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Posted by: on July 17, 2017

Who’s hosting the Olympics? It’s time to do things differently

The International Olympics Committee (IOC) has decided to allocate the next two Summer Olympic Games (probably to LA and Paris) in one go to try and make hosting more attractive. It has been forced to do this, as it is rapidly running out of cities willing to bid, let alone play host to the Summer or […]

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Posted by: on January 4, 2017

Eight rules for post-truth politics

The Oxford English Dictionary named ‘post-truth’ its 2016 word of the year. Here are eight rules for post-truth politics, based on my research on power and truth: Truth is context dependent. The context of truth is power. Power blurs the dividing line between truth and lies. Lies and spin presented as truth is a principal […]

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Posted by: on August 18, 2016

Do managers and planners learn from past mistakes?

Most theories of learning assume that decision makers learn from past mistakes. But is this actually true? As rightly observed by Donald Schön, ‘A theory about learning must deal with performance that improves over time. Performance that deteriorates, regresses, or merely swings from one mode of action to another does not qualify as learning.’* If […]

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