UO barely ranks on public education value list

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Monday, January 07, 2013

The University of Oregon ranked 98th of 100 for in-state and 99th for out-of-state students on a list of best values in public education for 2013.

 

Firebrand Sports joins boutique fitness market

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Monday, January 07, 2013

The latest addition to Portland's booming boutique gym market is Firebrand Sports.

 

Gubser group using social networking site

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Monday, January 07, 2013

The Gubser Neighborhood Association in Keizer is turning to a private social networking site to encourage participation.

 

Granite Construction to pay environmental fine

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Monday, January 07, 2013

Granite Construction agreed to pay a $735,000 penalty to resolve EPA allegations from a contracted U.S. 20 project.

 

City Center Parking sold

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Friday, January 04, 2013

City Center Parking, Portland's largest and oldest parking lot operation, was acquired by Imperial Parking of Vancouver, B.C.

 

Thousands of Oregonians benefit from unemployment extension

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Friday, January 04, 2013

An extension of the federal unemployment benefit program will help an estimated 35,000 Oregonians.

 

NexPlanar reports $10M investment

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Friday, January 04, 2013

Hillsboro-based semiconductor company NexPlanar reported $10 million in new investment.

 
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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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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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