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I'm on my travels once more, this time to San Diego in California and into the maelstrom of a US Presidential election campaign.
Just a few months ago the Spice Girls were dancing on top of their cabs in front of a global audience at the Olympics closing ceremony
But today Black cab maker Manganese Bronze announced that it has failed in its attempts to secure a rescue package from its Joint venture (JV) partner Geely and has called in the administrators. The announcement from the Coventry-based firm in a statement to the London Stock Exchange.
After announcing the suspension of black cab production in the wake of a steering defect and recall of 400 cabs last week, the firm was pinning hopes on a £15m rescue package from its Chinese JV partner Geely. But after talks last week failed to find a deal, administration was inevitable.
That recall had anyway came hot on the heels of disappointing results, with losses widening last year to £4.7m after a major accounting cock-up linked to a new IT system, and a slump in orders for its iconic black can in the key London market.
As Lord Digby Jones said last Friday at the 'Made in the Midlands' Awards hosted at Birmingham City University's Faculty for Technology, Engineering and the Environment at Millennium Point, 'the economic debate has so far been all about cutting spending; no one is talking about earning.'
And of course with GDP figures out later this week our economic growth challenge will remain front of mind.
'Let the Chinese do the commodity stuff,' he exhorted. 'We need to focus on value added, innovative, quality and branded goods and services. We want the Indians and the Chinese to get rich so they can buy Brand Britain.
Today the Department for Education (DfE) released provisional GCSE (and equivalent) results in England for 2011/12. For the first time in the exam's history figures show a drop in the number of students achieving five GCSEs A* to C including English and maths with today's figure standing at 58.6%. This is a decrease of 0.4 percentage points from the previous year.
Current cinema box office smash hit 'Looper' has made a mark in a number of ways. Casting a sideways light on one of China's greatest social challenges probably wasn't one its makers anticipated.
The way in which people behave is fascinating and, as psychologists suggest, better understanding of the influences on people will create opportunities for managers.
For the majority of us, most of the time, we are predictable. This gives psychologists the ability to theorise about what would appear to be logical and rational phenomena.
The trouble is, though, we are all capable of 'free-will' and, as sentient beings, are subject to a range of innate motivations and emotions. However, this 'problem' seems to give psychology no apparent problem though I would say that it becomes, at best, a pseudo-science.
Nonetheless, as a management scholar, I am always willing to consider the views (theories) that psychologists believe will assist in our understanding of the influences on people's behaviour.
Increasingly organisations use techniques such as psychometric testing to select candidates; especially for senior management positions.
Therefore, I was especially interested in an article in the October edition of The Harvard Business Review by Steve Martin in which he provides a justification for the use of social norms in encouraging different forms of behaviour that will potentially make organisations operate more efficiently.
Ahead of the publication of the Energy Bill next month, an increasingly heated and polarised debate is playing out about whether or not the UK should adopt a 2030 decarbonisation target as part of ongoing electricity market reforms.
Provisional data released today shows the Government has hit the half-a-million mark for Apprenticeship starts. Today's data reveals 502,500 people started an apprenticeship in 2011/12, up from 457,200 in 2010/11.
Business. Basically its juggling with three balls . So forget the MBA's, the seminars and the shelves of advice sitting in bookshops. And focus your mind on just the three balls- get work, do work, get paid for work. Keep them all moving through the air and whether you are Apple in all its splendour or a mere pip like me - all is quite hunky dory
Once again we're through the annual ritual of party political conferences and it's been interesting to note how the question of the faltering UK economy has been addressed.
Unsurprisingly, given that we are two and a half years from the next election, Labour is reluctant to make long-term commitments. Equally unsurprising is that the ruling parties, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats will attempt to talk up their policies.
But what is really happening to improve the economy?
The ComRes opinion in Saturday's Independent will, however, not have been welcome news to the government. In particular, it showed that business leaders are pessimistic about the reality of economic growth returning to their sectors; 28% believing that it is, 32% saying it is decreasing and 37% suggesting that growth is flat.
This poll is backed up by a handful of industry-specific surveys, most especially from the services, manufacturing and construction sectors, all suggest that growth is, at best, sluggish.
Our current account balance is in deficit, some £21 billion which means that we need to create growth to be able to pay our debts off.
George Osborne has warned that further cuts to welfare are needed to supplement the spending cuts and tax rises already in the pipeline.
As we can guess, things are not going to get better anytime soon and what does not seem to be emerging is the rise of private enterprise to create the growth that is desperately required.
Is there anything else that this, or any other, government can do?