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Era Of The Super Cruncher
September 15, 2007 | - Newsweek and The Daily Beast | by Jerry Adler
data_mining  data  competingonanalytics  books  intuition  decision_making  Yale  data_driven 
january 2013
Virtuous soya oil looks for followers
December 14, 2005 | Financial Times pg. 10 | Jeremy Grant
soybeans  fats  Monsanto  innovation  foodservice  agribusiness 
january 2013
Global Fruit founder plans apple revolution
Dec. 24th, 2009 | The Western Producer | by Jeffrey Carter
apples  entrepreneur  Ontario  innovation 
january 2013
Private equity looks to differentiate
November 21-December 4, 2005 | Chemical Market Reporter | Joseph Chang.

WHILE PRIVATE-EQUlTY will always seek to buy assets cheaply and sell them at high prices, the role of private equity is changing. Larger and more players are entering the game, and as competition increases, financial buyers must differentiate their strategy to create value.
"About 60 percent of the value from private­equity deals cornes from buying low and selling high." said Timothy Walsh. partner at JPMorgan Partners, at the Competitive Chemical Enterprise Conference held in New York last week. "The other 40 percent-improving the business­is becoming much more important."
JPMorgan Partners looks for speciality businesses that are on the verge of commoditization, where it can improve operations.
"We in private equity are price takers-so how do we create a return?" asked Walsh. ln the case of silicas firm PQ Corp. JPMorgan Partners brought in an experienced management team and enhanced focus on cost structure and processes.
Over the past few years, private-equity funds have gained in size and number. The number of funds over S1 billion
has grown from just five in 1989 and eight in 1994 to 97 today, Walsh noted. "The numbers and size will continue to grow," he added.
private_equity  chemicals  differentiation  commoditization  specialists  specialization  value_creation  financial_buyers 
january 2013
March 2005 | Consulting to Management |by SASCHA L. SCHMIDT, PATRICK VOGT, ANSGAR RICHTER.

I retrieved this article in connection with a-connect interview
strategy  management_consulting  value_chains  frameworks  disaggregation  McKinsey  bad_news 
january 2013
When Junior lacks the family royal jelly
May 2, 2004 | FINANCIAL POST | Thomas Watson

'You can hire better than you can sire,' says one successful entrepreneur

When Junior lacks the family royal jelly

entrepreneur  succession  family_business  family-owned_businesses 
january 2013
Family Circus.pdf (application/pdf Object)
December 31, 2001 By Thomas Watson
Canadian Business Magazine - RICH 100
succession  family_business  family-owned_businesses  retire 
january 2013
As Natural-Gas Bills Rise, Landlords Face a Choice -
March 12, 2003 | WSJ | By RAY A. SMITH | Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.
natural_gas  volatility  energy  pricing 
january 2013
With Software Jobs Migrating to India, Think Long Term -
October 6, 2003 | WSJ | By BOB DAVIS | Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
india  Outsourcing  software  long-term 
january 2013
Barna Research Group to aid 'Igniting Ministry' effort

Igniting Ministry research will likely involve four main areas of inquiry:
· Discover a profile of the people in the target audience. What makes them tick emotionally and spiritually? What are their felt needs? Have they attended Christian churches? What baggage has been created by those experiences?
· Measure awareness of the United Methodist Church. What impressions do people have of the church compared to other denominations?
· Identify possible themes and messages for the campaign. What would be most compelling, believable, unique? What would be most effective in convincing people to visit a United Methodist church?
· Assess viewers' media habits. What percentage of the target audience has cable or satellite TV service? How many hours per week do people in the group watch television? What magazines do they subscribe to?
churches  marketing 
january 2013
When a Genealogy Hobby Digs Up Unwanted Secrets -
January 15, 2013 |WSJ | By SUE SHELLENBARGER.

When a Genealogy Hobby Digs Up Unwanted Secrets
Some One in Five Find Unsavory Ancestors; How 'Sausage King' Got Rid of Wife

Like this columnist
Sue_Shellenbarger  genealogy  ancestry  family  secrets 
january 2013
Prostate Test Often Misses Cancer -
July 24, 2003 | WSJ |By DAVID ARMSTRONG | Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.

Prostate Test Often Misses Cancer
Study's Finding Could Lead to More Biopsies And, Some Worry, Unnecessary Treatment
prostate  cancers 
january 2013
Outsourcing Jobs, Workers to India -
October 13, 2003 | WSJ | By KEVIN J. DELANEY | Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Outsourcing  India 
january 2013
Spyware Becomes Increasingly Malicious -
July 12, 2004 | WSJ | By LEE GOMES.

Spyware Is Easy to Get, Difficult to Remove, Increasingly Malicious
computer_viruses  malware  software_bugs 
january 2013
Informed Patient: New Prostate-Treatment Options -
May 20, 2004

New Options for Treatment Of Prostate Problems

prostate  cancers 
january 2013
Global Warming May Chill the North -
March 7, 2003 | WSJ | By SHARON BEGLEY | Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.

It helps to think of the Gulf Stream as a checkout counter. When this warm, salty current reaches its Northern terminus, the arctic air cools it, causing it to sink (cold water is denser than warm). Much like a grocery-store conveyor belt that dives underneath the counter pulls up the other end, the Gulf Stream's plunge pulls warm tropical water up to the Northeastern U.S. and Canada and Western Europe. That makes these regions at least 9.5° F. warmer than they'd be without the Gulf Stream...."We're seeing huge freshening in the North Atlantic," says Mr. Gagosian. "The sinking of the cold, salty water has slowed 20% in the last 30 years." No one knows how much of a freshwater influx would shut down the Gulf Stream (this winter's big chill in the Northeast is not a sign that the current is weakening so much as a sneak preview of what climate would be like without it). But if the tipping point were reached, the nations of the North Atlantic could face a so-called little ice age in under a decade. Icebergs would lurk off Portugal....The surprising discovery, based on airborne surveys and satellite images, is forcing scientists to re-examine the possibility that ice shelves act like corks in a bottle: Remove them, and the glaciers behind accelerate toward the sea. Glaciers are moving as much as 200% faster where an ice shelf has disappeared, says glaciologist Robert H. Thomas of NASA: "Individually, the extra water a glacier adds to the world's seas doesn't amount to much, but if more and more glaciers start surging as we lose ice shelves it's a much bigger problem."
climate_change  Arctic  Gulf_Stream  tipping_points  Sharon_Begley  counterintuitive  the_Atlantic 
january 2013
Risk Management and Religious Organizations
Melding Practicality and Spirituality in a Risk Management Program
by Jeff Hanna
risk-management  churches 
january 2013
Beyond strategic control: Applying the Balanced Scorecard to a Religious Organization
2001 | Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing |John C Keyt.

Kaplan and Norton (1992) have provided a framework to link control to an organization 's vision - the balanced scorecard. This approach provides measures in four areas: 1. customer, 2. internal business, 3. innovation and learning, and 4. financial. This article provides a starting point in adapting this method to a church by looking at four measurement perspectives: 1. members/attenders, 2. internal ministry processes, 3. ministering, and 4. innovation and learning. An example is then developed using a church's mission and vision statement.
balanced_scorecard  churches  religion  frameworks  nonprofit  best_practices 
january 2013
Appealing to the unchurched: What attracts new members?
2002 | Journal of Nonproñt & Public Sector Marketing | by Barbara Carrick Coleman.

With an increase in competition, churches cannot afford to try to be all things to all people. Successful churches will target specific age segments and tailor their programs to appeal to members of those segments. Moreover, the importance of word-of­mouth cannot be overstated. Personal contact is the most persuasive means of attracting new members. Social programs that
welcome visitors are another means of attracting them to weekly services. In addition, the physical environment of the church also impacts individuals' first impressions and motivates them to act. Of the mass media, listings in the Yellow Pages are essential. Messages that are placed in mass media vehicles should focus on people issues, such as opportunities to meet and share common concems and interests.
churches  marketing  Word-of-mouth  target_marketing  memberships  religion 
january 2013
An 'Ordinary Radical' and His Call to Action -
February 7, 2006 | WSJ| By PAUL BESTON.

By Shane Claiborne
(Zondervan, 367 pages, $12.99)
book_reviews  Christianity  churches  poverty 
january 2013
The Leveraged Buyout Manual: How to Buy Any Company with Other PeopIe‘s Money
Aug 1981 | Journal of Accountancy (pre-1986). New York: Vol. 152. lss. 000002; pg. 78, 1 pgs | by Barbara D Merino.
LBOs  buying_a_business 
january 2013
With a Strategy Called Leveraged Buyouts, You Can Get a Company for 10% Down
July 1983 |Canadian Business | by Donald Hunter.

Increasingly, employees are executing leveraged buyouts of their companies. Such was the case when the managers of Doran's Northern Ontario Breweries Ltd. bought their company 6 years ago from Carling O'Keefe Ltd. to run it themselves. They raised C$1.5 million in share capital and borrowed CS3 million from banks. In a leveraged buyout. the buyers put up only a small part of the selling price; the rest is ñnanced with loans secured by company assets. Leveraged buyouts are also popular among professionals and entrepreneurs looking for investment opportunities that require a minimum of cash. Candidate companies favored by banks for leveraged buyouts have valuable assets. good management, steady earnings` and little or no debt. Before engaging in a leveraged buyout. as many costs as possible and seek outside help in structuring the deal. The benefits of leveraged buyouts are a chance for good returns and the satisfaction of running one's own business.
LBOs  employee-owned  employees  employee_ownership  leverage  buyouts 
january 2013
How to Use a Lawyer in Buying or Selling a Company
December 1982 | The Journal of Buyouts & Acquisitions | By Betram K. Massing.

The lawyer for the buyer or seller in a private buyout or corporate acquisition is an important participant in the transaction. The lawyer's functions include: 1, counseling the client about the transaction. 2. advocating the client‘s position with the opposite party or in ancillary proceedings such as with government agencies. and 3. documenting and implementing the closing of the transaction. In counseling, the lawyer should call attention to potential risks and problems and suggest means of dealing with them. Tax implications, disposition of assets or shares, lenders' requirements, and the risk of latent liabilities are among the issues that arise early in an acquisitionA It is the cIient‘s responsibility to make decisions after being advised by the lawyer and to decide which points to compromise and which should be insisted upon. Clear communications between clients and lawyers and between buyers and sellers will make for a smoother transaction.
buying_a_business  selling_a_business  lawyers  howto  LBOs  mergers_&_acquisitions  M&A 
january 2013
There's Plenty of Other Fish in the Lake
December 18, 1997 | WSJ pg. A20 | by Michael Pearce
fly-fishing  Alaska  trout  salmon  parks 
january 2013
A Few Necessary Precautions Before You Buy That Business
May 1991 | Profit-Building Strategies for Business Owners |

Buying a business takes great care. The first decision is what type of business to buy. For most people. it is best to choose a field in which they have had some experience. Sources for businesses up for sale include classified advertisements, business brokers. and informal networking. Next is a thorough investigation based on care and common sense. An initial question to ask is why the present owner is selling. The next step is to carefully examine the business. At this stage. an attorney and accountant can help check business books by looking for discrepancies in records of sales, earnings. and expenses. It is also important to check for pending lawsuits. If the sale involves real estate. it is vital to check for records of undisclosed liabilities. The next step is to determine how to finance the business. Usually. the new owner must put down of the purchase price and finance the balance. Sources for the remaining financing include the Small Business Administration. banks, and commercial lenders.
buying_a_business  CAMEX  mergers_&_acquisitions  M&A  decision_making  owners  precaution 
january 2013
Entering China: an unconventional approach
March 1997 | Harvard Business Review | Wilfried Vanhonacker.
If you're thinking about doing business in China, you've heard the conventional wisdom that the best way to enter China is through an equity joint venture (EJV) with a well-connected Chinese partner. China is changing, and so are the opportunities and challenges facing foreign companies that want to operate within its borders. Although EJVs are still necessary in some regulated sectors, and foreign investment is prohibited in others, there is a growing trend toward a new and possibly much more effective way of doing business in China - as a wholly foreign-owned enterprise, or WFOE. EJVs and WFOEs are substantially the same in terms of taxation and corporate liability. They also operate under similar foreign-exchange rules and comparable import and export regulations for licencing, quotas, and duties. Their only real technical differences are that WFOEs take less time to establish than EJVs, are not required to have a board of directors and are prohibited in some sectors in which EJVs are approved.
China  market_entry  howto  guanxi  HBR  unconventional 
january 2013
Caring For Your Running Shoes
by Mike Wilensky, Frontrunners/Frontwalkers Chicag
tips  shoes 
january 2013
Quadrangle Capital Acquires GoodTimes Infomercial Firm -
February 10, 2003 | WSJ | By MARTIN PEERS.

Quadrangle Capital Acquires GoodTimes Infomercial Firm
Steven_Rattner  Quadrangle  private_equity  direct-response  financiers 
january 2013
Big Help for Small Businesses at the Library -
August 29, 2006 | WSJ | By TARA SIEGEL BERNARD.

Big Help for Small Businesses At the Library
Commercial Databases, Assistance on Research And Classes Are Offered
small_business  market_research  business_planning  start_ups 
january 2013
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment: ‘We are hitting the reset button’ - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Published Saturday, Jan. 12 2013
turnarounds  MLSE  BCE  Rogers 
january 2013
What kind of nation is a first nation? We need to decide
Doug Saunders

The Globe and Mail (includes correction)

Published Saturday, Jan. 12 2013,

Whatever form it takes, an indigenous nation will generally be what is known as a rentier state: its degree of independence hinges on the extent to which it can extract natural-resource and property rents from its land, as well as grants from outside. So environmentalists who have joined this movement in hopes that sovereign native bands will be better ecological stewards than Ottawa may be disappointed: The most independent and successful post-Indian Act nations could well resemble other post-colonial states with natural resources. The Inuit of Greenland, for example, have concluded that their independence from Denmark can best be achieved through aggressive deep-sea oil drilling.
Doug_Saunders  aboriginals  national_identity  resource_extraction  natives  disappointment  natural_resources  rent-seeking  Greenland  ethno­nationalism 
january 2013
Teachers’ unions are obsolete
Jan. 12 2013 | The Globe and Mail | Margaret Wente.
Wherever you live in Canada, whatever party your provincial government happens to belong to, strife in the schools is about to become a way of life. The public-sector pie is shrinking, and everybody on the public payroll will have to take a hit. That’s why Ontario’s education-friendly government cracked down on the teachers. If they’re not reined in, everybody else will fight back, too. More than 1.1-million people in Ontario – civil servants, social workers, nurses, teachers, police, garbage collectors – are on the public payroll; their collective paycheque amounts to around $58-billion a year.

The case for public-sector unions is arguable at the best of times. Public employees are supposed to behave in the public interest. But the more entrenched and powerful their unions become, the more money they are able to extract in the form of raises, bankable sick days, job security, generous pensions, rigid work rules, and the like. The unions’ job is to act in the interest of their members, which is inevitably contrary to the broader interests of the public. Politicians are happy to comply because the public purse is bottomless (until it’s not). Politicians are supposed to bargain on behalf of all the citizens. But the citizens don’t have unions.
Margaret_Wente  unions  Ontario  teachers  public_sector  Salman_Khan  Khan_Academy  Queen’s_Park  way_of_life 
january 2013
Patria: Spanish for the fly crowd
Jan. 12 2013 | The Globe and Mail | CHRIS NUTTALL-SMITH.
Name: Patria
Location 478 King Street West (at Spadina Avenue)
City Toronto
Phone 416-276-8875
Additional Info Best bets: Pan con tomate, seafood croquetas, olives, sliced ham, oxtail peppers, patatas bravas, gambas, chickpea stew, paella, coffee ice cream with olives.
Chris_Nuttall-Smith  restaurant_reviews  restaurants  Toronto  Spanish  hams  King_Street  King-Spadina 
january 2013
Former TDSB chief agrees to co-operate with probe into disputed dissertation - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Last updated Saturday, Jan. 12 2013,
TDSB  Chris_Spence  plagiarism  uToronto  OISE 
january 2013
A Place Called Heaven_pgs. 82-83
1996 | Cecil Foster

Progress will come only through economic independence, the Chief Justice argues, because only then will Blacks be free of the control of other groups. Only then will they be beyond hoping that some politician will appoint one of them to some top job, even as chief justice. Blacks start having clout only when they take greater pride in their identity and work together, when they stop being distrustful of one another because they, too, might have bought into the negative stereotypes other groups have spread about Africans and descendants. “There is a complete absence of influence in matters that affect us as a community, as a people. An inability to lend a helping hand to brothers and sisters in need." the Chief Justice explains in the interview. Julius Isaac chooses his words carefully. pondering every question and occasionally pausing mid-sentence to reflect on what he is saying. "The last time l was in Toronto. l met a Jamaican fellow who told me that he owns a factory where he employs about 50 West Indians, and l thought that he is a unique individual. That is the sort of thing l am talking about: to have the ability to help and to influence the matters that affect our lives. We are at the mercy of other people in the community. You look around at the way in which the society is organized, and for want of a better word, you realize that it is organized on a tribal basis and that each tribe is vying for economic stability. ,I in order to ensure that matters that concern members of that tribe are disposed of in the most advantageous way. We are not able to do that. That is the nutshell of my thinking."
Part of the problem rests with society and the way it is organized. But Blacks must also take their share of the blame, he says. "We do not have the sharpened, acquisitive instinct. lf it is sharpened, it is in a very marginal way that affects a family or an individual. We haven't been able as a community in Canada to acquire significant pools of capital to put at the disposal of the community for its development. l think that is where the focus should be."
African_Canadians  capital_accumulation  capital_formation  distrust  disunity  economic_clout  economic_empowerment  economic_nationalism  ethnic_communities  judges  mindsets  producer_mindset  self-reliance  self-determination  strategic_thinking  tribes  trustworthiness 
january 2013
Another tragic chapter in Canada’s aboriginal saga? - The Globe and Mail

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Jan. 08 2013
Under the Conservatives, first nations have not been spared budget cuts. They say the cuts have hurt badly. But even if there’s more money and it’s wisely spent, money isn’t the solution to what ails native people. The problems, the controversies – on housing, health care, alcoholism, land claims, resource revenue, resource exploitation – are too many to count.

The Idle No More movement and Chief Spence’s hunger strike have served the purpose of bringing the issues to the forefront with a Conservative government they claim has been hostile to their interests. It’s hoped that a meeting with the Prime Minister on Friday will set a new working agenda for action. If that agenda is compromised or derailed by revelations of a spending scandal on the reserves, another tragic chapter in our aboriginal saga is upon us.
Lawrence_Martin  aboriginals  Paul_Martin  Stephen_Harper  alcoholism  Jean_Chrétien  Idle_No_More  land_claim_settlements  budget_cuts 
january 2013
Supply chain is critical
January 2013 | The Grower Online |PETER CHAPMAN
Peter_Chapman  supply_chains  agribusiness 
january 2013
The Technopreneurs
Winter 2013 | University of Toronto Magazine | By Alison Motluk
The Technopreneurs

Science students get a month-long crash course in turning an idea into a viable business at U of T’s “Techno” program.
By Alison Motluk
uToronto  alumni  entrepreneur  entrepreneurship  incubators 
january 2013
Winter 2013 | | University of Toronto Magazine | | By Scott Anderson.
visualization  networks  infographics 
january 2013
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