Business School

On sustainability and profit

What determines the sustainability of your commercial enterprise? What makes it profitable? An answer is in the balance of investment into innovation and production, writes…


The energy dissipative enterprise

Here we look into the commercial activities of an enterprise through a prism of energy dissipation to understand the conversion of investment into income. The…



How to be stretched like a rubber band

Standing in a local shopping centre, I am thinking, “What do I know?” It is Saturday afternoon in Meadowhall, Sheffield, in England’s north and its…


The Great Global Refinery

Previously we have looked at the economic behaviour of an enterprise through an evolutionary prism used more commonly in biology. Now we extend this approach…



Passing the silver baton

One reason that Capital in the 21st Century has become a best seller is that it deals with issues of real significance for “baby boomers”…


A new deal for the rich

What factors govern the distribution of wealth between individuals in today’s modern societies?  In the first part of our chief-exec.com digest of the French economist,…


Born in unusual times

Capital in the 21st Century is a surprising international best-seller.  A highly detailed monograph from the renowned French economics professor, Thomas Piketty, the 690 page book seems an unlikely…