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Clint Edmonson’s “Organizational Politics: A Survival Guide”

You’re smart. You deliver. What else could your company want from you? Why don’t they come to you for the big decisions? Why won’t they listen to your proposals? It seems like everyone has an agenda and they’re doing everything they can to kill your great ideas. To be effective leader we must bring more than our academic pedigrees to a organization. In this presentation, Clint Edmonson attempts to explain the complex nature of organizational politics and how to survive in a dynamic and often chaotic environment.

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China Economics

Architecture & Urban Planning in China: Shanghai to speed infrastructure investment, boost job rolls

Shanghai needs to push investment in infrastructure, expand domestic consumption and aid threatened enterprises as it strives to help its citizens and businesses survive the global economic downturn, Mayor Han Zheng said recently […]

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China

Living in China: Shanghai’s noise pollution worsens as air, water quality improves

Water and air quality improved in Shanghai last year, but noise pollution was worse, the city’s Environment Protection Administration said. Water quality in the Huangpu River showed signs of improvement for the first time in five years, the administration said in an annual report before Thursday’s World Environment Day, according to the Oriental Morning Post. Road noise on Shanghai streets hit an average of 71.9 dB during the day while it dropped to 65.9 dB at night, failing to meet last year’s target, the report said […]

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China Economics Trend Watching

Investing in China: Most of world’s top companies invest in China

Almost 480 of the Fortune 500 companies have invested in China during the past 30 years, said Du Ying, deputy minister in charge of China’s National Development and Reform Commission. From 1978 to 2007, China’s total use of foreign investment exceeded 760 billion U.S. dollars, the largest amount among developing countries and the second largest worldwide, said Du at a national economic conference recently…

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Design Information Technology Innovation Trend Watching

“The Design Eco-System”: Bill Buxton’s Keynote at IxDA | Interaction ‘08 Conference

Bill Buxton, in his keynote during for the opening of IxDA | Interaction ‘08 Conference, asks us: “How Can We Design Great Products if we don’t First Design our Environment?” Great ideas are not enough. In many ways, they are the easy part of design. The hard part is seeing those great ideas through to reality […]

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China

107 dead, $15.4 billion lost due to snow in China

The blizzards that struck southern China in the past month have killed at least 107 people and left eight missing, as of February 12/2007, reported a senior Chinese official recently. The disaster has also caused direct economic losses of about 111 billion yuan ($15.4 billion), Civil Affairs Minister Li Xueju said: 21 provincial-level areas had been affected, with Hunan, Guizhou, Jiangxi, Anhui, Hubei, Zhejiang and Sichuan provinces and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region the worst hit […]

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China Consumer Behavior Economics Trend Watching

China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: the world’s third-biggest vehicle producer

China may produce more than 8.6 million vehicles this year as it narrows the gap with Japan and the United States, the world’s top two auto makers, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. China’s economic growth, averaging about 10 percent over the past five years, is raising demand for automobiles and has boosted production from about 100,000 vehicles a year in the 1980s to 7.28 million last year, making the country the world’s third-biggest vehicle producer […]

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China Economics Innovation Trend Watching

China, Technology, Innovation and the Environment: Part II

An energy structure with a low utilization rate, and an economic growth mode with serious, hazardous emissions have posed stark challenges for the sustained growth of Chinese economic society. Faced with such a grave situation in energy saving and emission reduction, more than 6,000 science, technology workers, as well as scientist-turned-entrepreneurs on met recently to discuss issues such as energy saving and environmental protection. Among them were more than 100 members from Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), the highest palaces for scientific research achievements and engineering progress […]

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China Economics Information Technology Innovation Trend Watching

China: Technology, Innovation and the Environment

Since the beginning of its economical opening — when the first 5-year plans were devised in 1979 — China has being growing at an incredible speed, with its GNP numbers jumping from 44 billion dollars to 1.6 trillion dollars in just 20 years. Such growth has pushed the Chinese manufacturing industry into devouring huge amounts of natural resources in a alarming way: in 2004, China — the 8th largest economy in GNP scale — consumed 8% of all the oil, 31% of all the coal, 10% of all the electricity, 30% of all ore, 30% of all steel, 19% of all aluminum, 20% of all the copper and 40% of all cement produced in the world […]