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Roger Smith

A busy task to follow the leadership debate

LEADERSHIP is the “in” topic these days around the business school agenda and in many enterprise staff development programs. In some ways it has claimed priority over management as the necessary ingredient for performance success.

Bribery or facilitation - that is the question?

IN developing countries where poorly paid government officials have substantial administrative power, the rapid rise of cash rich entrepreneurs and the influx of foreign companies wanting to set up operations stimulates corruption and black markets.

Policy creates order in business chaos

WHILE the growth in many companies (especially SME’s) necessitates that a more systematic approach to management is required, it is well to recognise that the policies and procedures that usually accompany efforts to create order should remain

A strategy for change

THE common organisational response to problems of most types, and to perceived opportunities, is to advocate that a change is necessary. Such changes are an inherent part of whatever solutions or plans are proposed.

UWA News

IT is many years since I read Jared F. Harrison’s 1974 book on obstructionist techniques used by managers in organisations.

People power still the key

MANAGERS are being warned that unless they embrace the computer, e-commerce, knowledge management and the Internet they risk being overwhelmed by those who do.

Mentors ease the loneliness at top

CEOs and senior managers in small and large public and private organisations are under increasing pressure to perform in an environment that is becoming more complex, uncertain and challenging.

Managing the liberal arts and sciences

TO BE successful managers need to be lifted out of the realm of expertise in technicaldisciplines and into the realm of expertise in metamanagement.Metamanagement is a higher or second level of management – as metacommunication is a higher or second

Consulting is now big business

AS organisations have restructured, downsized, privatised and globalised, consulting has expanded.The industry is reckoned to be worth $50 billion per annum worldwide. Estimates suggest it is worth $3.5 billion per annum in Australia.

Skills need to be transferred

TRAINING and development programs as usually practised do not always produce the goods.This is because training and development are seen as being synonymous with courses and transfer to the job of skills actually learned does not occur.