Archive for March 3rd, 2011

Welcome to the world of the Aerotropolis…

March 3, 2011

Greg Lindsay writes (HT: MR) an emerging trend in urban development – Aerotropolis. It is not really a new idea as it was defined by Dr. John D. Kasarda, the American academic who defined the aerotropolis concept way back in 2000.

Wikipedia puts the definition as:

An aerotropolis (Noun) (pl. aerotropoli) is a new type of urban form comprising aviation-intensive businesses and related enterprises“extending as far as sixty miles from the inner clusters of hotel, offices, distribution, and logistics facilities

Like earlier we had towns developing around railways, we would now have cities developing around airports. Some cities are going to be called Airport cities (or aerotropolis) and not the previous trend of city airports.

Lindsay points:



Economics of social networks

March 3, 2011

Mikolaj Jan Piskorski of HBS has been doing a lot of research on understanding social networks. Here is a profile of his research findings.

If the ongoing social networking revolution has you scratching your head and asking, “Why do people spend time on this?” and “How can my company benefit from the social network revolution?” you’ve got a lot in common with Harvard Business School professor Mikolaj Jan Piskorski.

Only difference: Piskorski has spent years studying users of online social networks (SN) and has developed surprising findings about the needs that they fulfill, how men and women use these services differently, and how Twitter—the newest kid on the block—is sharply different from forerunners such as Facebook and MySpace. He has also applied many of the insights to help companies develop strategies for leveraging these various online entities for profit.


Know your money’s language as money talks

March 3, 2011

The title of the post is the english translation of RBI’s new initiative. The initiative is to understand your currency notes and the key features of each note. This should then help prevent you from taking a forged note.

In his recent speech, Governor Subbarao pointed to an interesting dilemma with such awareness drives:


Value of environmental activists: WWF vs Greenpeace

March 3, 2011

Ramon Casadesus-Masanell of HBS discusses findings of his case study on the topic. It is an amazing history of both the organisations and the role they play in our daily lives. As they deliver public goods, it is a struggle for both.

They have an interesting history:


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