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The current pandemic is a reflection of our own business model

The Current Pandemic is a Reflection of Our Own Business Model

March 25, 2020

These days are filled with mixed emotions as we navigate, many of us, the unprecedented tempo of a time which seems to have suspended for something so mystique and cryptic that we can't even see. This pandemic, which has, for the first time across at least five generations, paralyzed large parts of our modern world, has caught us off guard. In some countries, and I am thinking of the native land of my father, Italy, the detection went from patient 1 to patient 50.000 over just 30 more


Global Strategy in the Time of COVID-19

March 9, 2020

Is this it? Is COVID-19 the event many business leaders and investors were expecting to end a record-long economic expansion? Is it even worse than expected? As the fast-spreading new novel coronavirus alters normal life and business patterns near and far, there are more questions than answers about its global impact. Uncertainty, along with COVID-19-related supply chain disruptions and travel restrictionsread more

Key Takeaways from Davos 2020

Key Takeaways from Davos 2020

February 24, 2020

More than 750 world leaders converged at Davos 2020 to discuss the primary challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution and develop critical solutions. We had the immense privilege of being there and hosting two side events. This infographic details what was more

T-bird’s Morrison Explores Economic & Historic Parallels Between China and Japan

Thunderbird’s Morrison Explores Economic & Historic Parallels Between China and Japan

January 20, 2020

Size matters in the global economy. And attention to the global health of China’s economy has much to do with how its vast size makes it a major driver of global growth. China’s trading partners and global investors are closely watching the health of the world’s second-largest economy as the trade war with the United States fuels fears about a global recession. Business in China has been on the rise, but that climb is showing signs of slowing. And China’s leaders are beginning to contend with the country’s slowest pace of growth in nearly three decades. Economic reports at the end of 2019 reveal downbeat Chinese economic data pointing to weaker demand at home and more

Move over Game of Thrones, Fintech in 2020 is much more epic

Move Over Game of Thrones, Fintech in 2020 is Much More Epic

December 16, 2019

There is no doubt that, in the coming year, fintech players, from start-ups to unicorns, will keep up their efforts to challenge the traditional great houses of the financial services kingdom. As 2020 comes closer, we would like to offer several observations of the current trends in the kingdom, many of which are likely to continue, and which are reforming the competitive landscape – more

Global Technology Governance: A Multistakeholder Approach

Global Technology Governance: A Multistakeholder Approach

November 6, 2019

The dynamics of the Fourth Industrial Revolution mean that systems of governance are, on the whole, failing to deliver what is needed in terms of minimizing risks and costs, while maximizing opportunities and benefits. This is true at all levels – global, regional, national, subnational and local – and across the public sector, among businesses, in the media and within civil society. Governments and private-sector governance bodies – such as standards bodies – are familiar with the pressure to deliver beneficial governance, and many are responding. However, they are running up against a range of challenges that include barriers to cooperation, gaps in the governance landscape, divergent interests and conflicting more

T-bird’s Gamso Investigates Impact of China’s Elephant Ivory Ban

T-bird’s Gamso Investigates Impact of China’s Elephant Ivory Ban

October 18, 2019

Thunderbird is proud of new research by Dr. Jonas Gamso that looks at factors that led to China’s ban on imports and exports of elephant ivory and the impact – politically and economically – of those prohibitions. Jonas Gamso, China's ivory bans: enhancing soft power through wildlife conservation, International Affairs 2019, pp. 1-14, Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Royal Institute of International more

How Hong Kong’s protests are affecting its economy

How Hong Kong's Protests are Affecting Its Economy

August 22, 2019

After nearly three months of unrest, the demonstrations in Hong Kong show no signs of slowing down. What began as opposition to a controversial extradition bill has morphed into a broader movement to defend Hong Kong’s wider social and political freedoms. Although the government has withdrawn its proposed legislation, the deep anger and cynicism more

Industry 4.0: Rise of Global Micro-Influencers

Industry 4.0: Rise of Global Micro-Influencers

August 15, 2019

One core aspect of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) is the dramatic change in the ways by which people engage with each other – and the ways companies engage with their consumers. Consider, for example, social platforms like YouTube, Instagram, Weibo, and others. One outcome of the rise of these platforms has been the so-called ‘democratization’ of advertising, with individuals holding as much or even more power than traditional more

By the Numbers: U.S. & China Trade

By the Numbers: U.S. & China Trade

August 8, 2019

Effective negotiation starts with the facts. Amid escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China that threaten to derail global growth, let's consider some key trade more