of CEOs in his two-and-a-half decades in business and many of them are nothing more than LINOs - Leaders In Name Only. "A lot of people talk about leadership and not that many actually do it," Brown said in an interview with INSEAD Knowledge. Brown believes there are seven hallmarks of a great leader. "I think the most important one is how you communicate and how you listen because if you’re going to be
Healthcare2020: Women and leadership- the next decade
Technology is presenting an opportunity for women to progress in the healthcare industry, in which they are currently underrepresented. "The digital world is changing healthcare with the new technology system that currently is underleveraged," says Lynn O’Connor Vos, the CEO and president of Grey Healthcare Group.