When the EADS and BAE announced merger plans earlier this year, it spurred a flurry of speculation about how the rest of the aerospace and defense industry would respond. Now in the aftermath of the merger being called off, speculation continues about the outlook of defense merger and acquisition (M&A) activity – and specifically what impact that will have on government and suppliers.

While the Department of Defense has indicated its reluctance to sanction M&As among the US primes (particularly when mergers lead to monopoly situations), at sub-tier levels, M&A activity has been occurring at a robust pace and promises to continue-at least in the near future. Keep reading →

What makes today’s young professionals different than previous generations?

For the past decade at least, Americans have been subject to variations of “40 is the new 30.” A mantra that is supposed to allow older people to do the things that had previously been relegated to younger people, either because their bodies were more capable, or society looked at those activities as within the province of youth. Keep reading →

Think about the last time you met a professional contact at a conference. Did you only talk about your most recent project at work, or did you delve into topics like your family or favorite television shows? My hunch is that you blended the personal and the professional as you built the initial rapport of the relationship.

Why do organizations expect their employees to interact on social networks — whether it’s Facebook or Twitter or an internal collaboration tool like Yammer — as if they are any different? Why do they force employees to focus only on work topics and fend off the family photos, recipes and recent celebrity buzz? Keep reading →