Category Archives: Management

Jorge Marques, BC Hydro, talks to GEM & SFU students about sustainability during Vancouver Industry Tour

BC HydroToday we had the pleasure of listening to Jorge Marques, Manager of DSM Strategies at BC Hydro, speak about sustainability and innovation. With over 20 years of experience in the energy and sustainability industry, Jorge has many ideas of how process can help invoke sustainability into every day transactions. While traditional DSM (demand side measure) programs work towards energy savings, Jorge is working toward a goal of total market transformation. He not only wants companies and citizens to use less energy, but wants them to do so in a smart and efficient way. “Treat the market as a system and apply leverage to transform market activities,” Jorge explained to us.

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Geocaching, let the adventure begin…. during Vancouver Industry Tour

IMG_2674As you walk in Geocaching offices, you discover that working here is all about games and innovation: foosball & ping pong tables, an amazing kitchen but also stand up desks, some people playing Fifa and others analyzing data on their computers!

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Frederick Davidson, Energold, talks to GEM & SFU students about environmental challenges for a drilling company

IMG_2458 During the morning in downtown Vancouver, we got to visit the head office of Energold, a leading global speciality drilling company. We were welcomed by Frederick Davidson, President and CEO, as well as Jerry Huang, Investor Relations Manager, into their office to discuss the impact Energold has on the mining, oil, water, and geotechnical industry.

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Radius outlines to GEM & SFU students entrepreneurial challenges during Vancouver Industry Tour

IMG_2427RADical Ideas, Useful to Society. Everything is in the name. Radius is the Beedie School of Business’ social innovation lab and venture incubator. The aim? Helping the new wave of entrepreneurs who want to create innovative rules in the present and complex environment.

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BOOK REVIEW: “Confidence : How winning streaks and losing streaks begin and end” by Rosabeth M. Kanter (2004)

Confidence How winning streaks and losing streaks begin and endRosebeth Kanter holds the Earnest Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School and specializes in strategy innovation and leadership for change. One of her areas of research is why organizations and people gain confidence and why they lose it. This book outlines some of the main reasons that she has discovered as the result of 300 interviews and two surveys with over 2700 responses.

Key words

Confidence, organization, people, sports teams, corporations, Gillette, Continental Airlines, BBC, Harvard Business School

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BOOK REVIEW : “How Google Works” by Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg

How Google WorksAny company that is so successful that its name has become a verb deserves to be studied. This excellent book gives some insights into the workings of one of today’s richest and most admired companies. I’m very grateful to my colleague, Gordon Ray, for having brought this to my attention.

Key words

Google, company culture, innovation, talent management, Jeff Bezos, network, search machine

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INTRODUCTION of the author & entrepreneur Peter Wilcock (a guest post by Philip Warwick)

The Business Whisperer This week, Philip Warwick, Senior Teaching Fellow at Durham University Business School, UK, introduces the author Peter Wilcock who visited Durham in November this year. Wilcock’s new book “The Business Whisperer” helps budding entrepreneurs to develop the tools they need to be successful business people. 

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