Economists track Oregon despite no new jobs data

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Oregon economists have shifted their focus as the state's monthly hiring update for October was skipped due to the federal government shutdown.

 

Bend Research plans expansion

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Bend Research announced a $20 million expansion of its Bend manufacturing plant.

 

Metro housing recovery still on rise

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

The Portland metro area's housing market recovery is nearing pre-recession levels.

 

Oregon students' skills mostly average

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Oregon students' reading and math skills are mostly average compared to other students nationwide, national exam results show.

 

SolarWorld might buy Bosch factory

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

SolarWorld might buy a solar-panel factory owned by Bosch in Arnstadt, Germany.

 

Three Oregon counties reject public safety levies

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Voters in Curry, Polk and Columbia counties rejected property tax increases to fund public safety and jails.

 

University of Oregon ranks low

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

The University of Oregon ranks behind comparable universities in key metrics, including student-professor ratios, winning research grants, undergraduate graduation rates and more, a new report says.

 
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OB Poll: Wineries and groceries

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24-winethumbA majority of respondents agreed: Local vineyards should remain Oregon-owned and quality is the most important factor when determining where to eat or buy groceries.


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Old school: Paulsen's Pharmacy maintains old fashion ethos

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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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The short list: 5 companies making a mint off kale

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