HEADWAY Autumn 2013

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  • Big data: the EU's next big thing
  • Business school news
  • Meet strategy warrior Anne Wanielista
  • Addressing unconscious bias
  • Book review: Why nations fail


Big Data: the EU's next ‘big’ thing
If the EU’s 2020 strategy is to put its economies onto a high and sustainable growth path, Europe will need to strengthen its innovative potential and use its resources to best effect. One such resource is public data that bodies in the EU produce, collect and pay for which has significant and currently untapped potential for re-use in new products and services. As data is now ‘the innovation currency’, so analytics expertise will be increasingly in demand...
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Business school news
Keeping ahead of the game in disciplines like analytics is one of the many challenges facing business schools in these ever changing times. Many have shortened their application processes.They must also change the way they think about communicating with the millennial generation, how to rethink best practices in selection based on future workplace needs, and consider the trends that will most drastically impact the graduate management education industry in the coming years...
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Meet strategy warrior Anne Wanielista
Data and its analysis and exploitation is not only the preoccupation of countries and large companies. Strategic Intelligence will help organisations of any size to acquire and analyse pertinent and reliable information to take better decisions in uncertain times.

Someone at the heart of Strategic Intelligence is Anne Wanielista, who started her mostly B2B career with Marben (now part of Atos Origin) before joining Neoceram and more recently Zetes, specialising in integrating identification solutions in the supply chain...
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Addressing unconscious bias
How many of us would admit to believing that tall men make better CEOs than shorter men? Yet in a sample of the Fortune 500 CEOs, a third was 6 feet 2” or taller (compared to 3.9% of the American population). In fact, every inch a man stands over 6 feet is worth $789 dollars a year in salary, say researchers. In other words, that’s around €300 a year more for every centimeter over 1.82m.
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Book Review: Why Nations Fail
In Why Nations Fail Daron Acemoglu & James Robinson maintain that it is the political and economic institutions that make the difference between success and failure of nations, rather than Adam Smith’s An enquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations (1776), which was to shape economic theory for a long time. In short, a fascinating read which strikes a note of caution...
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