Grameen Bank, a new approach to social businesses

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Deborah Haber

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How to help the most disadvantaged populations order to take them out of severe poverty without entering into a welfare logic?

This is the challenge taken-up by Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladesh economist and civil society leader who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance.

Microcredit basically consists of very small loans to poor borrowers who lack collateral, steady employment and a verifiable credit history. It is designed to support entrepreneurship and alleviate poverty. Continue reading

Lost in translation: The different cultures in B.D

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    Zahy el Kassis

    Globalisation has become the main pillar of the 20th century. It seems almost impossible to define globalization without mentioning culture diversity. It is almost impossible to mention culture without mentioning conflict and conflict resolution. Though cultures are powerful, they are often unconscious influencing conflict and attempts to resolve conflict in imperceptible ways.

    Cultures are more than a language, more than history food or dress. Cultural groups may share the same race, ethnicity or nationality, but they also arise from cleavages of generation, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, ability and disability, political and religious affiliation, language and gender- to name only a few.
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Telecom “An industry like no other”

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Pierre Ruelland

Finding an industry in which you want to work is not an easy task. The diversity of them in our modern world is quite impressive and It is often a difficult choice for the young graduates that have to decide in what sectors they wants to work. The choice has to be carefully made. You want to be certain your personality will match with the requirements of your industry. For example, the Finance sector, requires a high level of dedication from its employees with a strong resistance to stressful situation whereas the Retail industry will be looking for adaptable people with empathic skills. Of course nothing is better than testing it and as we studied it in Entrepreneurship, experimenting an opportunity or a hypothesis is key to have a sense of certainty. Today, I would like to talk to you about my Industry, the one I discovered one year ago and aim to continue exploring after graduation. Can you guess which one?
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Schneider Electric an example of Green Development in the Maritime Industry or Schneider Electric “Plug Into Green Power”

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Carmen Garcia Bango

Nowadays, becoming a green company is not a trend anymore, firms have to adapt to the new times and this is the case of Schneider Electric (SE). SE was founded in 1836 in France and today it operates globally in the heavy and energy industries. To become such an important player in the market, one of the main focuses of SE is R&D investment, the company destines between 4-5% of its sales revenue on this activity, and taking into consideration that in 2013 SE sales reached 24 billion euros its investment in R&D can be considered pretty high.

But why can we consider Schneider Electric a Green company?
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Why Invest In Armenia?

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Armand Magharian

123634After earning the Masters Degree, most of the students ask themselves the same questions: What is the next step? Where should I apply? Should I work in a multinational company? Should I start my own Business? Where is the place that suits best my new business?
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The show mustn’t go on – “Morning after” Tsipras’ Election

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Jascha Romanski

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All of us know how it feels to wake up after a long night of partying. At the party, there were no problems, just showing off, a lot of talking and finding new friends. Suddenly, the party is over; Monday again, we have to start working.

Tsipras will probably feel the same way right now. The show is over. Continue reading

Business Development & Investment Banking – An Interdisciplinary Link

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Chris Bargmann

World-renowned magazine Forbes tried inadvertently provide a clear definition of what is “Business Development”. And had its struggles in doing so: Is it Sales? Is it Partnerships? Is it pure street Hustling? The magazine goes even further and puts the question “what is business development” on the same step with the crucial question in physics asking, “What exactly is the universe?”[1] Literature is far from providing one clear and agreed definition in order to answer this question. However, when searching for a definition, one might very frequently come across keywords like “Sales”, “Marketing”, “Business Planning”, “Growth”, “Corporate Development” and “Innovation Management”.

So where is the link to Investment Banking?
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