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Olympics, Work in Progress

“I confess to you if I die right now my life would have been worth it” said Brazil’s president Luiz Inácio Lula after the proclamation of Rio de Janeiro as the city of choice for the 2016 Summer Olympics. President Lula celebrated Rio’s victory over American (Chicago), Spanish (Madrid) and Japanese (Tokyo), “rivals”, insisting that it was time for new continents to host the Games, and labelling the opportunity as “unparalleled” for his country. Lula’s joy and ...

Successful Companies in HK

Working success in Hong Kong is not only a matter of financial issues; but there is also an emphasis on family and generational continuity as an expression of success. Moreover, not to be outdated by the never sleeping Hong Kong, success comes along with being switched on, full of energy and motivated at all times. BOYDEN Continued changes in recruitment trends in Asia Demand for executive skills will continue gravitating towards talented locals who have educational and career ...

Work in the City of HK

Founded in the mid-19th century on what was described as a ‘barren rock’ at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta, the British fashioned Hong Kong as a low-tax free-trade port from where European merchants did business with Imperial China. As a Special Administrative Region of China, modern-day Hong Kong continues to be ranked No.1, year after year, on the New York Times/Heritage Foundation’s ‘Index of Economic Freedom’, and the No.3 economy on the World Bank’s ‘Ease ...

HK: the Tiger is Still Roaring

Hong Kong is a small, open, trade-dependent economy which saw its GDP growth rate drop from 9.5% in 2007 to 3.8% in 2008. Hong Kong University’s APEC Study Centre expects a contraction of 3.1% in 2009 while the Asian Development Bank (ADB) forecasts Hong Kong to grow at 3% over 2010, benefiting from its proximity to a rapidly recovering mainland Chinese economy. Twsm sought commentary from a range of perspectives on Hong Kong’s current and future economic prospects. ECONOMIC ...

Sleeping Tigers

Parag Khanna is the Director of the Global Governance Initiative and Senior Research Fellow in the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. And he is the author of the international best-seller The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (Random House, 2008), which has been translated into over a dozen languages. Twsm interviews Khanna, about the phenomenon of the “Four Asian Tigers” that he describes as being tranquillized lately and almost to be ...

Invest in Beauty

We collect for love, for fad, for gaining prestige to our position in the society and for permanence in time, in fact after death since art remains a symbolic value. People collect for vanity as well, but in a generous way because private collections could be open to the public. And usually people collect also as a way of investing their money, making their resources visible and tangible for. The relation between art and money encourages consideration regarding the motive from collecti...

Environmental Quality

Environmental quality has a key role concerning workers’ physical and psychological wellbeing. What does it mean for an architect to create a workplace that generates wellness? “From corporate headquarters to university research centres, buildings should generate a sense of community by providing informal spaces for interaction and the open exchange of ideas. Through a number of projects, we have shown how the design process can question our assumptions about buildings...

Fabulous Ideas

A quality workplace is fundamental not only for better productivity but also for better exchange of ideas. Work and wellbeing: the interior space and the quality of the surroundings. In his book “Labour, work and architecture” (2002), talking about a Swedish car plant in the late 1970s, the architectural critic Kenneth Frampton says: “A feeling of almost deliberate isolation, in the physical and psychological sense, pervades the entire structure and site […] This is distressing ...

More Technology, Less Labour

The increasing technological requirement of space, its corresponding scarcity, coupled to the need for flexibility will continue to set the tone for workplaces. Technologies and new methods of work influence office architectural design and facilities management in two apparently contradictory ways, the increasing technological requirement of the space and the potential physical reduction of it. Work is becoming more technology and less labour-intensive. Offices need to improve their ability ...

Glocal Success

TWSM visited some of the most successful companies operating in Italy today in different fields. After interviewing their managers, it was notable that that the basis of their success is their employees. SAP - BALANCING MARKET REQUIREMENTS To enable companies of all sizes to become the best-run businesses, Sap Italy made customer orientation one of his founding values. It is a company where 250 employees ‘live’ from Monday to Thursday with their customers, only coming into ...

The History of Futurism

In 1909, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti published the Futurist Manifesto in Paris. Somewhat predictable and vastly unrealistic, the manifesto includes two articles, 9 and 10, which were decidedly offensive. Futurism he, proclaimed, aimed “to glorify warfare, the sole means of cleansing the world, as well as militarism, patriotism, the destructive deeds of anarchists, fine and murderous ideas and contempt for women.” Moreover, Marinetti declared, “we aim to demolish museums and libraries, ...

Wellbeing and Workspaces

Environmental quality is a key factor for worker’s physical and psychological health, and workplace environment is a complex system where several factors do interact. We ask Renata Sias, Us-Ufficio Stile’s Editor from Sole 24 business media to provide insights into trends in our wellbeing. twsm How much does workplace quality weigh on employees’ attitude and productivity? rs The workspace must be considered a corporate asset, able to boost interaction, knowledge sharing and ...