BBC Business Daily

BBC Business Daily

Examining the big issues facing the global economy, Business Daily demystifies the world of money. From giant industries like aviation and automotive to the smallest scale start-up, Business Daily asks the big questions about free trade, technology and investment. There is also analysis of management and marketing trends, and what business jargon really means - together with reports on business news from around the world via the BBC's global network of reporters.

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  • Weibo and WiFi

    Fri, 18 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Rory Cellan-Jones presents a technology special about the Chinese micro-blogging service Weibo, and a potential revival in the idea of social WiFi

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  • In the Balance: Hierarchy at Work

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    In the Balance examines office hierarchy. If some of the latest buzz about the 21st century workplace is to be believed, old-style vertical management structure is dead. Or is it? Are such rumours greatly exaggerated? An anthropologist, a business school prof and a so-called envisioner from Microsoft, battle it out for the truth. Ed Butler is joined by Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer for Microsoft UK; Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice at London Business School and Kathleen Richardson, Research Associate at the Department of Anthropology at University College London. And Colm O Regan asks how important is the place where you do your work?

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  • The secret of whisky's world success

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    29 days remaining

    Justin Rowlatt tours a distillery to learn about the process of making Scotch Whisky. He hears how the sector has adapted to changing markets worldwide and the importance for it of links to the EU. The shadow minister for trade and investment argues that “no” a vote in the Scottish independence referendum guarantees an immediate future for the country in the EU, while a Scottish National Party MP says an independent Scotland would have time to negotiate its ongoing place in the Union following a “yes” vote. Justin also learns the fine art of ‘nosing’.

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  • Elemental Business: Chlorine

    Wed, 16 Apr 14

    Duration:
    34 mins

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    Chlorine is more than just swimming pools and gas attacks. This poisonous green gas is the great enabling element of the chemicals industry, helping to create your clothes, computer chips, medicines, flooring... Justin Rowlatt travels discovers the brutal process of extracting the chlorine from the most mundane of raw materials - table salt. We hear from chemsitry professor Andrea Sella about the thousands of uses to which this halogen is put. And why might the bursting of Spain's property bubble put up the price of soap in the country - and what's it got to do with chlorine? Listen to find out.

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  • Gambling addiction in Asia

    Tue, 15 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    27 days remaining

    We go inside Cambodia's border casinos to hear stories from players and workers describing imprisonment, torture and gambling addiction. Also, we consider the role of good luck in business investing with financial strategist Michael Mauboussin. Plus, on the day that Google announce the takeover of a drone manufacturer, why we should all be excited about having a drone of our own.

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  • Can Russia afford conflict in Ukraine?

    Mon, 14 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    What's the fall-out for the Russian economy, as Ukraine accuses Moscow of orchestrating violent unrest? We get the thoughts of John Lough of London's Chatham House. We also speak to "Monsieur Jacques", the French businessman who some say played a big part in bringing down South Africa's apartheid regime. And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times reflects on the good and bad of office gossip.

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  • In The Balance: India and jobs for the young

    Sat, 12 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    India needs to create about 100 million new jobs over the next decade to meet the needs of its vast and growing population. As the largest democracy in the world goes to the polls this week In the Balance focuses on the future of work for young people who currently make up about 65% of the population. Ed Butler in Delhi discusses their economic needs and aspirations with eminent development economist Jayati Ghosh, business journalist Mihir S Sharma and Vikas Gupta of the Indian tech company, Tech Mahindra. What can the politicians do to bring work to India's young? How can the education and skills of rural youth be improved and which sectors of the economy can provide them with the most jobs? 

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  • India Elections

    Thu, 10 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Business Daily comes to you from Delhi where elections are seen by many as a potential turning point for the country. An economic slowdown has brought hardship for some people here. Others are angry about what is seen as a rising tide of corruption. Presenter, Ed Butler tests the mood amongst electors as they prepare this week to cast their vote.

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  • Elemental Business: Lithium

    Wed, 9 Apr 14

    Duration:
    33 mins

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    In our series examining the world economy from the perspective of the chemical elements, we are looking at the extraordinary properties of lithium. Thirty years ago it wasn't reckoned to be that useful. Now it powers so many of the gadgets we now take for granted and may soon even replace the gasoline in the cars we drive. But it also has other properties, levelling out the manias and depressions of bipolar disorders. We investigate a very curious element.

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  • Samsung Profits Sink

    Tue, 8 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Samsung, the world's largest maker of mobile phones, braces for a drop in its annual profit. One commentator tells us the electronics giant has a lot of scope to cut costs. Also, as countries prepare for an IMF meeting in Washington, economist Jim O'Neil explains why the US is being accused of dragging its feet on reforming the institution. Plus, the destination manager for the Northern Ireland Tourist Board tells us why she hopes the worldwide popularity of the Game of Thrones TV series will do for Northern Ireland what The Lord of the Rings trilogy did for New Zealand.

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