Report from OECD on what drives the knowledge economy

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international economic organisation of 34 countries founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade.  The OECD defines itself as a forum of countries committed to democracy and the market economy, providing a setting to compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify… Continue reading Report from OECD on what drives the knowledge economy

Opal Group European Family Office & Private Wealth conference, Geneva 2013

Last week I attended the Opal Group’s annual European Family Office & Private Wealth conference in Geneva and was one of the panellists on a panel discussion about the world’s emerging markets. The conference was very well attended and a huge success, I thought. There was an incredible spirit amongst all participants and the Opal… Continue reading Opal Group European Family Office & Private Wealth conference, Geneva 2013

SymbioCity conference in Kenya

On the 20th and 21st November I attended a conference organised by the Swedish Trade Council in Nairobi and spoke about project finance on the second day. The conference was held at the Laico Regency Hotel, it was very well organised and attended and the talks very interesting. Mr Björn Häggmark, the Chargé d’Affaires at… Continue reading SymbioCity conference in Kenya

Some reflections from Harry´s Bar in Venice

I visited Venice in March 2011. The visit was while we in Bearing were working on the Place Management book, masterly authored by Christer Asplund and edited by Jacob Ikkala, and during the visit my thoughts were occupied with feedback on the important topics of the manuscript. I included some of the thoughts in this blog… Continue reading Some reflections from Harry´s Bar in Venice

The new Cathedrals

In ancient past, it was under the baobab tree, around the fireplace, or by the warmest room in the cave. In Athens it was the agora, the main square. In the days of ancient Rome it was the Forum or the baths. During the dark ages it was the markets, guilds and bazaars. In medieval… Continue reading The new Cathedrals

Innovation in Place Management

Along with Place Branding and Place Development, successful Place Management is fundamental to the process to achieve Place Excellence. During the last few decades Place Management has developed from a few simple quantifiable elements into the complex art of attraction develop­ment. This means that, besides tangible and hard factors that are easy to measure, a… Continue reading Innovation in Place Management

Do clusters of competence really matter?

In a world of increasing mobility of goods, people and ideas, do clusters of competencies n cities and regions really matter? This was the question DG Enterprise in the European Commission asked last year. Key experts in Bearing answered this question in a study for the commission and Jan Annerstedt, Professor at Copenhagen Business School… Continue reading Do clusters of competence really matter?

Innovation Management for the luxury goods industry

Today Magnus Penker, Jörgen Eriksson and Richard Shaw from Bearing gave a seminar in innovation management for the luxury goods industry for the Luxury goods stream in the MBA class at the International University of Monaco. If you are interested, the presentation is available below. [slideshare id=11656469&doc=innovationmanagementmagnuspenker2012-universityofmonacoluxurygoodsprogram-120219024339-phpapp01]

Are you confident with your business’ innovation readiness?

Could innovation readiness be the key to long term business survival? In the cross roads of commodity and niche markets opportunities arise for turning a business into new dimensions by simply remake your business model. Do you really want to see your company become a commodity business player with slim margins where only volumes are… Continue reading Are you confident with your business’ innovation readiness?

The TicTalk conference 2011

This week, I have taken part in the TicTalk conference in Čakovec in north eastern Croatia. The conference was arranged at the Technology Innovation Centre Međimurje run by Bojan Pecnic and organised by the Regional Development Agency REDEA. The conference main topics were innovative development and good examples for Technology and Innovation Centres, and I… Continue reading The TicTalk conference 2011