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Check out WSJ’s Real Time Economics site which provides current economic insight and analysis on economic hot button issues. I was particularly intrigued by this title on the site, “It Took the Telephone 75 Years To Do What Angry Birds Did in 35 Days. But What Does That Mean?” Enjoy!

 

The game is afoot!

A recent book written by Mary Pilon titled, The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game, talks about the origins of the famous board game, Monopoly. Most believe it was invented by a Pennsylvanian, Charles Yarrow but that’s not exactly true according to Ms. Pilon’s book. An interview with the author talks about what drew her to write this book and why the game has continued to be popular to this day.

If you were curious to research  the Toy and game industry, the database IBISWorld has a December 2014 industry report.

Happy Holidays!

From all of us at the GSB Library, we wish you Happy Holidays and a prosperous new year!

Happy Workplace = Happy Bottom Line

Mark C. Crowley has written a series of articles for Fast Company dedicated to understanding the movement to create “great workplaces” In this article he explains why keeping employees happy is good for the bottom line. To prove his point he points to Jerome Dodson a portfolio manager for the Parnassus Workplace Fund, a mutual fund that invests exclusively in companies regarded by employees as great places to work. Over the past eight years, the Workplace Fund has had an average return of 9.63%–more than 4% higher than the S&P 500 index in the same time period. “What these companies have proved to Wall Street,” says Dodson, “is that treating employees well, and truly respecting them, consistently leads to far better business performance.”

Design=$

Meet the man who might rival Steve Jobs for beautiful and functional design. In the August issue of Entrepreneur, Jason Ankeny profiles Yves Behar and his award winning design studio Fuseproject.  Behar’s motto “Design is the way that ideas get communicated and get understood” He believes that in many ways design accelerates the adoption of new ideas. How many of Behr’s designs have you purchased? Read the complete story online or in the library.

Scrums, sprints = success!

The Scrum methodology worked for Zappos and it can work for you. An article in Fast Company discusses the process of “one-week sprints” from an Agile methodology of project management called Scrum to launch an innovative new service in just 12 weeks. Although the “Scrum” philosophy was originally developed for use by software developers, Zappos has shown that it can be applied to any short- or long-term project to optimize productivity and results.

Have a Happy (& Safe) 4th of July!

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks are a leading cause of injury in the US over this holiday weekend.. so be safe!

If you do find yourself in the ER, fear not — BIG DATA  has your back. Thanks to recent patient-tracking databases, big data has cut ER follow-ups by 10%. For more info, check out the Bloomberg Businessweek article.

FYI: The GSB Library will be closed on Friday, July 4th. Have a happy & most importantly, SAFE, holiday weekend!


 


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