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Articles from December

A Chance to Recover While the Inflation Dragon Is Subdued?
Inflation, as everyone knows, is never beaten. Rather, it can be subdued for a while before it regroups and comes back with a vengeance. This has been the pattern of recent years. In the mid- 1980s, for example, the collapse in world oil prices led...
Away Games for Bankers
Complaints from businessmen that their bankers don't understand them are almost as common as the equivalent lament from husbands about their wives. But while one seldom hears of wives doing much to correct this regrettable failing, the better banks...
Dark Days at the Top
British industry is in a distinctly favourable position vis-a-vis its two principal by Germany's Kiel University. In this year's list of the top European companies emerge are not good, with the score of almost every organisation deteriorating rivals,...
Festivities Franchise Faces Crisis
It was the night before Christmas. Snow had fallen -- unfortunately most of it had been melted into brown slush by the exhausts and the tyres of company cars. Even more unfortunately most of that had then refreezed into deadly black ice. |They don't...
Hospital's Computer Cost Cure
Hospital managers face stark choices when they have to decide on their IT spending: should they upgrade the mainframe or buy a kidney dialysis machine? Resources are always tight in the health sector and there are plenty of life-saving ways to spend...
Housekeeping?
Britain's grocery bill this year will be somewhere in the region of 57[pounds] billion. Almost two-fifths of this now passes through the tills and checkouts of just three companies, Sainsbury, Tesco and Argyll (the parent of Safeway and Presto), which,...
Let the EC Buyer Beware
If you buy a washing machine or a toaster anywhere in the European Community these days, you can be reasonably sure that your purchase will meet more or less the same set of specifications. When the brochure says (in whatever language) that it will...
Peter Job
Reuters' chief executive has escaped the kind of publicity the organization subjects others to. Hashi Syedain supplies some data for its Textline service Enter the name Peter job into the Reuters Textline database and you will come up with a string...
Slow March of the Mobiles
A few years ago, when yuppies were the only people with mobile phones, journalists took to describing them, with no great originality, as |the latest fashion accessory'. They may, for once, have been more prescient than they realised. One of the last...
Superstores Blues
Managing change is concentrating the minds of those who labour in the industrial vineyards, and it is earning a lot of money for the gurus who think they knowhow to do it. No one doubts that change there has been and that more there will be. The word...
Survival Skills for a New Breed
Karen Clarke, the winner of the IM's annual essay competition, outlines three roles which the manager of the nature will have to master The manager as we know him or her -- decision-maker, expert, boss, director -- is extinct. This is what many...
The Gamble That Gave Cider a Rosier Future
Only a handful of British companies succeeded in both surviving and prospering throughout the dark days of the recent recession. Of those which have reported increased profits every year between 1990 and 1993, most are fairly predictable -- several...
The Heart of Gold
Deep in leafiest Surrey a resolutely coiffed woman picks up a Royal Doulton teapot, looks you meaningfully in the eye and opens her mouth to speak. You are mentally rehearsing the expected response, |Just milk, please', when the woman in question casually...
The Road Block That Leads to the Treasury
In the early 1980s the Chartered Institute of Transport staged a day-long seminar on the role private capital could play in financing infrastructure development. One of the early speakers, a transport minister, painted an encouraging picture. The Government...
When There's Room at the Top
The spate of axed chief executives, and their replacement by outsiders, could readily look like a major trend. If so, not only may heads that wear the crown lie uneasily, so should those of others whose promotion to leading roles may never materialise...
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