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The inside story of the Airbus A350

by Tim Hepher<p>Ten years ago, the boss of Qatar Airways, who takes his first new A350 jet this week, warned Airbus it was flying off course.<p>Boeing was …

FosterWheeler buyer AMEC not into Worley’s deal

by Jenny Wiggins<p>AMEC, the London-based engineering group, has cast aside<p>WorleyParsonsas a potential merger partner as it prepares to use its $3.6 …

Spinoffs pay well for those who wait

by Matthew Smith<p>A lot of ink has already been spilled ­analysing<p>BHP Billiton’s plans to spin off its aluminium, coal, manganese, nickel and silver …

Woolworths’ growth dilemma

There has always been a degree of conservatism around the<p>Woolworthsboardroom table, but the caution has been amplified by the blowout of its push …

Insight into rocky road to Asian success

Three Australian chief executives this week provided valuable insights into the sometimes rocky path to building a business in Asia.<p>Andrew Bassatat …

Dividends’ depressing dark side

by Patrick Commins<p>Investors look set for another year of either picking businesses that offer some kind of reliable top-line growth – and likely …

BHP’s NewCo is ‘all about shareholder value’

Andrew Mackenzie’s prism on ­commerce is refreshingly idiosyncratic. Ask him to explain the benefits of the plan to release BHP Billiton’s prime …

Hointer brings digital shopping into the store

Nadia Shouraboura’s mathematician parents were disappointed she pursued a career in retail rather than academia, but the former Amazon executive may …

Former Boart chief says his warnings weren’t heeded

by Tess Ingram<p>Two years ago,<p>Craig Kippwas riding the mining boom as the head of the world’s largest mining services provider,Boart Longyear.<p>Fast …

Fund managers spill the beans on returns

The boss of a $2 billion hedge fund quips with a cryptic smile: “You can’t outperform without underperforming, mate."<p>His seemingly contradictory …

Music Streaming Eats Downloads With On-Demand Up 42% Over 2013, Digital Sales Down 12%

Nielsen’s U.S. music report on the first half of 2014 shows digital music consumption rapidly shifting from downloads to streaming. On-demand streaming was up 42% over the first half of 2013, racking up 70 billion play in the first half of 2014. Meanwhile, digital track sales fell 13% to 593.6 …

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HIGH-TECH creation myths are expected to start with a garage. Amazon, impatient with ordinary from the outset, began with a road trip. In the summer …

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Love on the rocks

PARIS and champagne. What better way to celebrate an engagement? But that was last July. On May 9th a terse joint statement from their bosses …

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IKEA wins by making some customers unhappy, says strategy guru Michael Porter

If you want to have a solid business strategy, you have to stop chasing every dollar and get used to turning customers away, says Harvard Business …

Three Elements of a Successful Platform Strategy

We typically think of companies competing over products — the proverbial “build a better mousetrap.” But in today’s networked age, competition is increasingly over platforms. Build a better platform, and you will have a decided advantage over the competition.<p>In construction, a platform is something …

Corporate Strategy Is a Fool’s Errand

Most corporations consist of multiple divisions, which set their own strategy (what we generally refer to as “business strategy”). But more often than not, these dvisions have very little to do with one another. Take Philips Electronics with its lighting, medical equipment, and consumer electronics …

Nocookies

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Andrew Hessel's Autodesk Team Seeks Crowdsourced Cancer Cure

Six months ago, Autodesk opened a skunk works on Pier 9 in San Francisco. The two-story waterfront space—a TechShop on steroids—houses …

SketchDeck Turns Terrible Slide Decks Into Beautiful Presentations In Just A Day

A number of startups over the years have tried to reinvent PowerPoint with services that made it easier or quicker to create a slideshow presentation. Newly launched SketchDeck is taking a different approach: Instead of providing an alternative to PowerPoint or similar software applications, it’s …

Why Is Google Building A Robot Army?

In short: robotics world domination<p>Looking back, Google’s emergence as a robotics powerhouse seems obvious—and inevitable. First came the scattered hires of roboticists and the release of self-driving cars into Bay Area traffic. Then, the search giant reportedly bought two humanoid HUBO robots from …

The Murmurations of Starlings

When starlings flock together, wheeling and darting through the sky in tight, fluid formations, we call it a murmuration. These murmurations can range from small groups of a few hundred starlings in a small ball, to undulating seas of millions of birds, blocking out the sun. I thought today would …

Every Leader’s Real Audience

You deliver a big public speech to a group of potential investors who can make or break your results. You prepare it knowing that it could be a milestone in the turnaround of your institution. But who else is listening most intently? Your own team of implementers. They couldn’t care less about …

Strategy in a World of Constant Change

Am I the only person to be getting a bit weary of hearing it repeatedly asserted that we’re living in a world of constant, accelerating change? That competitive advantages are becoming ever more transient and that the secret to survival will be to the ability to transform on a dime? Otherwise, what …

Why Successful People Have So Many Groups Of Friends

If you place yourself at the intersection of social groups, you’ll have more ideas and more opportunities.<p>While ideas may appear to be only in your head, it turns out they’re super social: Darwin talked about evolution for decades before publishing the <i>Origin of Species</i>. And while it might be you …

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