“People can think it’s scary and that robots are going to be taking over their jobs, but it needn’t be like that,” says KPMG head of innovation Niall Campbell

The first signs of revolution can come from the most unlikely and the most seemingly modest sources. After all, a relatively minor colonial dispute ab(...)

Beijing and economic policy: Observers are calling upon the authorities to be more transparent. Photograph: Reuters

China’s policymakers have a stellar reputation for the quality of economic management but the same was true of Japan’s three decades ago. For the Japa(...)

‘Governments don’t feel compelled to invest in a problem over which there is considerable apathy.’ Photograph: Getty Images

According to the McKinsey Global Institute, the cost of obesity to the UK National Health Service problem equals the combined costs of the entire poli(...)

Summoning the demon: while Elon Musk’s phrase is evocative, there are benefits to job creation from technology. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

There is no shortage of angst about the relentless advance of digital technology and what it means for the workforce, if not humanity. Dire warnings h(...)

Richard Dobbs, a director of the McKinsey Global Institute and co-author of No Ordinary Disruption.

Disruption of traditional models of business and a shift of global power eastwards have been the themes of many a business book and management confere(...)

Big tech companies have  decided that supplying the means for others to analyse data is going to be a big business

The technology world is looking at ways to make everything more efficient. The question is, will this be good for the many, or the mighty few?Earlier (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: the way forward, she insisted,  was a return to frugality. Photograph: Fritz Reiss/AP

Many economists, including US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen, view global economic troubles since 2008 largely as a story about “deleveraging(...)

A worker rides past a poster showing Beijing’s central business district outside a construction site in Beijing. Growth in China’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to slow to 7 per cent in 2015. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

The early new year is a fine time for getting out one’s crystal ball and seeing what the future holds. China-watchers are particularly prone to futuro(...)

What the first World War had not done, the Great Depression, Nazism and the second World War did. By the time of D-Day the world economy had disintegrated. Photograph: EPA/Jamie Peters

This year is the 100th anniversary of the start of the first World War, the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the 25th anniversaries of the collapse of th(...)

The Gherkin and St Helens stand at the heart of the City of London. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

High-income economies have had ultra-cheap money for more than five years. Japan has lived with it for almost 20. This has been policymakers’ principa(...)