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Sweet But Dangerous: The Challenge of Institutional Change


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There was a very interesting story in the Sunday Telegraph a couple of weeks ago about John Yudkin (1910-1995), a British physiologist and nutritionist who did pioneering work on the connection between the consumption of sugar and all manner of … Continue reading


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Watch Your Language! Why Metaphors Matter in Management


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It’s another launch of another strategic plan to the company’s senior and middle managers and the CEO is rattling on about “roadmaps” and “blueprints” that will generate “traction” in the market and “buy-in” from the employees. The employees are watching … Continue reading


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Skating To Where the Puck Is Going To Be: CVS Decides to Stop Selling Cigarettes


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“Cigarettes have no place in an environment where healthcare is being delivered.” With these words, Larry Merlo, the CEO of CVS, the US second-largest drugstore chain, announced that they would be the first such chain to discontinue the sale of … Continue reading


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“Ethical Capitalism – Worth a Try?” – Confusion at Davos about What “It” Is


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“Ethical Capitalism – Worth a Try?” was the rather timid title of one of the open forum sessions at the recently concluded World Economic Forum at Davos.  It was chaired by Zanny Minton Beddoes, the Economics editor for The Economist, … Continue reading


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