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Geplaatst op sep 23, 2013 in News

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Apple’s Chiefs Discuss Strategy, Market Share — and the new iPhones

Bloomberg Businessweek

“Is taking the high road truly a sustainable strategy, or does it merely delay the inevitable?” asks writer Sam Grobart of Apple, who interviews CEO Tim Cook, chief designer Jonathan Ive, and head of software Craig Federighi to gauge how the trio is thinking about innovation in a market that has Android licking its lips. But Cook and his team have no interest in a race to the bottom. “We’ve never had an objective to sell a low-cost phone,” Cook says, emphasizing that they’re “not in the junk business.” And while there’s ample competition from Android – the top operating system in the U.S. has been the Google-based system for three years – 55% of all mobile activity actually comes from iOS. “Does a unit of market share matter if it’s not being used?” Cook asks.

But big questions remain. Will the company’s phones make headway in China, where there’s ample brand appeal but not as much personal cash flow? Are the expectations of Apple lovers backfiring on the company’s share price, now that breakthrough innovations have been sparser? And as rivals get better and better at strategizing like Apple, how should Apple’s strategy change? 

Window Dressing Ain’t Cutting It

Babes Beyond Boards

20-First Blog

While efforts to boost the numbers of women on corporate boards have been working, Avivah Wittenberg-Cox reminds us that there’s much more to be done. “Welcoming a few non-executive women to your Board has little impact on what companies look like inside,” she writes, arguing for progress on executive committees as well. Focusing on France and the U.S., Wittenberg-Cox takes note of the gaps between the percentage of women on boards and on executive committees (26% and 11%, respectively, in France; 22% and 18%, respectively, in the U.S.), and argues that waiting for a trickle-down effect is problematic. There’s little proof that having more women on boards leads to more female executives, so waiting may be a massive waste of time. Considering women’s education levels and purchasing power, “can companies afford to window dress their Boards without actually harnessing the benefits of balance throughout their organizations?” 

If You’re Angry and You Know It…

Most Influential Emotions on Social Networks Revealed

MIT Technology Review

Do we share things out of joy, anger, sadness, or disgust? New research by Rui Fan and team at China’s Beihang University finds that “anger is more influential than other emotions” when it comes to galvanizing online communities, “a finding that could have significant implications for our understanding of the way information spreads through social networks.” Analyzing data from Weibo, the researchers found that people whose tweets fell into an “angry” category were more likely to pass the sentiment on, with joy coming in second. Emotions like sadness or disgust tend not to take root to the same extent. There are, of course lots of questions about whether these emotions translate to other languages and cultures. But when it comes to China, two types of events tend to provoke the most anger: foreign policy conflicts and social issues like “food security, government bribery, and the demolition of homes for resettlement.” 

The American Dream, Indeed

Immigrants Lacking Papers Work Legally — as Their Own Bosses

Los Angeles Times

The battle over immigration reform in the U.S. is complicated (and that’s an understatement). But amidst employment crackdowns, differing state laws, and battles over visa rules, many undocumented workers are finding a way to work that’s perfectly legal and benefits U.S. workers and the economy: They’re starting their own LLCs. And while this type of legal work has been allowed since 1986, advances in technology, combined with a younger generation that largely grew up in the U.S., may be increasing the number of people who turn to being their own boss. While it’s difficult to track this trend in a quantifiable way, one study found that “25,000 workers living in Arizona became self-employed in 2009,” a 8% jump from the previous year.

Carla Chevarria, a 20-year-old Phoenix resident and owner of a successful graphic design company, can’t even drive in the U.S., or work for other people. But she can hire people to work on national campaigns. The irony isn’t lost on her: “They say we’re taking money and jobs and don’t pay taxes. In reality, it’s the opposite. We pay taxes. We create jobs. I’m hiring people — U.S. citizens.” 

No Snoring, Though

The Science Behind What Naps Do For Your Brain — And Why You Should Have One Today

Fast Company

Naps! Who doesn’t like naps? Maybe your boss, particularly if you snooze at your desk. While this nice roundup from Beth Belle Cooper doesn’t break any new ground, it’s the perfect collection of research and insights that could very well convince your higher-ups, colleagues, and employees that a little shut-eye is good for productivity. Cooper examines the health benefits of napping, how a few z’s improve memory and learning, and why dozing off can help prevent burnout. For people like me who wake up extraordinarily cranky from naps, she offers some tips on how to find out what kind of nap suits you best. Consider it a gift from Cooper to us to you to your pillow. 

Bonus Bits

Well, That’s Depressing

I Am An Object of Internet Ridicule, Ask Me Anything (The Awl)
Women Earn $11,500 Less Than Men Annually (The Guardian)
The World’s Leading Development Economists Can’t Agree on How to Tackle Inequality (Washington Post)

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