Impact measurement is a buzzword, but whose impact are we talking about, and how will it make a difference? Karim Harji explains.
Gyana uses a sophisticated algorithm to combine big data and complex data analytics, and presents them in an interactive format.
Neither top-down nor bottom-up approaches have yet had a major impact on wicked problems such as climate change or poverty. Oxford Saïd alumna Suzette Dumfries is focusing on a third way, investing in agriculture, clean energy, and sustainable tourism in the Caribbean.
It was telling that the first official statements issued after the announcement of the Brexit vote were from the BDI, the Association of German Employers, and from other business groups in Germany and France. Businesses revealed themselves to be quicker thinking, more adaptable, and more strategic than the politicians.
During the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation’s annual summer conference 2016, members of an international group of economists and lawyers, convened in 2013 by Professor Michael Devereux, presented two options for fundamental reform of corporation tax.
Research on limits to arbitrage can shed interesting new light on financial behaviour and its impact on markets. Bige Kahraman describes the network of interconnected motives that can arise from financial institutions’ organisational structures, from capital constraints, and from availability of information.
What is Brexit? Is it a monumental one-off break, a big, big game-changer along the lines of the Second World War, a reference point in history that triggers a need to rethink institutions, units of analysis, and political processes? Or is it merely one of a sequence of different events that can be said to have ‘started’ anywhere?
Focus on: Leadership skills
The challenge for all leaders is to widen their repertoire of leadership styles, and this is a challenge that women are particularly well equipped to rise to because they often already lead in a variety of circumstances – at home, in their community, and at work.
It’s sometimes hard to see past the mythologies that have grown up around entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship, from the need to fail fast and fail often to the idea that entrepreneurs are born, not made. Josie Powell interviews Biz Stone (Twitter and Jelly).
In a low-return world, investors are looking anywhere for yield. Real estate investors are no exception. The Oxford Real Estate Conference 2016 revealed a rapidly changing sector in which lines are increasingly blurred, yet opportunities abound. Andrew Baum lists the top five innovations to watch.
When setting up a new company, groups of co-founders often assume that dividing the equity evenly between them is the quickest and fairest thing to do. But, Professor Thomas Hellmann argues, they could be setting themselves up for poor performance and difficulties in attracting investment, to say nothing of simmering resentments down the line.
Dolika Banda, international banking and financial management expert, was the keynote speaker at the Oxford Business Forum Africa held in March 2016. Josie Powell talked to her about Africa’s destructive tendencies and potential, the gaps that leaders need to fill, and how it felt to go home to Zambia.
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