Posts Tagged ‘productivity’

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    Internet Distractions

    Apr 8, 11 • 210 Views • No Comments

    At work, we “should not be watching that excellent new video of a schnoodle howling along to its own piano playing.” Yes? According to New Yorker journalist James Surowiecki, the answer actually is, “No.” Citing recent academic...  [read more]

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    More Education Matters

    Mar 12, 11 • 201 Views • No Comments

    15-year old U.S. students ranked #24 for math in an OECD assessment program (PISA). For reading, they placed #15. In a Teaching Company lecture called “Underperforming Schools” Wake Forest economist Robert Whaples suggests how we might raise our...  [read more]

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    The Right Stuff

    Feb 10, 11 • 227 Views • No Comments

    Giving a grade of “One Pinocchio,” the Washington Post assessed the accuracy of President Obama’s February 7, 2011 speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Most interesting, though, were the topics on which he focused. Yes, President Obama...  [read more]

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    When is 60 a Good Grade?

    Feb 2, 11 • 194 Views • 1 Comment

    At 60.8 percent, the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) measure of manufacturing activity was way up, far more than anyone expected. Reflecting expansion, any number above 50 is good. So robust a number takes us to a question. If production is...  [read more]

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    Productivity Matters

    Jan 3, 11 • 247 Views • No Comments

    Sometimes new technology increases productivity. “Sushi making robots” at Kura, a restaurant chain in Japan, have replaced chefs while conveyer belts take the food to diners. By using less labor and more capital, in a tough economy, the firm is...  [read more]