Bigger, better brands

How has Sports Direct moved its branded products to the ‘best’ category?

Picture: Lorne Campbell / Guzelian Feature on Sports Direct's headquarters and retail outlet at Shirebrook, near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Picture shows staff member Christopher Cook. PICTURE TAKEN ON WEDNESDAY 2 APRIL 2014
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Sports Direct’s rise to the premier league

Expansion has brought its unusual management style into focus

Business is going native again

Multinationals are questioning whether their model can survive

Don’t judge CEOs on their private views

Brendan Eich’s slant on gay marriage should not have disqualified him from being Mozilla chief

A patriarch Murdoch should have emulated

Keeping ownership and management in the family invites confusion, uncertainty and conflict

"Playing Shakespear with Deutsche Bank", PSWDB, at the Globe Theatre. School children get the chance to see a Shakepear play "The Merchant of Venice" performed at the Globe. Date: 12 March 2014 Photograph by Amit Lennon
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The Bard’s backers, in three acts

Changes at the Globe highlight a trend in corporate sponsorship

When a haven harbours unseen risk

The British Budget illustrated how ‘safe’ countries are riskier for business than they look

Man with briefcase jumping through a hoop on fire. Illustration by Tom Clohosy Cole for Boldness in business March 2014
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Passing the test

In a post-financial crisis world where caution is often the watchword, genuinely innovative risk takers stand out

Storytellers are best left on the shelf

What starts as a way to guide and motivate people becomes a plot from which bosses cannot escape

Even open capital needs a watchdog

The idea that regulators are in cahoots with Big Capital to crush the crowdfund does not stand up

Victory at all costs

Amazon levy to ease post room overload

Workplace delivery can cut costs by 30-40%. Banning it would be draconian

Skills are more than sum of school data

Business unfairly lambasts the education system and politicians for the ‘skills shortage’

Lush v Amazon: a foe can unite teams

By launching into campaigns to right a wrong, companies can rally staff and customers

A Stanford recipe for bloat-free growth

‘Scaling Up Excellence’ suggests ways to build a business without causing overload

The Blinkx affair is a Harvard whodunnit

Prof Ben Edelman has made himself vulnerable to attack

Serial adultery of the modern customer

The best way to make shoppers loyal is to give them what they want

‘Purpose’: the preachy new CEO buzzword

Leaders need a good explanation when reality clashes with values to which staff are committed

Chiefs remain reluctant to spend

Bosses in drag can set a good tone

ABN Amro’s chairman has a keen sense of what humour can achieve

ABOUT ANDREW

Andrew Hill Andrew Hill is an associate editor and the management editor of the FT. He is a former City editor, financial editor and comment and analysis editor. He joined the FT in 1988 and has also worked as New York bureau chief, foreign news editor and correspondent in Brussels and Milan.

Andrew was named Commentator of the Year at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received a Decade of Excellence award.

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