Promoting the case of business growth in developing countries

I knew something like this had to exist. An unapologetic argument of why we should focus on building business in developing countries, and why topics like corporate social responsibility and other issues are considered by business as “taxes” or “distractions”.

The case for business in Developing Economies”  by Ann Bernstein provides such a case. When you open the book you find endorsements from a wide range of credible people, including one of my favorite authors Martin Wolf (Chief Economics Commentator, the Financial Times).

In too many conversations companies are painted as bad guys, and profit is even sometimes described by people as “undesireable”. Somehow, business is now associated with environmental destruction, exploitation, and excessive profits. Ann questions some of these labels. She also question whether we should not put more pressure on business to focus on profits, growth, wealth creation.

For the official review of the book, click here

For a podcast where Ann Bernstein is interviewed about her views, click here

 

Happy reading!

Twelve business ideas that are changing the world – Link

Here is a link to a 12 episode series published by the Times and the Times Online. In the series, they interview 13 influential business figures from a wide range of sectors as they explain an idea that they think is fundementally changing the way we do business today. Although some episodes were published as long ago as 2007, most are still relevant and though provoking. The Times now charge for their content, so I found that these episodes sometimes download from Podcast Directory, and at other times don’t….

Here are the direct links to the episodes:

1. Medicine in the developing world

Innovative partnerships are crucial to overcoming diseases like malaria, which, as well as their devastating cost in human terms, are hampering the economic progress of developing nations

2. Government as a business

A strong and efficient public sector is fundamental to the strength of any society, and governments can draw lessons from the private sector

3. Micro finance and its role in 3rd world poverty relief

The provision of financial services in the developing world is a crucial means of ensuring sustainable economic growth and lifting people out of poverty

4. Private equity modern entrepreneurship

Sir Ronald Cohen, Founding Partner and Executive Chairman, Apax Partners Worldwide. Successful entrepreneurship and the importance of the private equity industry in the British economy

5. Vacating HQ: how social innovation is redefining the corporate world

Ben Verwaayen, CEO, BT: Technology is changing the way we do business, bringing the world’s best talents together

6. The flexibility of industry’s new access to capital

Sir David Walker. Author, the Walker Report into private equity. Tuning the balance between transparency and secrecy in the world’s most private industry

7. The business of engineering

Engineering has changed the world and can continue to do so, but first it must change its own fate

8. The evolution of the equity market

From their origins in the seventeenth century, today’s high-tech stock exchanges are playing a crucial role in global economic development and are at the heart of the globalisation story

9. The day corporates gained responsibility: the chief executive’s view

How companies turned the inevitable into the profitable

10. The day the corporates gained responsibility: the investors view

11. New world order

The global marketplace for skills is revolutionising business and communities – but where will it lead?

12: The democratisation of information

Jay Adelson, Founder and Chief Executive, Digg. The internet is changing the way we access and share information, and it gives us all a voice

13: Powering the future

Britain must reinvent its attitude to energy if it is to meet the challenges of climate change and fuel inequality

I hope that you are able to download these episodes.

Re-learning the things we once knew

I have recently spent a time browsing through old documents, textbooks and manuals as part of my preparation for a “creative facilitation” event to be conducted in South Africa in October 2010. I am stunned by how much I can immediately recognise, and how much I have vaguely remembered. Perhaps I should do this more often. Just browse through old documents and old books.

It is funny to find something I wrote in 2005 and then think “wow, how cleverly this was written!“. I even re-discovered some useful summaries I had made on process consulting, change management and facilitation.

What have you recently re-discovered?

New feature enabled on the site

One thing about this blogging platform is that they are constantly adding new features.  I have enabled the feature that makes it easier for you to share any my posts with others. At the bottom of each post (just above the comments) there is a share button. Click it and share!

A few of you have asked me how often I plan to update this site. Generally I am trying to post an entry every two weeks. Perhaps you should subscribe to the site (top right) then you wont miss any new postings!

Thank you for all your feedback!

Shawn

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