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Top 5 Global Growth Industries in 2017 - Examining the market drivers, opportunities and risks

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  • August 2017
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In the world economy, the forces of growth and prosperity are complex and ever changing. New engines of growth emerge and decline rapidly and pinpointing their trajectory and long-term relevance can be elusive. The catalysts of change can be fu...

Future of Financial Services - Five Technological Trends Changing the Banking, Insurance, Payments and Wealth Management Industries

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  • September 2017
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The world of financial services is changing. The recent introduction of FinTech innovations is beginning to shake up the market and improve and streamline financial services and disrupt the order of things. Furthermore, today’s generation of cu...

The BRICS Economies: No longer the reliable powerhouses of growth they once were

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  • July 2017
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The BRICS economies were touted as the leading new countries for growth and the primary shift towards these countries and away from the traditional affluent countries was said to be beginning. To an extent this has happened and countries like C...

The Future of Retail - Five ways e-commerce and high street stores are evolving to suit changing consumer behaviors

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  • February 2018
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The world of retail is constantly changing and evolving. Every year key businesses go bankrupt and new ones emerge from the ashes to claim the top spot. In this highly competitive business landscape the offering is everything and businesses mor...

The Future of Military Technology - 5 Developments in Defence Technology are Changing the Nature of Modern Warfare

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  • November 2017
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Defense technology is advancing at quite a rate of knots in 2017 and some remarkable new abilities are available for militaries to purchase. From robotic mules through to drone swarms and rail guns there are multiple areas of strong innovation ...

Aging Populations - Overcoming the Challenges of a World with a Depleted Workforce and Elderly Populace

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  • May 2017
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The world’s population is growing old and some of the world’s most powerful economies are due to experience catastrophic social change as a result. The need of older people is going to be one of the hot topics of the next few decades as many co...

The Future of Technology - Six remarkable advances in technology will change the world forever

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  • June 2017
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There are many technologies and ideas throughout the world which are exciting in their potential but whose effects are mainly pipedreams that we never get to see in the flesh. However, in the world of tech there is currently a wave of industrie...

Millennial Consumers - Understanding Key Trends Driving Consumer Behaviours

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  • October 2017
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The millennial generation has been a much maligned one in terms of how the rest of society perceives it. However, the reality is very different from the perceived differences between it and the previous generations. Millennials want much of the...

The Future of the Telecoms Industry: How to Navigate in a Climate of Intense Disruption and Change

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  • June 2018
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The telecommunications industry is in a curious place right now. Mobile phone usage, internet traffic and data consumption has exploded and is only set to accelerate as far as most can see, yet telecoms companies that provide the facility to do...

The Future of Foodservice - Big Opportunities and Potential Disasters Ahead for the Restaurant and Food Industry

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  • March 2018
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The food service industry has a challenging period of change and opportunity ahead of it that could produce some major difficulties too. The industry is implementing new technology to make the product more convenient and easily available and ha...

Electric Vehicles: A Deep Dive into the Technology that is the Future of the Auto Industry

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  • April 2018
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Almost conclusively now, electric vehicles appear to have won the power train argument in the automotive industry and car manufacturers from all over the world have made significant promises to deliver only hybrid and electric vehicles in the f...

The Future of Travel & Tourism: Technology is Driving Significant Change, Growth is on the Horizon

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  • May 2018
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Travel and tourism accounts for more than one-tenth of global GDP making it one of the most important industries there is. After a long period of fairly limited innovation the industry is experiencing a new time of significant change that is be...

Senior Consumers: Understanding Key Trends Driving Consumer Behaviors

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  • July 2018
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Much has been made of young generations such as millennials setting new consumer trends and how companies should respond, but in reality, there are perhaps better opportunities available to target older generations then younger ones. Consumers ...

Emerging Megacities: Four key cities that will become the economic & population drivers of the future

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  • March 2019
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According to the UN, a megacity is a city which has exceeded 10m in population and the number of megacities is accelerating dramatically. In today’s world, megacities and their surrounding economic areas are so pivotal to the global economy tha...

Unicorn Companies: Some regions are better than others at creating privately held start-ups worth $1bn

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  • June 2019
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Unicorns are start-up companies, typically in the tech and finance space that have reached the advantageous position of over a $1bn market capitalization and remain in privately owned hands. These are effectively the cream of the crop of start-...

Social Media Companies in Silicon Valley - Some Monetize, Most Do Not

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  • September 2017
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Social media is dominated by Alphabet, through ownership of YouTube, and Facebook, both of which were created on the assumption revenues would flow once a large user base had been created. But other major companies, such as Twitter, have failed...

The German Current Account Surplus - Holding Captive the German and Global Economies

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  • September 2017
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The size of Germany's current account surplus is an economic phenomenon as the forces behind it go beyond the simple competiveness of German exports. Indeed, the widening gap between domestic savings and investment is the determinant of thi...

Competing in train manufacturing - Global market undergoing swift development

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  • October 2017
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Train manufacturing around the world has experienced significant change over recent years, impacting the extent of competition within the global market. Leading companies are now larger than ever following a spate of mergers and acquisitions, e...

Korean chaebols - Outdated model requires reform

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  • February 2017
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The Korean chaebol - giant conglomerates still run by founding families - has transformed the Korean economy but they are now the source of problems which need to be corrected. Chaebols need to be updated for the modern world, not only for thei...

Islamic finance - High growth potential but serious challenges persist

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  • February 2017
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The Islamic finance industry has witnessed strong double digit growth in recent years, and yet serious problems persist that are likely to stop it from growing beyond a certain point. These include a lack of access to financial institutions in ...

President Buhari - An uncertain economic record

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  • February 2017
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President Buhari assumed power in Nigeria promising to achieve much in the way of reforming the oil extraction industry, radically increase power generation, solve currency problems and improve prospects as a whole. Now in power for nearly 20 m...

India's Demonetization - Changing payment culture and widened tax net provides the government with room for maneuver

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  • September 2017
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In an effort to crack down on the shadow economy and reduce the usage of counterfeit cash, the Indian government in November 2016 ordered the demonetization of all 500INR and 1,000INR notes. The shock announcement caused a serious disruption to...

Turkish Airlines - Strong growth hits a wall as security and political events take a toll, but opportunities still remain

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  • October 2017
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Turkish Airlines has in recent years expanded its operations dramatically, emerging from a local airline to a major global player. This growth has been propelled by the strategic location of its Istanbul hub. With Turkey currently constructing ...

The Rise of Canada Goose: Big Challenges Lay Ahead for Fast Growing Luxury Apparel Brand

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  • January 2018
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Despite being in business for over six decades, the rise of Canada Goose came seemingly out of nowhere. Rapid growth over the past few years has seen the company go from relatively unknown beyond niche groups to being worn by high-profile celeb...

Digitization of Education: Lucrative Business Opportunities Abound in Race to Classroom of the Future

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  • February 2018
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A lucrative growth area for technology companies and new entrants has opened up as a result of the digitization of education. Leading companies such as Google, Apple and Microsoft are racing to ensure technology from each brand is at the forefr...

China’s Transition from Manufacturing to Services: Tertiary Sector to Become the Backbone of the Economy

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  • January 2018
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The Chinese government has in recent years adopted policies actively encouraging the growth of its tertiary sector. These include reforms easing access to the Chinese market for foreign companies, as well establishing a fund which will assist c...

CEO performance problems - Failure to address key issues harms company prospects

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  • December 2017
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The CEO (chief executive officer) is the most influential figure in a company: a bad one can wreck a company; a good one makes sound business decisions, propelling their company to success. Yet there are several significant problems with how le...

Tesco Confronts Budget Rivals - Leading Retailer Reforms to Compete Against Insurgent Budget Stores

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  • June 2017
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Confronted by the threat of rapidly expanding competition from budget food retailers, Tesco has undertaken reform. The business has been slimmed down, foreign ventures ended and prices lowered to improve competitiveness. However, there are othe...

Russia modernizing its pipeline network - China and Europe set to witness greater connectivity with the Russian pipeline network

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  • June 2017
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The Russian Federation as the major successor state to the former Soviet Union inherited a vast network of pipelines spread throughout the whole country. However in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the oil and gas sector in Ru...

Construction - Top Five Trends for 2018 and Beyond

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  • November 2017
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The construction industry is experiencing change. Prefabrication, new technology, robotics, green buildings and consolidation are trends leading companies must stay ahead of in the near future to be prosperous. Having been accused of being reti...

Power Generation - Top Five Trends for 2018 and Beyond

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  • November 2017
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Power generation is experiencing a series of trends which will shape the market for decades to come. Coal is seemingly on a terminal decline, to be replaced by natural gas, and renewable energy is making substantial strides to become more comme...

EV Market Grows Strongly as Technology Advances - Reliance on Government Support and Weak Infrastructure However Remain Strong Challenges

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  • November 2017
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In July 2017 Volvo announced that from the year 2019 all cars that it manufactures will be either fully electric or hybrids. Volvo would as such become the first large automobile manufacturer to so boldly embrace the electrification of cars, an...

Hyperinflation in European football - Outrageous Spending is Unsustainable

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  • November 2017
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The recent transfer spending spree in European football has provoked discussions about the sustainability of this trend and the forces behind it. This case study analyzes the modus operandi of European football clubs, especially those of the we...

Informal Economy - Opportunity, Not Threat

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  • July 2017
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By some estimates the informal economy is the second largest economy in the world, yet governments have a history of attacking it and failing to realize the opportunities on offer for economic progress. Embracing the opportunities in terms of e...

Chinese Car Manufacturing - Indigenous Brands Struggle to Export

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  • March 2017
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Indigenous Chinese car manufacturing has undergone rapid development in recent years. Some leading companies are now seeking to export cars, marking a major change in ambition. Manufacturers are helped by the scale of the domestic market, risin...

Clothing Retailers' Ethical Problems: Consumer-Retailer Relationship Allows Issues to Persist

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  • May 2017
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Subject to numerous scandals regarding ethical behavior for longer than many people care to remember, clothing retailers face a challenging future. In the age of ‘fast fashion’ some problems - such as the use of fur - many thought had gone have...

Airline Consolidation Reducing Airports’ Negotiating Power: Accepting Low-Cost Airlines and Expanding into Asia will Restore Power Balance Dynamics

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  • June 2018
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Consolidation in the airline industry is reducing their reliance on airports. Airports will have to diversify their operations abroad and welcome low-cost airlines to negate this power imbalance.

In the year 2000 for example, the top four...

Silicon Valley Disruptors: Impact of Leading Tech Companies Stifling Disruptor Development

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  • June 2018
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Silicon Valley is known for being the home of the disruptive startup, but since the likes of Google (now under the parent company Alphabet) and Facebook emerged and became companies generating vast revenues, the treadmill for disruptors appears...

Rare Earth Elements: Under Pressure, Global Industry Responds with New Solutions

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  • March 2018
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Rare earth elements have transformed industry and consumer products. Smartphones and highly efficient jet engines, among other products, have become dependent upon hard to extract elements, almost all of which are exported from China.

Thi...

Commercial Drones: Numerous Industries to be Transformed by Unmanned Flight

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  • May 2018
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Once the preserve of massive military budgets, drones are now making significant strides in commercial industry, initiating substantial efficiency gains. Now drone technology has reached commercial relevance, and much more is predicted to follo...

Car Manufacturing Costs Rise as Players Continue to Consolidate: Apple and Google Now Pose a Serious Threat to Manufacturers

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  • May 2018
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The cost of manufacturing cars has been on the rise in recent years as rising commodity prices coupled with increased protectionism is making the acquisition of key raw materials more expensive. On top of this the impending arrival of Google an...

Sears: Downfall of a Giant - Suffering From Fundamental Problems, Sears Nears Bankruptcy

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  • April 2018
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The end of Sears has been predicted by retail analysts for a long time. Not long after Kmart and Sears merged to create the Sears Holdings Corporation in 2004, revenues began to slide and have been doing so at gathering speeds ever since 2007.<...

Marks & Spencer in Decline: Extensive Remedial Action Required for Turnaround Plan to Work

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  • June 2018
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Monotonous decline has been a prominent feature of Marks & Spencer performance for a considerable period, only occasionally interrupted by a good year - most notably 2008. Now the store closure program is being extended and the company rece...

Volvo Witnesses a Reversal of Fortunes Under Geely ownership: Emphasis on Safety and Made in Sweden Brand Boosts Growth

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  • March 2018
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In 2010 Volvo was acquired by Geely from the Ford Motor Company. Volvo, which struggled financially in the latter years of Ford’s ownership, has seen a strong reversal in its fortunes under the ownership of Geely in recent years. This case stud...

A new audit era: Big Four must account for themselves in CMA shakeup

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  • March 2019
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Accounting has been marred by a wave of failures, and in the wake of this the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has conducted a review of the market. A range of proposals have been put forward to combat challenges within the industry, ...

Pharmacy Benefit Managers are under pressure: The industry is a lightning rod for America’s healthcare system at its worst

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  • February 2019
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By 2019, the Pharmacy Benefit Management market is forecast to grow to $283bn. Acting as the ‘middle men’ of America’s healthcare system, PBMs process and coordinate the delivery of prescription drugs, and act as intermediaries between payers a...

HTC decline into obscurity: Tech company experienced precipitous fall after rapid rise

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  • February 2019
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HTC, a Taiwanese tech firm, was once a smartphone market leader after experiencing rapid growth internationally - yet its time at the top proved fleeting. The company experienced a precipitous decline in sales and quickly vanished from the imag...

Cannabis Market: Canada’s legalization of recreational marijuana is boosting the fortunes of cannabis stocks

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  • February 2019
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The cannabis market has great potential for generating more profits for investors and companies in the future. The industry has grown massively following the legalization of recreational cannabis use in Canada, making the country the trading ce...

The Future of Autonomous Cars: Driverless cars are emerging but much work remains to achieve commercial success

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  • September 2018
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Heralded as the future of personalized transport, autonomous cars have caused much excitement among car companies, industry journalists and some segments of the public and government. Unquestionably major advances have been made but the future ...

New Service Station Concepts in the UK: How Electric Vehicles are Influencing the Way Service Stations Attract Customers

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  • August 2018
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When taking into account that internal combustion engines vehicles sales will be banned in the UK by 2040, the question of what will the multimillion-dollar industry of fuel retail do, springs to mind. This case study examines the how the conce...

Retail: Top 5 Trends for 2019 and Beyond

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  • August 2018
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Retail will experience significant change over the coming years. Some brands holding a large number of physical stores have struggled against the rise of pure online enterprises. Success for some has been found through creating highly adaptable...

Chinese Infrastructure in Africa: Far-Eastern giant is building a continent

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  • September 2018
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Over the past couple of decades China has become a leading story in the economic development of Africa. Through loans, grants and direct investment, Beijing has established a huge presence in countries which traditionally fall outside of major ...

Department Stores: Major Trends Transforming the Retail Landscape

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  • October 2018
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In the increasingly competitive world of retail, department stores are struggling. This case study takes a close look at the major trends which have transformed the landscape in which department stores operate, how this has ultimately led to th...

Construction: Top Five Trends for 2019 and Beyond

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  • August 2018
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The construction industry is experiencing change. Prefabrication, new technology, robotics, green buildings and consolidation are trends leading companies must stay ahead of in the near future to be prosperous.

Having been accused of bein...

Leading Big Businesses: An assessment of differing leadership styles

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  • November 2018
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Very large organizations are usually shaped by the style of leadership imposed by the CEO. Structures and cultures vary according to the person at the very top of a company. Some CEOs thrive when working in one area of the economy but then fail...

Power Generation: Top Five Trends for 2019 and Beyond

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  • August 2018
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Power generation is experiencing a series of trends which will shape the market for decades to come. Coal is seemingly on a terminal decline, to be replaced by natural gas, and renewable energy is making substantial strides to become more comme...

US-China trade war: Tariffs are exacerbating existing trends, leaving few victors

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  • January 2019
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The trade war between the United States and China began as an attempt by US President Donald Trump to correct what he saw as an unbalanced trading relationship with the second largest economy in the world. However, retaliatory tariffs from Chin...

Boohoo: How a market stall became an international fashion empire

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  • July 2018
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Although Boohoo has been on the online fashion retail scene since 2006, the company has stood out for its exponential growth in recent years, which has seen it become an international fashion empire. This case study explores the key ways the co...

Trends in legal services: Tech advances are changing how lawyers do business, transforming traditional legal practice model

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  • February 2019
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For many years legal services was a market in which meaningful change was largely absent. Now that is changing. Advances in technology are driving reform in areas such as virtual law, smart contracts and artificial intelligence.

Big legal...

Zombie companies: Ending drag on global economy now vital

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  • April 2019
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Over the past decade the number of zombie companies – generally recognized as enterprises unable to pay interest on debts and being over 10 years old – has soared. Now they represent a serious problem to the global economy. A problem seemingly ...

Saudi Arabia Vision 2030: Policy promises much, but core aims will be hard to achieve

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  • April 2019
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Saudi Arabia has attempted to wean the economy of being heavily reliant on oil for a while. Previous iterations of economic reform have come and gone, yet there has been little progress to report.

Now, however, the Vision 2030 strategy (o...

Luxury Goods: The biggest trends currently shaping the market

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  • June 2019
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Despite a slowdown in economic growth in multiple markets, the global luxury goods market has remained in healthy growth in recent years. Chinese buyers are now one of the most important groups in the global luxury market, in fact the Asia Paci...

Rare earth elements: Mining industry for exotic materials developing

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  • May 2019
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Rare earth elements (REE) are now essential to produce a plethora of high-tech goods, from jet engine turbine blades to smartphones and sophisticated batteries contained in electric cars. Demand is soaring, and the need for companies and countr...

MVNOs in Latin America: Regulatory Changes Create Growth Opportunities for New Market Players

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  • December 2015
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This report analyzes the MVNO market in Latin America. It looks at some of the most successful initiatives for each business model. It also assesses the regulatory and support framework for MVNO growth. It concludes with case studies and recomm...

4G in Brazil: Too much too soon?

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  • December 2014
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The Brazilian mobile telecom market has long been thought of as a major growth opportunity, and the market is dominated by multinational telcos looking to leverage its potential. However, the outcome of a September 2014 spectrum auction, the se...

Xiaomi Inc.: The world's fourth largest smartphone company the West has never heard of

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  • January 2015
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In January 2015, Chinese company Xiaomi Inc. announced it had tripled its smartphone sales to 61m handsets sold while more than doubling its revenues to $12.1bn over its 2013 results. In December 2014, the company became the world's most va...

Milking a cash cow in India: The push for premium ice cream in a developing economy

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  • December 2014
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As a non-essential luxury item, ice cream is not a product that might be expected to have a large market in a developing economy. However, as the Indian economy continues to grow, this is likely to change. Global average spend per capita in 201...

MVNOs in the Middle East: Expectations of rapid expansion despite high entry barriers

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  • June 2016
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This report provides an overview of the MVNO market in the Middle East and covers a variety of business models adopted by MVNOs to target their local markets.

Ethical supply chain management: How retailers can ensure products are ethically sourced

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  • November 2014
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This Case Study examines the economic forces which lead to the outsourcing of manufacturing to low-income countries, and the impact on working people in those countries. It also examines the ways in which retailers can manage their supply chain...

Food Scarcity:An inefficient food system may not provide for ten billion people

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  • November 2014
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According to the World Bank the world needs to produce at least 50% more food by 2050, in order to feed a global population which will be boosted to 9 billion people. But climate change could cut crop yields by more than 25%. Unless we change h...

Supermarket Price Wars: A response to the rise of discount retailers

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  • December 2014
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Grocery retail in the UK is dominated by four competitors. Recently there has been a surge of popularity in discount retailers, Aldi and Lidl, who are being seen as a threat to the 'big four' supermarkets. The big four are attempting to...

Unemployment in Europe: Influence of automation on labor market

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  • December 2014
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The number of unemployed people in the European Union (EU) reached 22.7 million in 2014. Some of the unemployed lost their jobs due to economic crisis, some due to a lack of qualification. It is possible that increases in productivity brought a...

TTIP: The Euro-American trade deal which may be undemocratic

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  • December 2014
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The deal has started to cause controversy and numerous anti-TTIP organizations have sprung up to try and stop the deal going ahead. Those in favor of the deal suggest that it will remove trade boundaries between the regions benefiting both regi...

UK manufacturing - dependency on consumer credit: The next financial crisis?

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  • December 2014
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The manufacturing sector is diverse, comprising a wide-ranging number of different industries, technologies and activities. The sector suffered another major blow in 2008 but it managed to recover to its pre-crisis level in 2013. The access of ...

Is the UK rail franchise system a model railway?

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  • January 2015
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Critics of the current UK rail franchise system lambaste the subsidies given to Train Operating Companies, and point to annual fare rises in excess of inflation, a lack of genuine competition on individual routes and overcrowded commuter trains...