Business and the effects of global warming

NESTLED IN A forest an hour’s drive from Providence, Rhode Island, sits what some employees call “the world’s biggest facility for property destruction”. Here workers for FM Global, an engineer-cum-insurer, set fire to wall cladding, hurl projectiles at reinforced glass or test roofing designs for the gusts of wind they can take before tearing off. […]

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Nvidia plays the diversification game

THE CHIP-DESIGN business is enjoying a “golden age”, declared John Hennessy and David Patterson, two gurus of computer design, earlier this month (Mr Hennessy chairs Alphabet, Google’s parent company). The shift to cloud computing, the rise of specialised computing tasks such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the slow death of Moore’s Law have conspired to […]

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The new aristocrats of power

THIS AUTUMN “Downton Abbey”, a film based on the British television series, will be released and audiences will once more be transported back to the days when a powerful elite was surrounded by subservient staff who catered to their every need. But the modern versions of Lord and Lady Grantham are in the headlines every […]

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Doing business under AMLO

MEXICO CITY’S “historic” centre has been transformed from the romantic wreck it was in the late 1990s, when Schumpeter got married there. Some of its denizens are the same—out-of-tune organ grinders, peddlers of cow’s-brain tacos and the like. But many cobbled streets have since been pedestrianised and baroque buildings restored. It made a haunting backdrop […]

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How to keep workers engaged, not vacant

HOW DO YOU rate this sentence? Please give a number between one and five where one is “I’ve stopped reading already” and five is “give this columnist a Pulitzer prize.” If this rings a bell, you are probably one of the millions of workers who have undertaken an employee-engagement survey. Such questionnaires are all the […]

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