June 2013

100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon 2013

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Monday, May 27, 2013

0613 GreenList

The fifth annual 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon list showcases exemplary workplaces that inspire and empower workers with a daily and enduring commitment to sustainable practices.

 

Next: radioactive energy

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

0613 NextA nuclear meltdown occurs when a nuclear reactor overheats, causing severe damage. Now scientists at Oregon State University are testing a new type of “superhot” nuclear reactor design that operates at temperatures above 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, about three times as hot as existing reactors.

 

Powerlist: credit unions

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

This month's Powerlist ranks credit unions.

 

4 benefits of using a credit union

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0613 BOB FinanceCredit unions have been so focused on serving communities and providing excellent financial services to members that we have failed to tell our story — who we are and what makes us different.

 

Nurturing startup success

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

0613 BOB BizMattersOne of the most important endeavors undertaken by Business Oregon is our assistance — through the Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) and its signature research centers — of young Oregon companies seeking to tap the expertise of Oregon university researchers.

 

Big data doesn't mean big litigation

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

0613 BOB Information 01Businesses that want to use big data should be mindful of not just the opportunities it provides but also the potential pitfalls, especially where there is latent litigation risk. Here are three tips for mitigating that risk.

 

What I'm reading: Dave Zepponi

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

0613 BOB DaveZepponi 02Dave Zepponi, President of the NW Food Processors Association, shares what he's reading.

 
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Editor's Letter: Power Play

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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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