• Top of the Class, Elite Capital & Co

    After being awarded Infrastructure Project Finance Provider 2018, Henry Martin sits down with George Matharu President and CEO of Elite Capital & Co. Elite Capital & Co’s services are suitable for all types of Infrastructure Projects in either Greenfield (Pre Operations Stage) or Brownfield (Operations Stage) including but not limited
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  • The Rise of Tax Technology

    As new tax rules proliferate and governments call on companies to demonstrate greater tax transparency, corporate tax functions need to strengthen their tax determination, tax data management and tax reporting capabilities. This need drives more chief tax officers to weigh investments in cloud-based tax technology solutions. Getting the highest returns
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  • Economic Factor

    As an international and cosmopolitan city, Berlin attracts founders, entrepreneurs, investors and talented individuals from all over the world. James Brown interviews the CEO of Berlin's economic development organisation, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, Dr. Stefan Franzke, regarding Brexit, the election of Trump and a city where the spirit
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  • Lisbon Hits the Top Spot

    1st Lisbon Forget London or Stockholm - everyone is upping sticks to the new capital of cool. Lisbon, once regarded as a second class city, promotes an enviable can-do entrepreneurial spirit and lays claim to the most exciting creative scene in mainland Europe right now. Undervalue Western Europe's oldest city at
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  • Direct Access

    Henry Martin interviews Michael Sturm, Managing Director at Invest in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH (Invest in MV) Henry Martin: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has a very established and reputable knowledge and skills base with both a solid research base and established clusters in advanced industry sectors. How do you consider these factors to influence potential
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  • Hamburg: Gateway to Europe

    Henry Martin spoke to Rolf Strittmatter, managing director of the HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation. The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has led to insecurity and relocation considerations in the corporate world. It is widely anticipated that companies that generate their revenue mainly within the European Union will
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  • Leader of the Pack

    We speak with Mikael Spuhl, CEO at 3D Interactive Sthlm AB James Brown: Could you give us a brief introduction to AR and its benefits? The usual technical description of augmented reality (AR) is “a technology that layers computer generated enhancements on top of an existing reality”. I would introduce
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Category Archives: Executive Education



Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics recognised as one of the best Business Schools in Europe This Lisbon university is a safe bet as a training partner for many international companies, due to the quality of its faculty, as well as the fact that it’s located in one of the trendiest cities in Europe.

The quality of CATÓLICA-LISBON
Executive Education is recognised by the Financial Times ranking, placing this school among the 40 best in the world and the 20 best in Europe. And besides its Executive Masters and Open Programs, the Custom Programs of this Portuguese university have been the ones with greatest rises in these rankings. This year alone, for example, they have gone up 10 places. CATÓLICA-LISBON solutions for companies are a unique training experience resulting from careful planning and preparation between the school’s team and its clients. These solutions can take place at the Católica University’s campus, right in the center of Lisbon, or in any place in Portugal or all over the world. The clients just have to choose what location they prefer.

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Value Creator or Destroyer? Keys to Profitable Outcomes


History is littered with examples, from AOL and Time Warner to Daimler and Chrysler, Kmart and Sears to Bank of America and Countrywide. Although there is a wealth of empirical evidence that shows an 80 percent failure rate for mergers and acquisitions, organisations just can’t seem to stop themselves from trying.

Companies that don’t want to end up as cautionary tales need to take a hard look at why these deals failed, and gain a clear understanding of valuation. But even then, says Wharton finance professor Itay Goldstein, highly intelligent, experienced senior executives make some very bad decisions. He tells participants in Integrating Finance and Strategy for Value Creation it’s often a case of the classic prisoners’ dilemma: cooperation is clearly in the best interest of both parties, and yet otherwise rational executives fall prey to competition that results in serious — and preventable — negative consequences.

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The New AMBA Community – The Ultimate MBA Power Club


Every generation, one million MBAs graduate from AMBA’s 220+ Accredited Schools around the world. AMBA’s ambition is to build the association into a dominant, membership-attracting organisation to stand out from any other as the single best membership organisation in the industry.

Culture has a significant impact on how effective AMBA is with this ambition, as the environment and experiences AMBA creates for its members are influenced by our personality as an organisation. They are especially influenced by the organisation’s executives and other managerial staff because of the role in decision making and strategic direction.

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Where next? The Aston Online MBA


Choosing the Aston Online MBA means that you become part of an innovative and flexible learning community dedicated to the needs of today’s business executives. It is a truly flexible programme fitting around your needs and enabling you to apply your learning to your current career, providing immediate and ongoing personal development.

The Economist recently ranked Aston’s MBA as second best in the entire world for Return on Investment, and with triple accreditation and industry experienced faculty it is easy to see why Aston is the smart choice for MBA study. Welcome to a well-supported learning community that is ready whenever you are Taking the Online MBA at Aston does not mean that you are on your own. You will follow a carefully structured series of modules, with a comprehensive support network and access to a range of virtual classroom materials and a virtual MBA Lounge, all available online.

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The ‘MBA Class of 2015 Survey


What are prospective MBA students looking for?  33% named the quality of the school (reputation, rankings and accreditation) as the main criteria for choosing an MBA programme. The most popular mode of delivery is full-time MBA (43%). Only 4% expressed an interest in purely online MBA programmes. The biggest motivation for pursuing an MBA for 22% is career progression. 50% hope to be able to fund their MBA through loans, grants and scholarships.

Read testimonials from four prospective MBA students. London, – The ‘MBA class of 2015’ survey on prospective MBA students’ preferences, conducted by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) during its accredited MBA Fair in London last week, asked prospective MBA students about their main criteria for choosing an MBA programme, their preferred mode of delivery, their main motivation for pursuing an MBA and the ways of funding their MBA degrees.

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