Tag Archives: business

Human Sciences and Business | MA in Luxury Business @ Sotheby’s Institute of Art

And it’s here!  Thrilled to announce that Sotheby’s Institute of Artis launching an MA in Luxury Business, starting January 2022. Tsunami after tsunami, luxury brands have learnt that luxury is not what it used to be. And that the added value of luxury is increasingly going to be linked...

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Culture in business: too thick or too thin

A compelling piece (“This morning Twitter kissed culture hard on the mouth”)by Grant McCracken [link here] about the state of culture in business. […] we have all struggled to put the culture idea on the agenda. People give it lip service, but when it comes to hiring people to supply cultural...

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The art of bowing, and a few lessons in cultural awareness

How can companies start developing cultural awareness about their markets and customers? Let me share first a personal story. At the conclusion of my Ph.D. studies in Japan, I was asked to represent my cohort at the university graduation ceremony. I had spent there five years as the only...

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Empathy and corporate innovation

With the latest pandemic, empathy has entered the business vocabulary becoming one of the mantra in corporate management. In an interview on Strategy+Business [link here] Stanford Professor and author of “The War for Kindness” Jamil Zaki profiles the benefits of empathy for both societies and business organizations. One of my favorite...

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Western luxury and Asia: the brands’ soft power

We have for too long conceived of things in the west and then, when they have been successful, run them sequentially in other places in the world. The paradigm has changed. The markets in Shanghai or Korea are so matured and highly developed that it means creative activities must...

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Storytelling capital and good storytelling

Not necessarily does one lead to the other. Due to curious circumstances this summer I found myself wearing the luxury customer hat, and pay visit to two jewellery stores (let’s call them Big Luxury Brand A and Little Local Jeweller B). Big Luxury Brand A is 150 years old...

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To do business, understand culture

culture today is not something set in stone, but rather a dynamic built on a day-to-day basis in constant conversation between people, brands, creators, and all manner of institutions (Culture Culture Culture) Glad to read these words on “Culture, culture, culture”, the latest White Paper by Highsnobiety in collaboration with Boston...

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What’s your SALT?

It has been a fascinating journey, to create SALT. Mostly, because it has allowed me to bring my own professional value into focus. Not my “daily job” remits. Not what is written on my CV, or on my LinkedIn page. Finding my value has been about embracing the complexity...

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