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Individual Social Responsibility
by / on March 18, 2012 at 8:53 am / in CSR, Politics & Society

Individual Social Responsibility

Over the last decade we have seen increased interest in the societal role of corporations.  A cursory Google time line indicates that up until around 1998 mentions of corporate social responsibility (CSR) was relatively constant and fairly low but since […]

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Why Ideas Don’t Count For Much Without Those “Complementary” Assets
by / on March 10, 2012 at 5:19 pm / in Innovaton

Why Ideas Don’t Count For Much Without Those “Complementary” Assets

For tablet computer visionary Roger Fidler, a lot of what-ifs – The Washington Post. This story is yet another one of those hard luck “I had the idea first but am a poor schmuck while others are billionaires” cases. We […]

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Are Conservatives Really “Happier” Than Liberals? 2
by / on March 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm / in Politics & Society

Are Conservatives Really “Happier” Than Liberals?

Late last year The PBS News Hour aired a discussion where various pundits and think tank researchers attempted to rationalize some survey results showing that “conservatives where happier than liberals (Why Are Conservatives Happier Than Liberals? | PBS NewsHour | […]

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An Inconvenient Reality: Australians Losing Interest in Environmental Sustainability
by / on March 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm / in Politics & Society

An Inconvenient Reality: Australians Losing Interest in Environmental Sustainability

If press reports and general news reports are to be believed the issues of environmental sustainability, climate change, pollution and habitat destruction are topics critical to not just social development but economic prosperity as well.  The awarding of the Nobel […]

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by / on February 27, 2012 at 1:11 pm / in CSR

Consumers, Corporations and Sustainability

Timothy Devinney, author of the recent book The Myth of the Ethical Consumer, spoke with Justmeans about the danger of assuming that consumers care about sustainability.  Devinney notes “The way in which people conceptualize social consumption is fundamentally wrong…. If […]

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Is the Socially Responsible Corporation a Myth
by / on February 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm / in CSR

Is the Socially Responsible Corporation a Myth

Despite differences of opinion about the efficacy of corporate social responsibility, there is a general consensus among academics, policy makers, and practitioners that corporations operate with a social sanction that requires that they operate within the norms and mores of […]

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Do Consumers Really Care? The Myth of the Ethical Consumer 1
by / on February 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm / in CSR

Do Consumers Really Care? The Myth of the Ethical Consumer

Katy Perry, singer of ‘I kissed a girl’, declares herself a ‘Red artist’. Georgio Armani, American Express, Starbucks, Apple, Dell – all these companies consider themselves to be ‘Red’, as do Converse, Bugaboo and Hallmark. They have pledged themselves to […]

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by / on February 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm / in Politics & Society

Is Davos Irrelevant?

When the great and the good dutifully traipsed to the Swiss Alps for the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in late January, they were equally dutifully followed by hordes of media and an odd assortment of […]

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First Nike, then Starbucks: Is it now Apple’s turn to be ‘held up’ by protesters? 1
by / on February 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm / in Protests, Uncategorized

First Nike, then Starbucks: Is it now Apple’s turn to be ‘held up’ by protesters?

Over the last few weeks, what was the juiciest development for those that cannot get enough of gossip about tech giant Apple? Was it “when will the iPad 3 debut and will it have a retina display?“ Or the titillating […]

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The Importance of Religion in Politics: Or Why American’s are Different
by / on February 27, 2012 at 8:36 am / in Politics & Society

The Importance of Religion in Politics: Or Why American’s are Different

The issue of religion and politics has reared its head in both the US and UK recently.  In the US, the candidacy of Rick Santorum has brought to the fore his evangelical side while attempting to expose President Obama as […]

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