Changing business landscapes – new routes to success

China’s economic growth tumbled to its lowest rate in more than three years last month. The world’s second-largest economy grew 7.4% in the three months ending in September 2012, down from the previous quarter’s 7.6%. This was the lowest growth for Beijing since the first quarter of 2009. The Chinese economy has been stumbling for months, due largely to government lending and investment controls imposed to cool an overheated economy and inflation. However, the downturn worsened sharply last year after ...

Engaging the visitor through ‘rose-tinted glasses’

Many visitors to tourist sites find the experience sterile and unimaginative. In the past few months, I have visited Rome and Paris and ‘done’ the sites. It’s often a battle of attrition – pictures and statues merge into one, and when you have seen one headless, armless statue you could argue you have seen them all. Perhaps I am a Philistine, but I often find the visitor experience lacking in terms of context and imagination. In Rome, the most striking experience ...

What next for Apple?

     Full scoop-it: Link In August 2011 Apple became the world’s most valuable company overtaking Exxon Mobile, with a market capitalisation of $337 Billion compared to Exxon $331 Billion. Now that Steve Jobs is no longer driving the vision for Apple, can it maintain its market leadership, competitive edge and unique selling proposition? Apple users are very loyal and without question, nearly all of this group believe equating Apple with innovation is a fundamental truth. They wait (often in long queues) ...