April 01, 2007

Sound products, clever ideas and the right plan are what you need for a successful move into overseas markets. A little chutzpah doesn't go astray either. By Jane Cherrington

"I haven't the foggiest how to sew," says Sean Ashby blithely. Fortunately for the rapidly expanding menswear company aussieBum, his doggedness launched a business that, in theory, should never have survived.

April 01, 2007

In documenting Australian executive culture, Professor Leonie Still has captured our corporate elders' achievements and values as a benchmark for future generations.

If the best intentions of historical recording are to objectively document human actions and beliefs, Professor Leonie Still's generational study of Australian male and female executives will be appreciated by social researchers in the future.

March 01, 2007

Lynelle Briggs, Public Service Commissioner, represents the changing face of our public sector. Here she talks to Jennifer Alexander about the management challenges for public sector reform, human resources and "wicked" problems.

March 01, 2007

In a market where financial analysts are focused on earnings, and stock prices react accordingly, employee development is a cost that many companies are all too eager to shed. Diane Therese reports.

March 01, 2007

As the arts industry becomes more professional, mainstream business is learning much from its particular brand of management. And their collaborations are becoming an art in itself, writes Jane Cherrington

AXA's decision to shout tickets for 1000 children from disadvantaged backgrounds to see The Lion King in Melbourne could be seen as simply ticking a box on a corporate social responsibility agenda. But it was much more, says Chairman Rick Allert.

February 01, 2007

Innovation is more than just the invention of the next big thing. Today's managers must think of ways to harness innovative creativity for better goods, processes and services. By Cameron Cooper

When in need of great business concepts, Remo Giuffre does not turn to his management team or staff, he simply sends an email to his army of customers around the world.

The founder of cult retail brand REMO General Store, Giuffre unashamedly takes his cues from his customers through real-time feedback courtesy of the cyber world.

February 01, 2007

What are the entrepreneurial and leadership skills needed to launch an innovative new product into a crowded and mature world market - from Brisbane?

Mark Henry was a fitter and turner before he gained double degrees in engineering and business, but he was also a man with a plan. And his plan was to convert a long-term interest in knife and steel technology into a multi-million dollar export business.

February 01, 2007

With environmental sustainability moving up the boardroom agenda, progressive companies are now realising that 'going green' can save them money, increase profits and reduce risk. By Darren Baguley

February 01, 2007

With Canberra's emerging private sector economy, and its status as the place where the big policy decisions are made, savvy managers and lobbyists know that a presence in the Capital can be vital to business and influence. By Gillian Bullock

There's a tendency to think that peddling influence is a recent phenomenon, but lobbying has been around for many a year. Back in 1947, the banks successfully lobbied to stop the Chifley Government's proposed nationalisation of the country's trading banks.

November 01, 2006

A trusted confidant who can act as a guide and a mentor, and who is a source of inspiration and ideas, can be a boon to any executive seeking professional and personal success. By Bina Brown

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