Archive for February, 2011

Invitation: Congressional Briefing on the American Community Survey

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Building Stronger Industries and Communities: The Role of the American Community Survey

On March 7, the Annie E. Casey Foundation is sponsoring two Congressional briefings on the American Community Survey. To register, or for more information, please contact Juliane Baron or Mary Jo Hoeksema at or via phone at 202-341-7283.

PDF invitation: ACS Congressional Briefing

Book Review: Zombie Economics by John Quiggen

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Read Brian Sloboda’s review of Zombie Economics by John Quiggen.

If you are interested in reviewing a book, or are a publisher and wish to provide SGE with review copies, please contact

2/17 Lunch: Oded Shenkar, The Ohio State University

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Copycats: How Smart Companies Use Imitation to Gain Strategic Edge

In the business world, imitation gets a bad rap. We see imitating firms as “me too” players forced to copy because they have nothing original to offer. In Copycats, Oded Shenkar challenges this viewpoint. He reveals how imitation—the exact or broad-brushed copying of an innovation—is as critical to prosperity as innovation.

Shenkar shows how savvy imitators generate huge profits and how they avoid costly errors by observing and learning from other’s trials. He will present suggestions for making imitation a core element in your competitive strategy and pairing it powerfully with innovation.