Four For Friday (19)

This week’s offerings include education, luxury, competitive advantage of nations, and the tragedy of the commons. But also sustainability, political economy, ethics, regulation. Oh well, just read on!

I get cautiously sceptical about a sector when MBAs and VCs start flocking to it but, despite the first line, this article on the interactive future of higher education is a good read.

Responsible Jewellery Council’s Code of Practice (PDF) is inviting comments from all stakeholders. If you have ever bought, worn or ogled at jewellery – or if you are concerned about conflict diamonds, reckless mining of precious metals and endangered resources such as corals – you should take a look and contribute. Open till September the 10th, 2012.

First movers can lose their advantage to unforeseeable factors. This story about India’s BPO and call centre industry losing its edge to Philippines. Why? Their natural accent.

And in a week that sees increasing strife and breakdown of trust between industry, regulators, legislators and the citizenry, read this brief refresher on Elinor Ostrom’s 8 principles for managing a commons. The Nobel laureate passed away on June the 12th, 2012.

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