Alphabet can create a clever conglomerate

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Big companies outperform when they exploit their advantages

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‘Gig’ economy spells end to lifetime career

Employees recast as contractors, vendors and temporary workers

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Robots can kill but they do not understand us

Despite rapid advances in machine learning, androids remain a distant prospect

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The pink paper has embraced the digital maelstrom

Business publications have the advantage that readers will subscribe to financial information

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Japan will gain from Toshiba’s humiliation

The slow, bumpy, but inexorable progress in corporate reform offers investors an opportunity

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Nintendo wizards put magic in video games

Iwata and Miyamoto expanded the hobby of teenagers into family-oriented fun

Cities are hard to see through skyscrapers

Architectural expressions of individuality make global metropolises look more like each other

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Berlin Philharmonic finds harmony in democracy

The orchestra is a beacon in a world where mutuals often transform into for-profit companies

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The messaging system with little left to say

After two decades of indiscretions, digital trails and bulging inboxes, emailers are picking up Slack

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Lenders of the revolution look familiar

Goldman Sachs, hedge funds and investment trusts muscle into online consumer lending

Luxury goods face a global reckoning

The China crackdown shows what can occur suddenly to conspicuous consumption

Deutsche, stuck in middle of global finance

Jain and Fitschen personified the muddled sense of identity at the heart of the company

The unhealthily high price of cancer drugs

Companies take advantage of inflexible patient demand to try to recoup research costs

Apple’s Ive is tired of designing everything

Some regard Sir Jonathan as the group’s most powerful executive, thanks to his partnership with Jobs

America best referee to discipline Fifa

The US has a long tradition and displays great vigour pursuing international criminality

Silicon Valley has become a dream factory

Investors eager to throw money at start-ups that look as if they can create a brave new world

Picasso is not just a valuable abstract

The financial worth of any work of art remains as mysterious and unknowable as Mona Lisa’s smile

HSBC should seek its future in Hong Kong

British politicians may realise the UK cannot be complacent about its place in the world

Power without responsibility on the board

Instead of long-termism at Industrivärden and Volkswagen, there was corporate self-indulgence

Europe needs Deutsche Bank as its champion

The rules have been tightened, and rightly so. But one effect is to reinforce US hegemony


John Gapper John Gapper is associate editor and chief business commentator of the Financial Times. He writes a weekly column, appearing on Thursdays on the Comment page, about business trends and strategy. He also contributes leaders and other articles.

He has worked for the FT since 1987, covering labour relations, banking and the media. In 1991-92, he was a Harkness fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York, and studied US education and training at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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