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Brazil’s companies need soccer team’s global clout

June 12, 2014

Itaú and 3G could lead the attack with AB InBev in midfield and Petrobras in goal. But the world’s most glamorous soccer nation, and seventh-largest economy, has few global corporate stars. In a World Cup for business, Brazil would struggle to get past the group stage.

Review: Hustling helps Africa’s partial success

April 17, 2014

Dayo Olopade’s “The Bright Continent” describes “kanju,” the hustling, striving and rule-breaking that make modern Africa work. The canny invisible hand can outwit the dead hand of corrupt bureaucracy. Sadly kanju makes the continent a tough place to do fully organized business.