Rescue helicopters for oil & gas installations in the Barents Sea

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I have in previous articles discussed the troublesome process over some 20 years in Norwegian bureaucracy of defining qualifications and specifications for new helicopters replacing both aging military and civilian helicopters. In the meantime Norwegian frigates and Coast Guard vessels are sailing without the ”extended operational capabilities” offered by advanced and dedicated helicopters. Also the Norwegian Rescue Service is …

A surplus of intelligence?

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I have been writing repeatedly about the general state of higher education, mainly because I believe that – cliché as it may sound – this gives us a glimpse of what the future will be like. Moreover, as a businessman engaged in the daily work for the global economy, I am interested in observing whether the academe is …

A Nordic model for governance?

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In its latest edition the renowned business publication The Economist, ran a special report on capitalism and the government models of Nordic countries. The major Nordic countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, have been taking the spotlight in all kinds of surveys and country rankings in recent years – from economic performance to the perceived happiness of their …

A fresh view on business strategy

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For budding businessmen, there are several terms and concepts that seem overwhelmingly complex, and one of them is strategy. For most people, strategizing entails intensive analyses, brainstorming and measurement; and as time has gone by, countless theories and approaches have made business strategy a confusing web of technicalities and formalities when, in fact, strategizing should only take common sense, …

The Zweig sway

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It was February 21 when the news came that the brilliant financial analyst who predicted the 1987 market crash passed away. He may have died at the age of 70, but it is certain that his contributions and influence in stock market and investment will transcend his years of existence in this world. But who is Marty Zweig? …

Attitude and personality in business – entrepreneurs with character

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A recent article for the Harvard Business Review caught my attention. The piece is called Entrepreneurs: You’re More Important Than Your Business Plan, and authors Rich Leimsider and Cheryl Dorsey make the bold claim that “the business plan is overrated” and,on the other hand, the entrepreneur himself is often overlooked. I do agree with this …

Adam Smith and the Norwegian government’s economic policies

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I have touched on Adam Smith from time to time in my discussions about driving forces behind economic and social development in societies. Some of you may recall Smith’s famous statement: “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to …

Rescue helicopters for oil and gas installations in the Barents Sea

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I have in previous articles discussed the troublesome process over some 20 years in Norwegian bureaucracy of defining qualifications and specifications for new helicopters replacing both aging military and civilian helicopters. In the meantime Norwegian frigates and Coast Guard vessels are sailing without the ”extended operational capabilities” offered by advanced and dedicated helicopters. Also the …

A surplus of intelligence?

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I have been writing repeatedly about the general state of higher education, mainly because I believe that – cliché as it may sound – this gives us a glimpse of what the future will be like. Moreover, as a businessman engaged in the daily work for the global economy, I am interested in observing whether …

A Nordic model for governance?

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In its latest edition the renowned business publication The Economist, ran a special report on capitalism and the government models of Nordic countries. The major Nordic countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, have been taking the spotlight in all kinds of surveys and country rankings in recent years – from economic performance to the perceived …