In a new global study of Internet usage, there is an observable shift that mirrors much of the world's current demographic and economic growth, says the report's author, Soumitra Dutta, dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Whereas in the past, Western sources and users dominated the Internet, it is now becoming an Eastern-centric space, Dutta tells Arabic Knowledge@Wharton.
What began as an informal charity effort by Sudanese professionals living abroad has grown into an organization aiming to introduce transparency and efficiency into social work through pinpointed projects. Sadagaat, a Khartoum-based nonprofit, says its homegrown, ground-up approach cultivates an ethic of giving within a society increasingly facing economic challenges. "One of our main goals is to become the efficient mediator between donors and the people who are in need," said Nazim Sirag, Sadagaat's executive manager.A Sterling Eye for Detail: Cufflink King Robert Tateossian
A Wharton graduate with a banking job at Merrill Lynch, Robert Tateossian had achieved the model of traditional success for MBA students. But he veered from that path to launch a start-up in high-end fashion, focusing on cufflinks, still a luxury item for most men. Despite the odds and competition, he has managed to build a strong luxury brand. Tateossian spoke with Arabic Knowledge@Wharton about the steps he took to become a name synonymous with elite men's jewelry.To Honor Her Late Brother, a CEO Carries On the Business He Founded
Leila Belkhiria Jaber was an independent Tunisian tech entrepreneur when her brother died of cancer at a young age, leaving behind the unfulfilled promise of a company he founded. Out of a sense of duty, Jaber reluctantly took control of Netway BSB, and has since guided it to success. Doing so, she tells Arabic Knowledge@Wharton, has been the best way to honor him. "Because this firm is still here, it is as if he is not gone," she says.Indian Consumer Goods Firms Go Shopping Abroad: Will It Work?
For Indian fast-moving consumer goods companies, the domestic market has become very competitive, and sustaining organic growth is turning out to be increasingly difficult. Domestic acquisitions have become an expensive proposition, so the firms are starting to look for opportunities outside the country, especially within emerging economies.Why Is the Sun Setting on China's Solar Power Industry?
Just two years ago, Suntech Power Holdings was an emblem of China's meteoric rise in the global economy. But now, Suntech and China's solar industry have taken a dramatic tumble. According to experts at Wharton and elsewhere, China's solar sector is following a pattern set by many of the country's target industries, including steel and aluminum, where government support has led to overcapacity that far outweighs demand. The only cure, they suggest, is for China to bite the bullet and allow more market discipline to determine the winners and losers in key industries, including solar power.