How Can Apple Remain on Top?

September 16, 2017

Is Apple’s latest batch of new products enough to keep the company moving forward, or is it finally losing momentum after years of ruling the gadget world? Apple has released the latest iterations of its products in a highly anticipated rollout that was met with mixed reviews. Tech junkies,...

Apple Tax Case and Investment in Europe

September 18, 2016

Is the Apple decision good for investment in Europe? The European Commission (EC) decision that Ireland must collect €13 billion in back taxes from Apple has created quite a sensation. Most people agree that multinational companies can, and should, pay more tax. That general goal of the EC is...

The World This Week: “Rain Man” Says Apple Should Pay More Tax

April 24, 2016

The rich and powerful deserve more critical scrutiny instead of blind adulation if we want to live in an equitable democracy. Human beings have long loved heroes. We love dragon slaying knights and swashbuckling conquerors. In the Old World, heroes are often tragic figures. It is not so in the...

What’s Behind Google’s Alphabet Restructuring?

August 18, 2015

Google’s restructuring to separate non-Internet ventures from its core brand promises to reap rewards. Google’s move to restructure itself under a new holding company named Alphabet will help protect its core brand, gives greater independence for its riskier investments—such as driverless...

Apple Buys Beats: Desperation or Opportunity?

June 07, 2014

What does Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics mean for the music streaming market? Apple’s $3 billion purchase of Beats Electronics was an uncharacteristic move for a company that has typically limited its acquisitions to small start-ups. In fact, its last high-profile buy was in 1996,...

Corporate Tax Avoidance: Can the System Be Fixed?

July 14, 2013

Given its clear deficiencies, many agree the current US tax system is broken. In a confrontation that made headlines in May, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a report claiming that Cupertino, California-based tech giant Apple has been using a "complex web of...

Climbing Up the Global Value Chain

October 21, 2012

The new growth model for Chinese manufacturers. Leslie T. Chang, an Egypt-based journalist who brings the lives of ordinary Chinese factory girls to Westerners’ attention, impressed the world with her quote, “Just because a person spends her time making a piece of something does not mean...