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Businesses improve when they experiment with new structures and formulas — and then actively analyze their mistakes, Tim Harford says. In <em>Adapt,</em> his new book, the <em>Financial Times </em>columnist examines the merits of failure.
As costs go up in China, they charge more for products and that means Americans pay more. Over the past 12 months, prices of things the U.S. imported from China, are up 2.8 percent. But five years ago, the price of Chinese imports were actually falling. David Wessell, of <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>, ...
LinkedIn is the first social networking site to go public. Renee Montagne speaks with Steve Blank, a veteran of Silicon Valley, about what makes Internet start-up companies worth billions of dollars, and when they are overvalued.
The unemployment rate in Aberdeen, S.D., is about half the national average, and more jobs are available than can be filled with local workers. The city has launched a public relations campaign to lure out-of-state workers. Now it's scrambling to make sure that when workers do come, they'll have a place to stay.
To ease fiscal troubles, Half Moon Bay — a California seaside town — has made big cuts, disbanding departments and laying off half its workforce. The police department is on the verge of closing, making the town dependent on the local sheriff's office for the first time in 50 years.
Hybrid and electric vehicles have been rolled out by many of the large Western and Chinese automakers. But analysts expect low consumer interest and a yet-undeveloped infrastructure to be major roadblocks to environmentally friendly vehicles in China.
Big oil wasn't the only target for lawmakers' anger Thursday. Over on the House side, Republicans on two committees, joined forces to lambaste an Obama administration proposal for more disclosure of political money. White House officials are drafting an executive order that would mandate disclosure from ...
While the U.S., the U.K. and much of Europe brace for spending cuts and austerity, Germany's economy is growing. As manufacturers add extra shifts, there's a new shortage of skilled workers — leading to renewed calls to ease restrictions on immigration.
Microsoft is buying Skype for $8.5 billion. Bloomberg News technology analyst Rich Jaroslovsky talks to Steve Inskeep about what the moves means for Microsoft.
Pumping music, heavy doors and slippery floors are just a few things that make a store less inviting to senior citizens. As their sector is set to grow in the next decade, some retailers are starting to make spaces more welcoming to this consumer group.
From cellphones to laptops to electric cars, lithium is the metal of choice for battery makers. In his book, <em>Bottled Lightning</em>, Seth Fletcher explores new applications of the light, cheap metal and investigates what he calls the "lithium economy."
The California Public Employee Retirement System, CalPers, is the largest public pension fund in the nation. During the financial crisis, the fund took a big hit. Joseph Dear, chief investment officer for CalPERS, tells Linda Wertheimer that recently the fund has had double-digit returns.
Many believe that one of the biggest challenges poor people face is hunger, but economist Abhijit Banerjee argues that the economics of poverty are often much more nuanced. Banerjee looks at how poor people make economic decisions in his book, <em>Poor Economics.</em>
Another crop of tablet computers is coming out. Bloomberg technology columnist Rich Jaroslovsky talks to Steve Inskeep about whether any of them can compete with Apple's iPad,
Google recently launched a new algorithm for generating search results — one meant to keep low-quality sites out of top hits. For Mitch Lieberman's online furniture business, the change has led to a mass drop in rankings and profits. He's taken on a daunting, expensive effort to reverse his company's fate.
News of the death of Osama Bin-Laden is having an effect on financial markets. Stocks are up Monday morning in New York and the price of commodities like oil are down slightly.
The annual shareholders meeting of Berkshire Hathaway takes place this weekend in Omaha, Neb. The company is run by Warren Buffet, and the meeting is referred to as the "Woodstock for Capitalists." Financial journalist Roger Lowenstein talks to Renee Montagne about why the faithful come from far and ...
Michihiro Kono lost his factory, storeroom, customer records and two of his employees in the tsunami. But the ninth-generation CEO of Yagisawa Co. is determined to rebuild his soy sauce business, despite the odds.
The Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1937 gave life to the United Auto Workers union. GM workers gained collective bargaining rights and the contracts became models for workers in other industries. Olen Ham was one of those striking GM workers. Today, he continues to fight for worker rights.
In 1952 there were 470 strikes nationally; in 2010 there were 11. A chief tool of labor unions, striking has clearly declined sharply in the past few decades amid economic shifts and growing anti-union sentiment.
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