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26 Life-Cycle-Based Business Strategies that Matter

October 21, 2013  

We've all heard of the sharing economy. We're all aware of the need for double decoupling. We all know that our resource consumption needs to drop drastically. But still, nothing is less disputed than our enjoyment of more money, be it a raise, a growing business or an increasing GDP. Isn't that contradictory? Well, yes and no. In terms of business strategies, here's how to get to both at the same...

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