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    On (Dis)Agreeing Well in Mythbusting
    ( 2024-06-21)
    The line between myth and fact can often be challenging to discern. This ambiguity regularly fuels heated discussion in educational and popular discourses about concepts like direct instruction, power-posing, and emotional intelligence (Siegel, 2024b). To foster critically constructive interactions marked by appreciation, empathy, and authenticity (Rogers, 1957), it is valuable to understand and be able to use different forms of (dis)agreeing with others—and sometimes even with oneself. Although it is goal and context dependent what well means, professional mythbusters should strive to use forms of (dis)agreeing that add value to a discussion.
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    Where do we go from here? Muddling through business adaptation to climate change
    ( 2024) ;
    Jorge Rivera
    We study the interrelations among climate change (CC)-related extreme events, adaptation strategies, and product price performance within the California wine industry. Drawing upon the resource-based view of the firm, we formulate a hypothesis suggesting that the influence of CC-related extreme events on product performance is mediated by the adaptation strategies employed by firms. Adaptation to CC can be a source of differentiation advantage to firms. In this context, firms strategically adapt to the physical environment to secure access to vital natural resources amidst extreme CC disturbances. Subsequently, these adaptive measures translate into enhanced firm value. To assess our hypotheses, we employ a sample comprising 50,156 wine-winery-year observations for 535 wineries, spanning the years 1981 to 2019, matched with wildfire events. Our results indicate that the adoption of CC adaptation strategies can be a source of value for firms, enabling them to produce products that can be sold at a price premium. We also suggest that firm CC adaptation strategies mediate the relationship between CC-related extreme events and product price.
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    Swiss Trade Monitor - 13 - From Grapes to Vapes: Switzerland’s Trade in Alcohol and Nicotine
    Low Trade Volume but Significant Economic Impact: While the trade volume of alcohol, tobacco and nicotine products is relatively small, accounting for just 0.91% and 0.2% of Switzerland's total import and export volumes, respectively, these sectors generate significant federal revenue and have a noteworthy economic influence within the country. Increasing Popularity of Snus and Vapes: The import of newer nicotine products like snus and vapes has been rising, reflecting a shift in consumer preferences. Notably, snus has become increasingly popular since a federal court ruling that acknowledged the risks associated with nicotine but did not consider them a basis for prohibition. Dominant Import Partners for Wine: Italy, France, and Spain are the leading import partners for Swiss wine by volume. Even though Italy leads imports by a wide margin in liters, France is the leader in terms of value, resulting in a significantly higher average price per liter. Strategic Production Location for Tobacco Exports: Switzerland serves as a strategic base for the production of tobacco products by major global companies due to its lenient legislation compared to other countries. This has positioned Switzerland as a key exporter of tobacco and nicotine products (primarily cigarettes), especially to countries with less stringent consumption regulations.
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    Towards Defining a Regenerative Economy
    (Sustainable Development Solutions Network Switzerland, 2024-06-07) ; ; ;
    Carole Küng
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    Jorge Tamayo
    We are rapidly approaching the point of no return as we surpass the current limits of planetary systems and boundaries through human activities. As we are nearing potentially irreversible tipping points in our socio-ecological systems (SES), there is a greater need for going beyond limiting harm and moving towards repairing the harm done a creating positive outcomes for both nature and society.
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