Employers certainly aren’t shy when it comes to asking about a potential employee’s background. Why? They want to get to know him – to make sure he’s (...)

The author Simon Phillips is a mentor and trainer who specialises in coaching for business networking. As such he does a good job of providing some go(...)

LinkedIn’s dilemma in China underscores the difficulty of doing business in a country with stringent censorship rules where few other US technology companies have succeeded.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

LinkedIn expanded into China this year, adopting policies in line with the country’s censorship rules. Now the world’s largest professional social-net(...)

Earlier this summer the New York Times carried a front-page story about a speech Barack Obama had given on US foreign policy with a headline referring to his “Cautious Reponse to World Crisis”.

In a recent column about Sheryl Sandberg, I spelt her first name with a C. I have no idea why I did this, but whatever the reason, having written “Che(...)

Match Capital has used its algorithm to help early stage companies raise more than €5 million in funding

Success in entrepreneurship is often about serendipity – and great founders seem to know instinctively how to capitalise on good fortune. Yet there i(...)

Staff at Paddy Power’s  office in Belfield Office Park, Dublin. The bookmaker revealed last month that almost 650,000 customers were affected by a data breach in 2010.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Jason Ferguson said the job was straightforward: buy a gambling company’s client data and flip it to a rival who could use the information to win new (...)

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An employee views a wall display of t-shirts at LinkedIn’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. The US Department of Labor found that the professional social-networking company had to pay    almost $6 million in unpaid wages and damages to current and former employees. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

LinkedIn’s mission is to “create economic opportunity for every professional.” However the US Department of Labour has determined that the company isn(...)

Security of tenure in employment is an increasingly elusive arrangement and the traditional psychological contract that traded loyalty and hard work f(...)

Employees hold a meeting at LinkedIn headquarters in Mountain View, California. The professional networking website has increased its Q3 revenue forecast to between $543 million to $547 million. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

LinkedIn showed investors it can reignite sales after more than a year of slowing growth, with a forecast for third-quarter revenue that topped estima(...)