Archive for October 16th, 2013

Enrollment in online courses is on the rise, as students opt for a more cost effective and convenient alternative to a traditional college environment. But Americans have reservations about the value of Internet-based learning, and believe it provides less vigorous testing and grading, less qualified instructors, and degrees that are viewed as less valuable by employers, new research finds.
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For several years now we’ve been hearing about American businesses rushing to embrace sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Hardly a day goes by that some manufacturer isn’t touting its latest socially responsible act, whether it’s donating money to charity, building a greener factory, or giving away products to the poor.

Tucked inside most of these altruistic stories is the implied or sometimes bluntly stated message that CSR is good for business, good for the bottom line, and good for the shareholders.

It may seem heretical and counter to what businesses  and the public have been told, but recent reports have shown that maybe the motives of CSR aren’t always pure. Moreover, it turns out that misguided CSR can be disastrous for businesses and their bottom lines.

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Worldwide demand for packaging equipment is expected to escalate in emerging markets. However, the market for end-of-line machinery will likely be softened by the abundance of manual labor.  Read more

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