The Key to Business Success – By Phin Upham



By Phin Upham

The business world thrives on competition. But what makes the biggest difference between a successful firm and one that doesn’t make it in the long run? Business owners and top executives would love to know that secret ingredient that contributes to a firm’s success or failure. The problem is that it doesn’t exist, at least not in the way they are hoping. There are, however, several points of view which might explain why some firms have a “sustainable competitive advantage.” One of these views is the dynamic capabilities view. Continue reading


Phin Upham Bio



Phin Upham

Phin Upham

Phin Upham has lived in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto. He is currently an investor at a family office / hedge fund.

Phin remains actively involved with his research from graduate school. Phin is the author of numerous papers, articles, and essays. Some of his published essays include “Finding cohesive clusters for analyzing knowledge communities,” and “Citation structure of an emerging research area on the verge of application.”
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Wonderland in New York12/9/2011

The bronze “Alice in Wonderland” statue in New York City’s Central Park is lovingly polished and worn down by the hands, knees and feet of hundreds of thousands even millions of climbing children Contributor: Phin Upham Published: Dec 09, 2011


Crime Control Act of 1990



During the 1990s, Congress had a difficult problem to deal with. There was a sudden increase in juvenile violence, and policies of the time did not provide for action against certain financial offenders. The Crime Control Act attempted to limit the flow of guns on school campuses, prevent and control the use of anabolic steroids, and bolstered several efforts aimed at protecting children. The act also had consequences for banks, which provided some legal grounds for employee protections and discussed how the Fed would go about collecting loans owed to it. Continue reading


A Masterpiece by Antonio Canova



By Phin Upham
Hercules Firing Arrows at his Children by Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Antonio Canova’s painting “Hercules Firing Arrows at His Children,” is a captivating and beautiful piece of art. It is a masterpiece because it conveys emotion and because of its subtle use of detail to convey meaning. Completed in 1799, the painting is 42 X 66 cm and painted with oil on paper and glued to canvas. The artwork captures the story of Hercules’ horrible madness. In the legend, Hercules is driven mad by alcohol and the goddess Hera. His madness causes him to slaughter his family. Once sober he is stunned and distraught by what he had done and he agrees to twelve labors in order to atone for his crime. Continue reading