Lloyd Center cleaning, security staff being laid off

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The company that bought Lloyd Center mall in Portland filed a notice that it expects to lay off 49 employees that provide security and cleaning services at Lloyd Center.

 

Weyerhaeuser paying $2.65B for timberlands

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Weyerhaeuser Co. will acquire Longview Timber and its 645,000 timberland acres in Oregon and Washington for $2.65 billion.

 

Farmers try to develop disease-resistant hops

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Oregon farmers are working to develop disease-resistant hop varieties with a pot-in-pot system.

 

Hillsboro Hops expected to bring business to area

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Hillsboro Hops hope to bring a business boom to Hillsboro.

 

Judge throws out Port jobs ruling

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A federal judge threw out the ruling that awarded two Port of Portland jobs to union electricians instead of longshoremen.

 

Oregon startup scene matures

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Oregon startups are beginning to mature, a new survey shows.

 

Tsunami damage to arrive for decades

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami will continue to bring invasive species onto U.S. shores for years to come, an OSU ocean researcher says.

 
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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!

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