News: Qatar National Convention Centre set to host one of the largest conferences in the world

Doha, 8 November: With less than three weeks to go, the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) has intensified its preparations to take centre stage and host Qatar’s largest conference to date – the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change 2012 (COP18/CMP8). The event which will take place from 26 November to 7 December is expected [...]

News: Entrepreneurs Organisation Qatar, appoints new president

Doha, 7 November: The Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) Qatar chapter has announced the appointment of Mohamed Jaidah as President to EO Qatar for the 2012-2013 year, under the international Entrepreneurs Organisation. The organisation brings together some of the most influential and socially aware entrepreneurs in Qatar, in an attempt to help their members learn and grow [...]

Interview: Khalid Al Jaber, A serial entrepreneur

As CEO of Innovation Group, Khalid Al Jaber is a 35-year-old Qatari who is involved in all four of his company’s divisions, in the information technology sector and filmmaking, as well model building for the construction, real estate and oil and gas industries, through the German-based Innovation GmbH. Al Jaber is also executive director of [...]

Virtualising Qatar’s Businesses

The virtualisation of business organisations and the challenges in the networking and data management industry TheEDGE spoke exclusively with Nimer Ghazal, country manager for Brocade Qatar about the virtualisation of business functions, the move to cloud based applications and the challenges for companies in managing their data in a time of information explosion. What is [...]

Qatar’s atomic future

Nuclear energy analyst provides evidence of Qatar’s atomic power ambitions by Jamie Stewart Evidence has emerged that the Qatar Ministry of Energy and Industry is moving forwards with its programme to develop nuclear power in the country. State-owned energy giant Qatar Petroleum is seeking to employ a senior nuclear energy analyst, with responsibilities including playing [...]

Is Management Ideology the last bastion of American hegemony?

Here is a tricky question: How many living management gurus did not learn their trade in North America? The London Business Schoolís Julian Birkinshaw, who has presented this condundrum to many of his esteemed international colleagues, writes that it is not easy to come up with a list of top experts who are not American, [...]

News: New NGO launched to enhance research and sustainability in Qatar

Doha, 25 October: As part of Qatar’s investment and long-term commitment to the environment, the Qatar Sustainability Network (QSN) was officially launched in Doha yesterday. At the launch, Nadia Aboul Hosn interim board member at QSN outlined the mandate as a network to cultivate a culture of research, science, and sustainability through active engagement of civil [...]

Vol 4 Issue 10 Oct 2012

This month’s cover story in about one of Qatar’s more contentious investments, The Shard, a skyscraper that sits on the bank of the river Thames in central London. We take a look at the differing sentiments it has generated from Londoners and Qatar’s role in the project. In this issue we also look at the [...]

RecentArticles: Business innovation

Embracing Corporate Innovation

Well-known business expert Costas Markides shares his insights into innovation in the contemporary corporate context, presented here by the London Business School. Markides rose to prominence during his 20-plus years at London Business School, currently as Robert P. Bauman Professor of Strategic Leadership. He has also written several business related books, and holds degrees in [...]

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Business Model Innovation and Reinvention

i360’s Kamal Hassan shows how the world’s great companies have used business model innovation to open up new markets. Innovation can be a nebulous term; what is innovative to one person may be only clever marketing to someone else. A new technology may solve a problem and bring real value to users, or it may [...]

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An Innovative Route to Success

Start-ups need specialised information and support if they are to find their way to success. i360’s Kamal Hassan argues the case for business incubators that go beyond the basics. Like art, innovation requires creativity. However, the process of creating a work of art is different than creating an innovation. An artist can sit at a [...]

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Government Innovation: An Oxymoron?

People would argue that governments anywhere in the world do not have many incentives to overcome inertia. With no profit motive, no threat of organisational failure and an often deeply entrenched non-innovative culture, there is simply no pressure for government to innovate. i360’s Kamal Hassan shows that this need not be the case. The basic [...]

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Introducing Innovation Culture

Today, innovation defines competitive advantage, drives strategy, and is a fundamental prerequisite for growth. Tomorrow, innovation will be the only practical source of competitive advantage, will dictate strategy, and determine whether an organisation will grow or die. Whether you work in government or the private sector, a culture of innovation is vital to the success [...]

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