New Zealand Management

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 3, April

A Challenge to Kiwi Resourcefulness
New Zealand needs to get on the front foot in terms of verifying its clean, green image with some solid, measurable progress toward sustainable development--because branding alone won't cut it in a more carbon-conscious world, says United Kingdom sustainability...
Age of Enterprise: Rediscovering the New Zealand Entrepreneur 1880-1910
AGE OF ENTERPRISE: REDISCOVERING THE NEW ZEALAND ENTREPRENEUR 1880-1910 * IAN HUNTER * AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY PRESS * $50.00 Must have Few of the country's leading historians have known much about business. Keith Sinclair and Bill Oliver were poets...
An Anzac Challenge for Peters
It's Anzac month, time to honour the war dead and bother about Australia. So Winston Peters will drop in on the fourth Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum in Sydney on the Sunday and Monday of Anzac week and head off on the Tuesday to Gallipoli...
Belief or Bottom Line: Corporate Sponsorship: Is It Just a Case of Feeling Good to Give or Is Corporate Sponsorship Now a More Strategic Business Decision? Do Companies Use It to Give Their Image a Cosmetic Glow or Does It Reflect Core Business Values? Philippa Stevenson Explores the New Take on Corporate Giving
"Elizabeth Arden New Zealand," said the directive from on high, get a makeover." Pick a charity, said the cosmetic company's global head office, and support it. Along with other cosmetic firms, the New Zealand company was already donating make-up...
Coming in from the Cold
Conflict is a bit like cooking--at least in terms of temperature range. If the temperature is too hot (shouting and aggression), everyone gets burned; too cold and you have to stoke the fire or nothing gets cooked. Mark Gerzon often starts his workshops...
Corporate Events Come of Age: Stand and Deliver: No Longer an Afterthought, Just a Bit of Entertainment for the Troops or a 'Thank You' to Key Customers, Conferences and Events Are Increasingly an Integral Part of a Company's Marketing and Branding Strategy. What's Driving the Changes?
Conferences, conventions and events are big business--and growing. As the quality and performance gap between different products and brands narrows with increasingly sophisticated design and manufacturing tools, companies jostle to differentiate themselves....
Counting the Carbs: How Big Is Your Footprint? Our Major Trading Partners Are Setting Up Carbon Trading Regimes and Global Buying Powerhouses Discovering Their Carbon Conscience. but Are Kiwi Companies Preparing for Carbon Judgement Day?
When giant supermarket chain Tesco followed Marks & Spencer into carbon-slashing mode earlier this year, the writing was on the wall for worldwide suppliers: carbon judgement day cometh. And if New Zealand doesn't start exercising its carbon conscience...
Embracing Globalisation: In a World Where Everyone Is Competing for People, Resources, as Well as Customers, Even Companies Who See Themselves as Purely New Zealand-Bound Must Accept That Globalisation Is a Reality and Plan to Respond to This Challenge Sooner Rather Than Later, Says Business Consultancy Firm Hay Group
If embraced positively, globalisation can be a major force for organisational renewal. However to act effectively in a global market, organisations must not only have the right strategy and plan for their business, they must also have the business...
First Loyalties: Getting Priorities Straight: In the Second of a Series of Articles on Corporate Governance, Massey University's James Lockhart Argues That the Question of Just Whom Directors Serve Strikes at the Heart of the Good Governance Debate. Get This One Right, He Argues, and Other Elements Will Fall into Place
In the flurry of debate surrounding the nature of good governance, a notable element has been cast aside. Whatever happened to the notion of trust? To date, the idea that trust may be a common element in governance relations has largely been left to...
Hands off Housing
Back in March, this column mused on the critique of one Antony Mueller, a Brazilian economics professor who reckons modern economies are too complex and diverse for central bank control of money supply and interest rates. Among the problems, he contended,...
Jane Arnott on Governance & Conservation
Good governance is synonymous with prudent investment, risk management, vision, strategy and other measures ultimately designed to secure and build shareholder wealth over the long term. In making the case for investment in the conservation estate,...
John Hood: Engineering Possibility: How Did a New Zealand Engineer Get to Head What Are Arguably the Most Hallowed Halls of British Academia? Vicki Jayne Talks to John Hood, Vice Chancellor of Oxford University and, in Stephen Tindall's Words, the Embodiment of "All That Is World Class" in Leadership
For a man who's just been dubbed supreme award winner out of the impressive lineup of talent that was being celebrated at last month's World Class New Zealand Leaders awards, John Hood seems almost bashful talking about the career which prompted this...
Leilani Salesa
BA, social anthropology and English. BA, museum and cultural heritage. MA student at Auckland University. Pacific educator, Auckland War Memorial Museum. Represented the Museum and Auckland University at the inaugural Young Pacific Leaders Conference...
Managers Abroad: Andy Wilkinson: Senior Vice President/GM Asia Pacific, Webmethods-And NZ Vineyard Owner
What prompted you to seek work out of New Zealand? Initially I left New Zealand on my "OE" in early 1971 to travel to Australia and to see the world. The attraction of travel continued for a few years with jobs around Australia including a jackaroo...
Managing through the Matrix
Q I want to restructure my business so that people are able to work in different groups as the need arises. This means that they will report to two or three different managers at any one time: I think this is generally called 'matrix management'. Will...
Measuring Up: Beware the Competency When It Comes to Workplace Competencies, What Are Human Resources Really Talking about? More to the Point, Are Organisations Truly Measuring What They Say They Are?
Competencies remain a hot topic for managers and human resource (HR) managers. A large number of organisations base all their HR functions around competency models that are often sold to managers as a quick and easy solution to a number of potentially...
Researching the Future: Forward Focus the New Zealand Institute of Management Has Been Contemplating the Future of Management Education and Training and Considering What Its Response to That Future Might Be. Market Researcher and Long-Time NZIM Member Ken Fink-Jensen Reports on the Findings of an Extensive Research Survey of NZIM Membership and Managers in General
Wellington-based Research New Zealand recently completed a major survey of NZIM members and potential members to establish opinions about future business trends and canvass a range of membership and training issues that NZIM must take into account...
Ricardo Semler: Still a Maverick
HR departments? Not needed. Five-year plans? Just wishful thinking. Leadership development? Not that material. Technology? Hasn't done much to change our state of mind. Time spent listening to Ricardo Semler challenges a whole bunch of sacred cows....
Security SOS: How Safe Is Your Business? in Today's Webbed World, Securing Business Information and Intellectual Property Is More Challenging Than Ever before. What Approach Are Blew Zealand Managers Taking towards Data Security? Are We Proactive, Reactive or Simply Inactive?
Ask any manager what's the most important asset of a business and they'll tell you it's customers, employees or both. Yet there is a third asset without which a business can't function, customers can't be serviced and employees won't be paid, and that's...
Sifting Wheat from Chaff
Although the internet has brought us unprecedented access to information, the downside is that sifting through it to find the nuggets that are useful is increasingly time consuming. We've become reliant on tools like Google to find information we...
Smart but Not Yet Seamless: Innovative Maybe-But Is It Useful? Vikki Bland Talks to Users of the Latest Mobile Technology and Discovers It's Not Always Seamless-Or Secure. So What Are the Best Options?
While hype about the brilliance of new mobile devices and fast wireless networks abounds in mobile technology press releases, Pat O'Connell, chief information officer for Carter Holt Harvey, is one of many mobile managers who knows the reality of using...
Staff Who Stick: Top Tips for Talent Retention What Makes Valued Employees Stay with an Organisation When Other Opportunities Beckon? and What Triggers Good People to Jump Ship?
Employees begin to disengage and think about leaving an organisation when one or more of four fundamental human needs are not being met. These are the need for: * trust; * hope; * a sense of worth; and * feelings of competence. So says...
Why KiwiSaver Is a Good Idea
It is widely recognised that New Zealand for many years has reported the lowest personal savings rates as measured by the OECD. Of the personal savings that does occur, much is directed into housing--creating problems that the governor of the Reserve...