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The secret letters of history’s first-known businesswomen

The secret letters of history’s first-known businesswomen

Around 1870BC, in the city of Assur in northern Iraq, a woman called Ahaha uncovered a case of financial fraud.

Ahaha had invested in long-distance trade between Assur and the city of Kanesh in Turkey. She and other investors had pooled silver to finance a donkey caravan delivering tin and textiles to Kanesh, where the goods would be exchanged for more silver, generating a tidy profit. But Ahaha’s share of the profits seemed to have gone missing – possibly embezzled by one of her own brothers, Buzazu. So, she grabbed a reed stylus and clay tablet and scribbled a letter to another brother, Assur-mutappil, pleading for help:

Female Business Leaders, Business and Cultural Environment, and Productivity Around the World

Female Business Leaders, Business and Cultural Environment, and Productivity Around the World

Studies of female business leaders and economic performance are rarely conducted with worldwide observational data, and with considerations on the underlying cultural, institutional, and business environment. This paper uses worldwide, firm-level data from more than 100 countries to study how female-headed firms differ from male-headed firms in productivity level and growth, and whether the female leader performance disparity hinges on the underlying environment.

Importance of Research with Impact

Importance of Research with Impact

There is a desperate need for accurate and impactful research that centers on justice and sustainability principles. We believe that organizations like ICSB are the blueprint for what the process of creating sustainable and impactful research will look like.

Reflections

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De emprendedor a empresario y de empresario a emprendedor.

De emprendedor a empresario y de empresario a emprendedor.

Tal parece que en todo el mundo arrancar empresas está de moda y que ser “emprendedor” es lo de hoy. Pudiéramos erróneamente pensar que antes de esta fiebre de startups no existían los emprendedores como tales, pero lo cierto es que desde tiempos inmemoriales siempre han existido aquellos que por alguna razón y en algún momento, decidieron correr el riesgo de intercambiar bienes de diferente valía con otras personas, buscando sacar un provecho o beneficio.

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