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Why the world needs ethical leadership

In 2020 providing for shareholders isn’t enough. Ethical leadership that focuses on the planet and society is in high demand. Dr Simon Learmount Ethical leadership should be on the lips of any business leader today. In 2020 if you’re business…

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WIRED: How Brexit prepared supermarkets for our coronavirus stockpiling

Dr Thomas Roulet, University Senior Lecturer in Organisation Theory at Cambridge Judge Business School, comments about the behaviour of people during pandemic. Stockpiling of food products such as canned vegetables makes sense Dr Roulet says, but it is difficult to…

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This is why I let my customers run my business

Think businesses provide and consumers consume? Think again. In today's world, your customers can be part of the whole journey. What do a Mongolian stir-fry restaurant, a discount broker and a lab specialising in home-test kits have in common? They're…

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Marketwatch: Is social media the new court of law for fashion copycats?

When Kylie Jenner announced the launch of her new clothing collection on Instagram some people thought the designs looked familiar. In fact, Tizita Balemlay, creative designer of New York-based brand Plugged NYC, alleges that the clothes are a direct copy…

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Creating a consumer Trybe of millions

Trybe began life as a start-up in the autumn of 2015, when founder and CEO, Daniel Michalczyk, immediately targeted what he describes as 'superquick' growth: "We wanted a company that is addicted to speed and accelerated execution." As a result…

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Artificial empathy: why Shasha Lu’s work on visual data will revolutionise the way you talk to your customers

With degrees in both computer science and business, along with a PhD in marketing, you may wonder why Shasha Lu, University Lecturer in Marketing at Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS), is spending so much of her time watching the way…

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Can’t resist your credit card? A Cambridge academic reckons he can nudge your bank account into better health

The power of "nudging" – subtle interventions informed by psychology to change people's behaviour – is becoming increasingly accepted in marketing circles. As consumers we are now used to being given gentle reminders to eat better, drink less and exercise…

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Reaching the unreachables

Want to find a whole new market for your product or brand? New research shows adding a little personality to what you offer could have one particular group eating out of your hands. Whether it's a solitary sandwich on the…

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Rory Sutherland, OgilvyOne: Prior science to economics

Rory Sutherland, Executive Creative Director and Vice-Chairman of OgilvyOne, says we need place an emphasis on studying what leads people to adopt new behaviours or continue existing ones.…

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Kevin Roberts, Saatchi & Saatchi: Radically optimistic

Kevin Roberts, CEO Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi, says that the world has changed dramatically in the last 12 months. It is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Consumers, he explains, have re-framed their lives post-crisis and will now make purchase…

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