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Creating an effective workforce system for the new economy
Governments have an important role to play in building a deeper pool of qualified workers and fueling economic growth.
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Productivity across the global mining sector is starting to improve
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Can smart cities be equitable?
For urban planners, data and technology are valuable tools to improve administration and services, but they come with a hidden cost: the potential to deepen inequality among digitally marginalized...
Are we in a corporate debt bubble?
Growth of corporate debt is not as ominous as it first appears and, indeed, in some ways even points to a positive economic outcome, writes Susan Lund in Project Syndicate.
How the Houston Astros are winning through advanced analytics
In the first of a two-part interview, the architect of last year’s World Series champions shares how analytics, organization, and culture combine to create competitive advantage in a zero-sum...
Is your company ready for the rise of smart cities?
For companies, smart cities represent major business opportunities — and not only for tech firms selling systems to government agencies, write Jonathan Woetzel and Jaana Remes in Harvard Business...
The next act for private equity in US residential building products
Amid growing confidence in the US building products industry, players across the value chain face increasing pressure on growth and margins and will need to develop new value-creation strategies.
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Giving senior leaders hands-on, digitally enhanced experience with lean management helps kick-start a transformation.
A vision for European life insurance: The time for bold actions has come
To survive and thrive in the coming years, European life insurance players must adapt by embracing six bold moves.
Blockchain beyond the hype: What is the strategic business value?
Companies can determine whether they should invest in blockchain by focusing on specific use cases and their market position.
Five Fifty: Lights out
Are your factories and warehouses operating in the dark? They might be soon.
Visualizing global debt
See how the debt of 51 countries has evolved since 2000 in an interactive data visualization.
Rising corporate debt: Peril or promise?
Corporate bond issuance has increased 2.5 times over the past ten years, creating a broader and deeper market in many countries. But there are rising risks.
The most perfect union: Unlocking the next wave of growth by unifying creativity and analytics
Companies that harness creativity and data in tandem have growth rates twice as high as companies that don’t. Here’s how they do it.
Master the challenges of multichannel pricing
Retail customers may accept different prices on different channels. But are retailers ready to manage the complexities?
Payment disputes in banking: A pathway to deeper customer relationships
Transforming the dispute-resolution process can provide banks with an opportunity to solidify bonds with their customers while driving down costs.
Leading for the long term
Successful CEOs combine winning strategies with compelling stories and constructive engagement with shareholders.
Improving the delivery of road infrastructure across the world
Five best practices should inform efforts to boost countries’ road-infrastructure delivery systems.
Kai-Fu Lee’s perspectives on two global leaders in artificial intelligence: China and the United States