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July 2011

Magnetic nanobeads detect chemical and biological agents

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
0711_NextA multi-disciplinary team at Oregon State University is using nanoparticles of iron oxide to help detect chemical and biological agents, proving again Neil Young’s truism that rust never sleeps.
 

Powerlist: Hospitals

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Articles - July 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

This month's Powerlist ranks Oregon hospitals by total operating expense.

 

Private 150: Oregon's top privately held companies

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
0711_Private150It may not be robust, but Oregon’s top privately held companies seem to be experiencing recovery.
 

Bend's economy is coming back to life

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Articles - July 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
0711_Bend_01After a historic flameout, Bend's economy is coming back to life on the strength of a fresh crop of growing companies and the enduring pull of its natural beauty.
 

Qatar looks to Oregon

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
0711_Qatar_02A desert Middle Eastern kingdom looks to Oregon to help solve its food security issues and evolve its sustainability.
 

State We're In: Residential real estate still falling

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
0711_IndicatorsGraph_01Residential real estate is still looking to hit bottom.
 

Oregon economic indicators as of April 2011

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
 
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Shifting Ground

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BY JOE ROJAS-BURKE

Bans on genetically modified crops create uncertainty for farmers.


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Healthcare pullback

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112014-boehnercare-thumbBY JASON NORRIS | OB CONTRIBUTOR

Each month for Oregon Business, we assess factors that are shaping current capital market activity—and what they mean to investors. Here we take a look at two major developments regarding possible rollbacks of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


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Editor's Letter: Power Play

January-Powerbook 2015
Thursday, December 11, 2014

There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace. 

Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.

This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay. 

Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.

New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”

That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!

— Linda


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Legislative Preview: A Shifting Balance

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Democratic gains pave the way for a revival of environment and labor bills as revenue reform languishes.


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Leading with the right brain

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120914-manderson-thumbBY LINDA BAKER

On the eve of the Portland Ad Federation's Rosey Awards, Matt Anderson, CEO of Struck, talks about the transition from creative director to CEO, the Portland talent pool and whether data is the new black in the creative services sector.


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Corner Office: Steve Tatone

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Seven tidbits about the president and CEO of AKT Group.


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Corner Office: Pam Edstrom

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Seven tidbits of information from an agency partner and co-founder of Waggener Edstrom in Lake Oswego.


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