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Bimonthly journal publishing scholarly articles written by business management professionals.

Articles from January/February

Advancing the Adoption of 'Lean' in Canadian Smes
It is not a crisis - at least not yet - but numerous Canadian SMEs need to get with the lean program before it's too late. The authors visited 18 firms and though they found that lean practices were wanting, they were able to turn their findings into...
Best Practices in the Supply Chain: Three Levers That Ring Up Solid Bottom-Line Improvements
In recent years, many companies have been focusing on achieving productivity gains in their internal operations. Most have improved internal processes, reduced overheads and eliminated redundant activities. With TQM, Six Sigma and other related methodologies,...
Deals Done Right
It may seem rather simplistic, even glib, but the phrase "Buy Smart" separates the good dealmakers from the bad. Smart M&A executives replicate certain tactics and behaviors in deal after deal, following four key principles that help them avoid buyer's...
Engagement Is at the Heart of a Successful M&a
In my experience with global mergers (Guinness and GrandMet, and Cadbury Schweppes and Adams Inc), creating stable working environments and certainty about the immediate future is critical to re-establishing commitment. Looking at the increasing M&A...
Globalization Restricted: The Canadian Financial System and Public Policy
"Canadian banks hit record results," announced a headline in a recent issue of the Financial Times. For many people in the banking industry, these results probably came as no big surprise. For much of the 20th century, Canada's Big 5 banks were ranked...
M&a Due Diligence in the New Age of Corporate Governance
Due diligence cannot always be perfect. However, from a legal perspective, the point is to make a good faith effort to conduct due diligence, within the limits of time and funding, and in consideration of what matters most-the long-term financial health...
Merger Synergies through Workforce Reduction
Many mergers and acquisitions are undertaken with the promise of significant cost savings through workforce reduction. However, the issue of whether the projected synergies are achievable is often left for integration teams to tackle. Companies could...
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