When electricity was first popularized at the beginning of the 20th century, there was a huge wave of factories that replaced their steam engines with electrical engines in an effort to increase productivity and modernize operations. However, the initial productivity gains from the electrification were barely noticeable - a phenomenon known in the economics literature as the … [Read more...] about 7 lessons learned on business process reengineering and improvement
A Mexican spends his days in his tiny room in Tijuana trying to control the flight path of a helicopter by hacking it using an Arduino board that he bought for less than US$20. In Buenos Aires, a teenager discovers he can manufacture prosthetic hands at a very low cost with the help of a 3D printer. In Peru, a woman who has not yet turned 30 dreams of helping unemployed women … [Read more...] about Integration and Innovation: the Creative Economy Boom
Do companies with women leaders on their executive committees produce better financial results? It appears they do. [gdlr_notification icon="icon-flag" type="color-background" background="#009cbb" color="#ffffff"]The IDB, with the support of Google, invites you to the launch of ConnectAmericas for Women. Connect via hangout and participate in the online discussion with Adriana … [Read more...] about Women’s leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean
What do Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, and Venezuela have in common, apart from being members of the MERCOSUR? The fact that they are all countries where, as in Ecuador, there is significant public demand for greater integration with the world. Thanks to the new alliance between the Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL) and Latinobarómetro (link … [Read more...] about What does integration mean for Latin Americans?
In March 2016, the Chinese government released its 13th Five-Year Plan at the end of the National People’s Congress Annual Meeting. The plan sets a blueprint for China’s policies and economic and social development goals for 2016–2020. With over 80 chapters, the document is full of details that are critical for informing LAC governments’ understanding of where China wants to be … [Read more...] about Five Highlights of China’s 13th Five-Year Plan that Matter to Latin America and the Caribbean