Time to let our phones roam free

Devices abroad have to act like furtive ‘illegals’, terrified of doing any useful work

Eurish develops a grammar of its own

European business people usually turn to English to communicate but often with lexical quirks

High price we pay for shoddy clothing

More durable garments should prove less expensive in the long run

Business needs to take on the far right

Those clamouring to dismantle the EU ignore the democratic strengths the group embodies

Top careers for the next 25 years

Many professions will become obsolete over the next quarter-century – but some will flourish

How China can extend its soft power

The country should train thousands of teachers to turn Mandarin into a world language

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Foreword: The matters that affect us all

Chief executives make only a handful of big property decisions. It is important to get them right

What to do if you have been ‘dreedled’

Many an executive is given to passing unpleasant or daft orders down the line

Auditors escape attempts to tame them

The Big Four have maintained a wholesome image while doing exactly what they want

London must hang on to its real taxis

The capital city’s genius, indeed the British genius, is to build on what went before

Citizens take lead in war on corruption

In some countries it is ordinary people who are finding ways to tackle graft

French PR campaign is missing its target

Investors look further than politicians’ insults or press reports

A better interview will reduce bias

Longer we talk to people, less likely we are to judge them by race or sex

Would you want Pietersen in your team?

How to deal with talented but awkward people who don’t abide by the rules

Language disputes benefit US and UK

Americans see those who adopt Britishisms as pretentious and snobbish

Pity the managers in religious disputes

When exceptional incidents hit the headlines, it is usually because someone wants them to

Non-business books for managers

Works on astronomy, politics and plain English that surpass faddish specialist titles

Learn Mandarin but master English

Future Chinese executives will hear foreigners struggle with Mandarin and switch to English

Open EU borders are reciprocal and fair

People who demand the right to work abroad should accept that the deal works both ways

Vinyl-lovers should read newspapers

Never write off any technology, even when it seems to have been buried


Michael Skapinker Michael Skapinker's column on Business and Society appears on Thursdays. An assistant editor and editor of the FT’s special reports, he was born in South Africa and educated at Witwatersrand and Cambridge universities. He began his journalistic career in Greece and joined the FT in London in 1986.

He received the Work Foundation Members’ Award for his contribution to the understanding of working life and was named Columnist of the Year at the 2008 WorkWorld Media Awards and Business Commentator of the Year at the 2012 Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards.

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