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Articles from February

A Career on the Wild Side
Do career breaks suggest irresponsibility or originality? Might an unorthodox CV be an asset to a job applicant, or is it a liability? A year or more out of work in order to travel round the world, write a book or climb Mount Everest may fulfil a lifetime's...
Better Not to Bet on the Basics
There have been peaks and troughs in the commodities trade since Roman times. Ryhmer Rigby looks at how world events have affected the price of primary goods To look at the beginnings of the trade in commodities in Britain is to peer back into Roman...
Building's Decline and Fall
As so often in England, the tale is told most honestly through black humour. There is the line, popular since the early 1990s: `What do you say to an architect with a job?' `Big mac and fries, please'. Or there is the story about how the upper floors...
Business Is Good for You after All
Nobody likes a lawyer. Nobody likes a journalist. Nobody likes a banker. In fact, with the possible exception of doctors (who come top of the `respectable profession' list invirtually every society), nobody thinks much of anybody else's profession. ...
Business Needs Strikers
Stolen footballs are not normally the stuff of national newspaper articles. Not unless they happen to belong to the oversize bronze of Jackie Milburn which graces Newcastle upon Tyne's main shopping drag. This particular piece of larceny made it into...
Calling All Manufacturing Plants
Entries are invited for the Management Today Best Factory Awards 1996 which will be organised - as in each of the preceding four years - in association with the School of Management at Cranfield University. The aim of the Best Factory Awards, which are...
How Does Britain Measure Up?
Everyone likes to know where they stand in relation to the competition. However well United Widgets plc is doing, its management will lose sleep at night if its arch rival, Widgets Inter, national plc, is doing better. Even worse, perhaps, is if its...
In the Wake of the Nolan Recommendations
Is there any point in companies retaining MPs as consultants? The vote by MPs last November to endorse the recommendations 7 of the Nolan committee was hailed as the start of a new era of openness in the dealings of Parliamentarians with the outside...
Making It Big
The UK has a wealth of expertise in computer networking and programming skills. But companies need to look to the US in order to focus their expertise, get finance and capitalise on sales and marketing. It's been a good year for Madge Networks -- the...
Massaging the Message? Should Only Selected Staff Be Allowed to Talk with the Press?
Managements everywhere these days recognise that good communications are good for business. All right, but who should be authorised to do the talking with the media, and about what? There's a potentially tricky balance to strike between open access on...
NCP Fights for Its Space
Think of Britain's best known corporate brands. NCP is not an appellation which springs immediately to mind -- along with, say, Tesco and BP. Yet the newly appointed chief executive of National Car Parks is a fervent believer in branding. Bob Mackenzie...
No Hiding Place
Corporate responsibility no longer shields culpable individuals In the past, when deaths occurred as a result of the gross negligence of individuals within companies, those individuals have been able to hide behind the wall of incorporation. Nowadays,...
On a North Wing and a Prayer
Michael Wade, chief executive of CLM Insurance Fund, plans to turn his derelict country house into an operatic Mecca. Hugh Pearman, the Sunday Times architecture and design critic joins him to tread its boards `The great thing about this place,' says...
Peter Greenall
Cafe bars, mega-pubs with video-wall technology, children's play barns -- is there no limit to what Greenalls' MD will do to attract the modern drinking public? asks Andrew Davidson. And this from someone whose background is the epitome of what used...
Read between the Lines: Employers Have to Watch What They Say in Job References
Why do recruiters bother with employer references? Seeking confirmation of the strengths of a favoured candidate may seem a pointless exercise. A good reference may indeed be just that; or it may be the duplicitous response of an employer seeking to...
Showtime for Carlton
`How long have you got?' Michael Green wants to know. What he is really saying is that he hasn't got all day to talk to journalists. Thirty minutes and several swigs of mineral water later -- he drinks straight from the bottle -- Green makes it clear...
Slipping Up En Route to the Top
Should managements rejoice or mourn over Niall Fitzgerald's promotion to the Unilever summit? He is labelled as the man who gave you Power - the off-colour detergent that handed the arch-enemy, Procter & Gamble, a sublime opportunity to savage its...
So What Gave Those Gallics Such Gall?
The French are often criticised as arrogant, obstinate chauvinists. Richard D Lewis offers an explanation: look to their sense of history, love of logic and skilful use of language The British visit France more than any other foreign country, they learn...
Strength Lies in the Differences
I want to see you in my office now,' yelled Alex across the room. Everyone looked up, startled at the outburst -- everyone, that is, except Lesley, who suddenly became very busy and tried to ignore the commotion. Why did the team leader always have to...
The Power of a Plug
In television, the appearance on the screen of any branded goods is in the hands of the programme makers, but in film, says Alan Mitchell, product placement is big business After it had spent a small fortune to get pop star Dave Stewart to write the...
The Secrets of Hypergrowth: The Business of Fast Growth
Through some companies grow more quickly than others, few meet the criteria for hypergrowth. But do those that double turnover every three years really provide a good model for the more sluggish? Of all the beasts in the corporate jungle, the most fascinating...
The Signals from HQ
Head office is there to house the top people but it can also say a lot about the company. So how will shrinking managements and improved communication systems affect future HQ size and location? Six months after the European Bank for Reconstruction...
Walk out Start Up
Why pay the owners of a business for skills that belong to individuals? Why not start your own company taking that expertise with you? Enterprising managers are doing just that. If your image of the typical business start-up is of a whiz kid in a garage...
What's It All about Stephen?
Everyone wants to know what Stephen Hinchliffe is up to. After a chequered history in the public arena, his private company has now acquired 800 high-street stores in less than 18 months -- and has yet to file its accounts. Stephen Hinchliffe is talking...
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