People

Leadership

The recent defeat of Aberdeen Football Club by Kilmarnock sent Craig Brown's side to the bottom of the table - the position they were in when he and assistant Archie Knox took over one year ago.  Manager Brown accepts responsibility for the club's current plight but pointed out that his...
People

Roles and responsibilities

Having the appropriate structure is vital if an organisation or project is to meet its objectives.  The filming of the recent BBC TV series Frozen Planet is a demonstration of how a matrix organisation structure operates.  Individuals with different capabilities and experience and from different backgrounds have been brought together...
Marketing

The power of word-of-mouth promotion

During November, animated film ‘Puss in Boots’ topped the North American box office.  The 3D prequel to the Shrek series of films, with Antonio Banderas repeating his role as the voice of the swashbuckling feline, took around $70 million in its first two weeks of ticket sales. As box office...
Operations

Customer service

UK service sector activity picked up in November after falling in the previous month, although the rate of job losses was the fastest in 15 months, a closely-watched survey suggests.  The modest increase in overall activity in the sector was due to higher volumes of new work and a rise...
Strategy

Driving efficiency and effectiveness

Civil servants are preparing a business plan for a single body to replace the Environment Agency, Countryside Council and Forestry Commission in Wales. The plan states the benefits of a single environmental body (SEB) as giving better delivery on environmental issues, a single point of contact, shared resources and combined...
Marketing

Sponsorship as a marketing strategy

Sir James Dyson, the bagless cyclone cleaner inventor, has put up 1.4 million GBP over a 10-year period to sponsor an engineering professorship post in fluid mechanics at Cambridge University. The appointed professor will be charged with investigating ways of boosting the efficiency of any fan, be it in a...
People

Advantages from diversity

Parliamentary candidates should have a legal right to time off work to campaign, and parties should offer bursaries to would-be MPs from poorer backgrounds, a think tank says.  The Institute for Government’s report said Westminster was ‘overwhelmingly white, male and middle-class’. Just one fifth of MPs are women and 27...
External environment

The economy and the business cycle

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which represents developed economies including the US, UK and Japan, has reported that every economy it monitors has suffered a slowdown during September. The OECD's leading indicators index tracks economic growth relative to the long-term trend for individual economies and is designed...
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