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Big Data in Life and Business

[Read directly on ForbesIndonesia.com] by Jennie M. Xue Whether we realize it or not, today, our lives are dictated by big data in an unprecedented manner. Companies, institutions, and politics will be forever changed beyond recognition. Everything we do is recorded...

How Indonesia Can Excel at Reverse Outsourcing

[Download PDF Reverse Outsourcing] by Jennie M. Xue According to AT Kearney’s 2016 Global Services Location Index (GSLI), India ranked the first out of 55 countries analyzed on business outsourcing destinations. China, Malaysia, Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand, The...

Full Stack Dilemma in Startups

[Download PDF FORBES INDONESIA Full Stack Dilemma in Startups] by Jennie M. Xue Today, Indonesia is a hotbed for e-commerce startups. With 2017 forecasted growth of 5.1%, we can expect to see more startups. The thing is, we cannot easily predict which ones will thrive...

Beliefs and Conversations in Leadership

[Download PDF FORBES Indonesia November 2016] by Jennie M. Xue A TRUE LEADER starts conversations. It’s a soft skill that makes an organization, regardless of its size and scope. A good organization understands that a great leader makes a huge di!erence in operational...

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Humans 3.0

[Download PDF FORBES August 2016 – Fourth Industrial Revolution and Humans 3.0] by Jennie M. Xue The World Economic Forum in Davos in January revolved around four issues: automation, China, emerging markets, and Brexit. Due to its scope, the automation issue is...

The Pros and Cons of Universal Basic Income

[Download PDF FORBES May 2016 Pros and Cons of Universal Basic Income] by Jennie M. Xue Universal Basic Income (UBI), also called Universal Guaranteed or Guaranteed Income, has lately been a topic of discussion. The concept is that all citizens as individuals (rather...

Calvinism, Work Ethics, and Indonesia

[Download PDF FORBES Feb 2016 Calvinism Work Ethics and Indonesia] The prevailing religious denomination in a country does seem to have some effect on national work ethics, legal systems and overall perspectives on ownership. by Jennie M. Xue Predominantly Catholic...

The Future of Talent Management in 2025

[Download PDF FORBES Future of Talent Management 2015] by Jennie M. Xue Management gurus make a good living trying to postulate what is “the future of management.” My answer? Managers must get used to managing “talents,” instead of “employees.” In the coming decade,...

Self-Managing Companies

  [Image: Amazon Echo] [Download PDF FORBES Indonesia Self-Managing Companies] by Jennie M. Xue The Internet of Things (IoT) has started to change our lives. At home, school, workplace, and leisure, every single gadget and app has been or will be connected to...

Let’s Get Engaged

[Download PDF FORBES May 2015 Let’s Get Engaged] by Jennie M. Xue Employment engagement is an important factor in business, and positive engagement can improve productivity (while negative engagement can hurt it). In which countries are staff most engaged? In...

How Long Will Oil Prices Stay Low?

[Download FORBES February 2015] by Jennie M. Xue Oil has lost half of its value since last June. Has the price reached rock bottom? How low is it going to be? The U.S. has become the largest oil producing country with 14 million barrels total daily production of crude...

Defending Higher Wages for All

by Jennie M. Xue Inequality is the most nagging economic problem in the world today, because the less money people have, the less products can be sold. It literally means death to businesses. We need to revive the world economy with higher wages, as higher consumer...

Becoming a “Good” Country

Download PDF: FORBES August 2014 Becoming a Good Country by Jennie M. Xue Indonesia’s international image isn’t rosy. It’s a fact that we must humbly acknowledge. A random survey of Americans would say that Indonesia is “part of Bali.” More than ever before, a...

Business Success as an Outlier

Download FORBES May 2014 Business Success as Outlier by Jennie M. Xue Contrary to what motivational speakers believe, Malcolm Gladwell posited that many variables are at play in “successful” individuals: they are more than intelligent, courageous, and persistent in...

Balancing Views of 2014

by Jennie M. Xue As 2014 is a presidential election year, it will be abound with politics. With the global economy yet to recover fully and BRIC countries slowing down, local businesses have started to become anxious. Will this be the year when things go awry? Will...

The Taller They are…

Download FORBES Indonesia November 2013 by Jennie S. Bev Often overlooked, there appears to be a rough correlation between skyscrapers and financial bubbles. Skyscrapers and other magnificent architectures may be useful indicators of speculative economic bubble...

Macrotrends in Supply Chain Management

by Jennie S. Bev, Santa Clara How we do business has evolved greatly since 1980s and 1990s. Many things have become more convenient, but others might require more efforts with a new shift of consciousness. Thus, businesses should be aware of the global macrotrends and...

Hattanomics and Political Bubbles

by Jennie S. Bev, Santa Clara After Widjojonomics and Habibienomics, we are now in the Hattanomics era, a term referring to the policies of Coordinating Minister of Economics Hatta Rajasa and popularized by Kevin O’Rouke in “The Politics of Indonesia’s Protectionism”...

Can Indonesia be the Next Philippines?

by Jennie S. Bev, Santa Clara The Philippines has become the favorite destination for offshore outsourcing of U.S. companies. The country’s young population’s strong skills, culturally adaptable attitude and western-mindedness are a clear advantage. In general,...

Is Sustainability Still Possible?

    Jennie S. Bev, Santa Clara More and more businesses declare that they’re environmentally friendly, ecologically conscious, and sustainable. Ecofriendly signs have become a seal of approval that a product is good for the environment, yet many...

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