New Zealand was mostly stable in key international rankings and domestic socio-economic measures. But there are signs of slippage in some areas and not enough progress in others.
As one of the UK’s 11 core cities, Nottingham lags behind its European counterparts.
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If the UK government is serious about levelling up the country, granting its second-tier cities more political and financial independence would be a good place to start.
Women may be more team-oriented than men.
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Some suggest women’s lack of competitiveness relative to men is one reason for the persistent gap between how much men and women earn.
Who gets a seat at the table?
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Recognizing the influence of evolution on behavior and gender norms suggests ways to reduce gender inequality in leadership in the real world.
The Netflix documentary ‘The Last Dance’ reveals the hyper-competitiveness of Michael Jordan during the 1990s.
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The hyper-competitiveness of Michael Jordan may work on the basketball court, but the win-at-all-cost American culture that Jordan represents is not what’s needed to end the coronavirus pandemic.
Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni, during Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors in Houston. D'Antoni successfully resisted calls to change his team’s offensive strategy after losing Game 1.
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Research has shown that the most successful basketball coaches resist pressure to make changes during games. Choosing not to make a move is sometimes also the right call for business leaders.
The US has broken back into the lead.
The return of the US to the top is driven by its strength in economic performance and infrastructure. But it’s mixed results for president Trump.
Volunteers work on a Habitat for Humanity site in Winnipeg in July 2017. Building homes for the disadvantaged is the type of ‘learning through service’ that will stand university grads in better stead with employers.
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Employers now expect to hire people out of universities who don’t require any training. That’s why so-called experiential learning is becoming so critical for university students.
Is America’s digital economy facing a stormy future?
The digital economy in the US is already on the verge of stalling; failing to protect an open internet would further erode the United States’ digital competitiveness.
Investing in pupils’ maths skills is an investment in a country’s economy.
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Good quality education fuels an economy. South Africa needs to increase its supply of science and technology university graduates. But instead it’s lowering the bar, especially when it comes to maths.
The idea that the British government would do a better job of protecting its people after Brexit doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny.
Burkina Faso is among the African countries that have experienced popular protests in recent years.
Grassroots protesters are questioning the logic of export-led ‘growth’ and renewed fiscal austerity pushed through the ‘Africa rising’ narrative. They want policies that meet their basic needs.
Champagne being served in a bar on McCarthy Street in Lagos.
It’s easy to dismiss Africa as a place that is, at best, a provider of commodities, land and labour. A closer look shows that the continent is innovative and offers a lot more opportunities.
Different is OK.
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Research on distance runners reveals evidence of a large sex difference in competitiveness.
It turns out, men lock horns on online charity sites as well.
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A competition already took place ahead of this week’s road races in Boston and London: men outbidding each other to show an attractive woman how generous they are.
Australia’s cybersecurity approach has suffered from a lack of leadership.
It’s critical the government recognises the link between cybersecurity protection and the strength of our digital economy.
Building an innovation ecosystem can take years of government nurturing.
Our lives are surrounded by the ideas and creations of thousands of people. The magic of flight, or computers, or vaccines, inventions and innovations we take for granted, have advanced from one idea to…
With its competitiveness agenda, the Abbott government faces a politically fraught path to reform.
The Abbott government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda is an economic policy statement likely to define its term in government. The Agenda has four planks in the government’s efforts to…
There’s plenty of value between an idea and its commercialisation.
One of the key planks of the government’s new Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda is a desire to boost collaboration between business and industry, the scientific and research communities and…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the selection of five sectors for “growth centres” is not picking winners but “playing to our strengths”.
The federal government has released its National Industry Investment and Competitiveness Agenda, committing around A$400 million towards “industry growth centres”, new tax incentives for employee share…