Slaves to market frenzy

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A consultant once told me a wonderful story – so wonderful I don’t even care whether it’s true or not – about how the monthly European benzene price in the 1950s was calculated based on the US price once the …

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Japan’s corporate hero

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Back in the 1980s, before Japan’s “Lost Decade” of stagnant growth, management gurus lined up to praise the country’s collective spirit as the basis of a sustainable economic miracle.

Since then, of course, the West has been consistently espoused as …

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China’s growth conundrum

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I couldn’t let today pass without including a picture of the Olympic Stadium in Beijing where the opening ceremony is about to take place.

The purpose of this redefined blog is not to look at the short term, though. For …

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BASF seeks “decisive” change

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Now this is old but not widely publicised – Jurgen Hambrecht’s comments during the BASF Segment Day Chemicals event which took place in London on 8 July.

Navigate down, click on the webcast, and listen to the Q&A session after …

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The West can still be the best

It is very easy assume that Asia ex-Japan will eventually catch up with the West and become as good at “solution” chemicals as the West. I am excluding Japan because it has long been a major speciality player.

All the …

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Innovate or lose your job

Continuing my environmental theme, I’ve been musing over building a new training course around helping companies help their employees to think outside the box. This is a tough task in certain companies and cultures.

As Benjamin Franklin so wisely said, …

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The CO2 blame game

In my previous post, I talked about the collapse of the Doha round of trade negotiations and how this didn’t auger well for a new global agreement for setting greenhouse gas-emission limits and a worldwide price on carbon.

The chemicals …

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Why the Doha failure is bad

The failure, and quite possibly the death, of the Doha round of trade negotiations earlier this week could create a very confusing and erratic regulatory landscape for the chemicals industry.

This excellent entry in the New Scientist environment blog by …

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Market mind reading

Regular readers of my blog might have seen last week’s post linking through to the New Scientist article about research into new ways of assessing how markets behave. Prompted by the irrationally steep falls triggered by the credit crisis (or …

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Missing the point

Great that my entry yesterday Work can be the death of you produced a response.

But I think the commentator missed the point.

Working long hours is not an issue for staff who are properly managed and motivated. The “presenteeism” …

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