Labor Unrest in China: The Rubber Band Stretches

Does a labor time bomb lurk beneath the surface of the glossy new millionaires in China? See this interesting note in Slate today about the recent unrest at a Foxconn plant: http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2012/09/24/foxconn_riot_chinese_factory_disruption_just_the_highest_profile_sign_of_growing_labor_unrest_.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content Key quote: “Conditions in contemporary China have much more in common, structurally speaking, with conditions during the heyday of Western labor activism than

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WSJ: The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail

Interesting piece in today’s WSJ about the higher than advertised VC failure rate. Excerpt: “It looks so easy from the outside. An entrepreneur with a hot technology and venture-capital funding becomes a billionaire in his 20s. But now there is evidence that venture-backed start-ups fail at far higher numbers than the rate the industry usually

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“What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets”

Michael J. Mandel’s “What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets” (http://www.amazon.com/What-Money-Cant-Buy-Markets/dp/0374203032) is a good read. Light on economics, it is really a social essay on America’s transformation from a country “with a market economy” to one that is “a market society.” This may seem like a small distinction to some but Mandel makes

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P&G Changes Tide Packaging After Poisoning

Just when you think these kind of stories are over, there comes this in today’s WSJ.com: “Procter & Gamble Co. PG -0.13% will add a double latch lid to containers of its new Tide Pods detergent following reports that some children have mistaken the colorful, gumball-sized packets for candy. Poison centers have received nearly 320 calls this month about

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Supply Chain Integrity at Product Level: New Article Published

I have just published, along with my co-author Justin Picard (Chief Scientist at Advanced Track and Trace in France), a new article on product level integrity and risk in the new World Economic Forum “Enabling Trade Report 2012”. The World Economic Forum’s Global Enabling Trade Report series focuses on measuring whether economies have in place

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