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Business leaders don’t have a crystal ball to predict future disruption but they can have a stake in it.

Business Briefing: we’re overusing and underestimating ‘disruption’

Business Briefing: we’re overusing and underestimating ‘disruption’ The Conversation13.1 MB (download)
Disruption might be a buzz word at the moment but it shouldn't be ignored. It may be impossible to predict but businesses can have stakes in creating it.
A Hanjin Shipping Co ship stranded outside the Port of Long Beach, California, one of many around the world. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Explainer: why Hanjin’s ships are stranded around the globe

South Korean Hanjin Shipping has ships and crews stranded in ports around the world as creditors and customers wait to see if the company can be saved.
Australian startups are trying to develop better algorithms to offer financial advice. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Business Briefing: trusting an algorithm with investment decisions

Business Briefing: trusting an algorithm with investment decisions. The Conversation13.9 MB (download)
Financial advice was once the realm of bankers and brokers now startups are developing digital platforms to take advantage of how trusting we are of investment advice from computers.
15 years on after the September 11 terrorism attacks, research shows global terrorism can give some companies competitive advantages while destroying others. Peter Foley/AAP

Fifteen years on from 9/11, we calculated the true cost to business

The effects of terrorism on businesses are wide ranging but some are learning how to adapt to risk and use it to their competitive advantage.
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about the new iPhone 7 during the Apple launch event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Monica Davey/AAP

Apple is losing the innovation game, it can’t trap users anymore

The Apple business model is failing. Its ability to keep customers confined to the company's ecosystem cannot be sustained because of the rise of apps and other online platforms.
If businesses meet the needs of their employees they will feel like they are growing and will be more productive, research suggests.

How happiness improves business results

Happy employees, whose basic needs are met, are essential to a productive business.
A price on carbon introduced by the Labor government, dubbed the “carbon tax”, was more effective at motivating big emitters to act, compared to the current Direct Action plan. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Direct Action not as motivating as carbon tax say some of Australia’s biggest emitters

New research has found that carbon intensive companies have lost focus on reducing emissions under Direct Action, when compared with the carbon tax.
Herman Mashaba, businessman and member of the Democratic Alliance, now mayor of Johannesburg. Jurgen Marx

Business people can make great politicians, but …

Business people who become politicians can bring fresh energy into the public service. They come from an ecosystem that is driven by urgency to produce measurable results.
Fairfax is caught between boosting a profitable side of its business and retaining its traditional business at a loss. Paul Miller/AAP

Disrupted businesses are struggling in the valley of death

Firms that are trying to branch out into new technology, while at the same time retaining traditional business, are facing similar problems to startups.

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