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The Importance of Business Education

Lorenzo Mule Stagno

I am a firm believer in Education, in all its different forms, because of the reasons I shall try to expound on in the text below, as well as due to my own personal experiences (more detail to follow). Although for most people, I suppose, the answer is as obvious as it is to me, I decided to give the ... Read More »

Small States: From caterpillars to butterflies (Part 1)

These are defining times for small states. Globalisation, the knowledge economy and the internet are creating new scenarios which present changed threats and opportunities for small states.  Key concepts such as time and space are being redefined and new paradigms are fast emerging. If small states are to succeed in meeting their economic and social objectives a change in mind-set ... Read More »

SME Entrepreneurship in Europe – and what about Malta?

Lorenzo Mule Stagno

On 9th July 2010, a EU news website quoted some interesting points from a study about SMEs: “Small firms which trade internationally create more jobs and are more innovative. However, just one in four SMEs has exported in the last three years, prompting the European Commission to promote “internationalisation” in its forthcoming innovation strategy…there is concern at the low ... Read More »

Small States: From caterpillars to butterflies (Part 2)

In the first part of our article, we argued that although today most states can be considered to be small, for historical reasons academic studies still look at small as being “sub-optimal” and reduced versions of the larger states which dominate the international political and economic order. Moreover, there have been relatively few studies to assess and determine the sources ... Read More »

Innovating Leadership – a long-term solution to short-term crises

Lorenzo Mule Stagno

Innovating Leadership revolves around two concepts with the consequences and ramifications of acting and reacting within the scenarios associated with these concepts. The first one is “Change happens” while the second one claims “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. The inevitability of change Change, it seems, is inevitable. Organisations that do not react to the change that surrounds them, ... Read More »

Why should organisations care about KM?

The rapid growth in interest in Knowledge Management (KM) within the context of the so-called “knowledge economy” is of increasing interest and recognition, both within organisations and by the financial markets, of the value of intellectual capital/intangible assets.  This article examines the KM challenges that organisations, large and small and across industry sectors, are facing. KM is not a new ... Read More »

Market(ing) Effects of Innovation

Lorenzo Mule Stagno

Considering that change happens, whether we like it or not, there is a strong argument for doing our bit to either prepare for it, or more proactively, to try to shape the change by becoming innovators. Innovations, however, can be of different types and levels, affecting the market in different ways. The strategic marketing decisions that an organisation takes when ... Read More »

Digital agenda by and for citizens

Is Europe’s crisis a denial of the European model? I would argue it is not the case. The crisis must be an incentive for Europe to modernise its model and adjust it to a globalised and competitive multipolar scenario, without renouncing its welfare state. To achieve this goal, in 2010 the European Commission launched the Europe 2020 Strategy, with the ... Read More »

Some Considerations for any Entrepreneur

Lorenzo Mule Stagno

We’ve all heard this before: Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes. The thing is – cliché or not – it’s true. Fixed all-encompassing formulae just seem not to fit the bill. The best one can do is to try to discover behaviours and traits which appear to be, by and large, common to many successful entrepreneurs, and from there ... Read More »

Starting off on Knowledge Management – the practical way

This article focuses on the practical issues of implementing Knowledge Management (KM), mainly how an organisation that is completely new to KM might get started. I would like to start my article with two quotes from the past showing the ever importance of Knowledge Management: In 1940 H.G. Wells wrote “An immense and ever-increasing wealth of knowledge is scattered about ... Read More »