Cities aren't the ever-growing, long-lasting powerhouses we think they are.
To remain globally competitive, Australia must focus on skills, knowledge and ideas to create the conditions for innovation.
Knowledge and ideas and their application are the key to creating the conditions for the level of innovation Australia needs to build its comparative advantage.
Africa needs to utilise different kinds of capital to grow its entrepreneurs. Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote relied on family savings to start his businesses.
Innovators and entrepreneurs will ensure that Africa continues to grow. But they need to be nurtured to lead the development.
BHP chief Andrew Mackenzie must steer the mining giant to innovate.
Australian miners are looking to cut costs and improve productivity, but what's really needed is innovation and long-term thinking.
The African continent is embracing technology in varying degrees. Swimmers use a selfie stick to take a picture of themselves in shallow waters of the River Nile outside Khartoum, Sudan.
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Science and technology is seen as a key driver of a nation's economic fortunes. How is the African continent faring a decade after the first major global survey on countries' performance?
The missing piece of the puzzle.
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Sometimes it is what software you've got, and what you do with it too.
Did Osborne provide a spark for productivity?
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A living wage grabs the headlines, but sluggish productivity is a harder nut to crack than that.
It pays to get workforce more involved in management.
The amount our workers produce has been stagnant for a while now, but there is a boost to be had in increasing labour force involvement in their jobs and the business.
Benefits in later life.
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Discussion about longer hours of childcare has focused on cost and adult productivity – but there are health benefits for children.
Now that we have your attention…
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Everyone know it's good to escape to the great outdoors, but new research shows just 40 seconds with some greenery can boost our ability to concentrate.
Bright ideas are needed if Australia is to remain competitive.
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Australia needs to take risks and think clever if the country is to stay competitive in a global market.
Heat is costing the Australian economy through productivity losses.
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Heat cost Australia nearly A$7 billion in 2014, which is bad news given climate forecasts of hotter and more frequent heatwaves.
Who gets paid the most?
Lots of research supports the idea that workers with higher educational levels and more experience earn more. But what about personality traits?
You might not ever get rich … But let me tell you it’s better than digging a ditch.
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The rise of hand car washing businesses in the UK helps explain the country's productivity puzzle.
Problems on the production line.
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What the chancellor didn’t mention is that UK GDP per person is 16% lower than we would have expected on pre-crisis trends and the major factor is lousy productivity growth.
Traffic congestion in the major cities is expected to cost Australians A$20.4 billion a year by 2020.
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Linking population growth with productivity and labour participation is problematic, just one of many questionable assumptions made in the Intergenerational Report.
Immigrant workers who overstay their visas are easily exploited by unscrupulous employers.
Without workplace reform, Australia is at risk of a US-style migrant worker problem.
Generation Y should be able to afford a more expensive lifestyle than their baby boomer parents.
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If we accept that the rich should subsidise the poor, then Gen Y should be subsidising the baby boomers.
A Brit, a German and French person walk into a factory… who clocks off first?
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Labour's Chuka Umunna said Britain is lagging behind in terms of productivity. We got two academics to look at the facts.
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You know Australia’s in trouble when the Reserve Bank cuts interest rates. Last week, the central bank did precisely that, in belated recognition of the income recession that has struck. Gross domestic…