Updated: Disrupting innovation | Print |  Email
070814 thumb disputive-innovationBY LINDA BAKER  | OB EDITOR

The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation  — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment. 

Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.

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Nike gay marriage PAC returns $180K | Print |  Email

The Nike Equality Political Action Committee, which supports the legalization of same-sex marriage, returned more than $180,000 to company executives.

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Reser's Fine Foods to move production to Hillsboro | Print |  Email

The Beaverton-based food manufacturer will begin construction on a 310,000-square-foot specialty food plant and distribution center this summer.

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WMFDP to host $56K diversity training | Print |  Email

White Men as Full Diversity Partners is putting on a three-day diversity training conference in Welches at the foot of Mt. Hood.

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EWEB drops developer | Print |  Email

The Eugene Water & Electric Board eliminated Paradigm Properties, leaving three firms with the chance to acquire and redevelop the utility's 17-acre riverfront property.

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Attack of the Robin Sages | Print |  Email
070714 thumb linkedinfakesBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

Named after the 2010 experiment by Thomas Ryan, "Robin Sages" are fake social media profiles designed to encourage linking and divulging valuable information.

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Intel, chipmakers, pressured to make deals | Print |  Email

As cash reserves swell, chipmakers are rushing to find partners for industry deals.

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Oregon food processor, cold storage company expand | Print |  Email

The 90-year-old companies, NORPAC Foods Inc. and Henningsen Cold Storage Co., built a new 260,000-square-foot warehouse in Salem.

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Distilleries add to Oregon market | Print |  Email

According to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, distilleries generated $53 million in sales — approximately 12% of total liquor sales in the state in 2011.

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Lloyd District hotel to close for $10M renovation | Print |  Email

The Red Lion Hotel near the Oregon Convention Center will close September 2nd and reopen next year as Hotel Eastlund.

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Vancouver to open first pot store | Print |  Email

A recreational marijuana store, Main Street Marijuana, will open its doors on Wednesday.

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Trends in business succession | Print |  Email
TrendsBY TED AUSTIN & MIKE BAELE | GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

The Office of Economic Analysis announced that Oregon is currently enjoying the strongest job growth since 2006. While this resurgence has been welcome, the lingering effects of the 2008 “Great Recession” continues to affect Oregon businesses, especially with regard to estate planning and business succession.

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Adidas and Walmart shoe designer settle lawsuit | Print |  Email

Adidas America Inc. and Elan Polo Inc. settled a trademark lawsuit over whether an Elan Polo shoe infringed Adidas' three-stripe design.

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Taking the lead in boosting Oregonians’ health and strengthening our economy

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0108-injection-thumbBY CAMBIA HEALTH SOLUTIONS & OREGON BUSINESS COUNCIL | OP-ED

Businesses have a significant stake in the health of Oregonians. In fact, we cannot succeed without it. By committing to using our companies as levers for good health, we invest in our people, our business, our quality of life and our economy. 


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4 married couples who work together

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They say maintaining a healthy marriage takes work. So does running a business with your spouse.


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Umbrella Revolution

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Yeah, we know: Oregonians are way too cool for umbrellas. But today’s stylish, high-tech models will soften the resistance of the most rain hardened.


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March 2015
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BY AMY MILSHTEIN | OB CONTRIBUTOR

Multilevel marketing, health claims and zyto scanner biofeedback machines: How dōTERRA thrives in Oregon. 


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Imperial Palate

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Power Lunch at the Imperial.


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5 companies react to lower fuel prices

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Consumers love the savings they get from low oil prices, but how has business been affected?


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All Rise

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Friday, February 20, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN | OB CONTRIBUTOR

Don’t just sit there. For a healthy workplace, move up and down — and all around.


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