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A Master of Culture and Business

Musician, actor, icon and entrepreneur. David Bowie was an innovator in every way. He stepped into the vacuum left by the Beatles' break-up in 1970 and developed an array of strategies that have gone on to become the common sense of popular culture and of business itself.

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China is the Market We are Looking For

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken a number of box office records since its release. In addition, its popularity across the globe has led to projections that it will surpass Avatar as the top grossing film of all time. However, this will largely depend on China, which has the second-largest movie market after the US.

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Asian Health Risks Remain Stubbornly High

If you live in Asia and the Pacific, do you ever wonder how high your risk is of contracting antimicrobial-resistant bacteria or emerging infectious diseases such as a new strain of avian influenza? Unfortunately, I have to tell you that the risk here is higher than in any other region in the world.

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Airbus Wishes A380 Demand was as Big as the A380

The Airbus A380 is a marvel of technology, a majestic aircraft. It is beloved by passengers and it is an environmental asset for airlines operating out of airports in built-up areas such as Heathrow with its low noise signature. But no new A380 order was taken in 2015 – and the current order book stands at 317 units, with the cost break-even point for Airbus now believed to be standing at as high as 420 units (from 270 initially) as a result of delays in production and detrimental currency fluctuations between the euro and the US dollar.

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OPEC's 2040 Oil Price Estimate is Sky High, but also Bearish

OPEC says that $10 trillion worth of investment will need to flow into oil and gas through 2040 in order to meet the world’s energy needs.  The OPEC published its World Oil Outlook 2015 (WOO) in late December, which struck a much more pessimistic note on the state of oil markets than in the past.

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A Future with a Low-Carbon Asia

As the world celebrates the Paris agreement, after 20 years of fraught meetings, its significance for the future development pathways of the emerging economies of Asia cannot be underestimated. Critically, it will increase the flow of additional public and private finance for vulnerable countries for both low carbon and climate resilient investments.

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To Understand Britains Coal Industry is to Understand Britain

The reign of King Coal is a story that is central to fully understanding modern Britain. Coal powered the industrial revolution.  It employed over a million miners at the industry’s height.  Coal shaped and sustained communities across the country and has played a key role in the UK’s political economy. With the closure of Kellingley colliery, the country’s last deep mine, in December 2015, a defining chapter in British history comes to an end.

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It's Christmas (Tree) Time All Year Long

At this time of year, it is worth reflecting on the huge influence that Christmas can have on production and consumption patterns. Christians may worry that their sacred celebration has been appropriated for commercial gain, but the fact is that a very wide range of businesses’ goods and services depend on Christmas and must be consumed or experienced by December 25.

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Microcredit's 'Foundation of Sand'

Thirty years ago, the international development community was in a state of high excitement. The perfect market-affirming solution to poverty in developing countries had apparently been found - microcredit, also known as microfinance.

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Not OK Gifts that are Actually OK

There are many social norms that dictate gift-giving, including when, how and what to give as gifts.  Interestingly, these norms don’t seem to be about making sure that recipients get the gifts they want. What makes for a good or bad gift often differs in the eyes of givers and recipients.

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Reforming Your Way Out of an Oil Price Crush

It has been a turbulent year for oil. Prices were strong in summer 2014, before plummeting in the second half of that year. After a modest stabilisation in early 2015, they dropped even further and are now more than two thirds lower than in summer 2014 – as the graph below shows. It’s bad news for oil producers but is forcing some, at least, to reform their economies as a result.

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