New Zealand Management

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 6, July

Age Crisis: The Unplanned Economic Impact of Our Boomers and Blippers: New Zealand's Economy, like That of Other Developed Countries, Risks Being Swamped by a Wave of Demographic Change That Is Both Profound and Unstoppable-An Ageing Population and a Shrinking Birth-Rate. What Are the Workforce Implications-And Are We Prepared? (Cover Story)
Age--it's an unrelenting sort of process at an individual level. At a societal level, it has the mesmerising momentum of a slow-breaking wave. It's not as though we haven't seen it coming. The post-war birth bulge has been steadily advancing through...
Age Is Unrelenting. (Editor's Letter)
It is inevitable, I suppose, that someone of my vintage would view a Harvard Business Review headline like "The Young and the Clueless" with just a twinge of sympathy for the implication it contained. Would these clever young upstarts be exposed for...
Business a Big Yawn? (Upfront)
Apparently the "ideal New Zealand" doesn't do much business. In fact there's a whole bundle of us who admit to finding economic issues "quite boring". That's according to research carried out for Industry New Zealand, and based on a 1500-strong...
Coming Up
COMING UP July 2-4 Introduction to Management, NZIM House, Christchurch. Contact: NZIM, Christchurch 0-3-379 2302, register@managementsouth.co.nz July 7-10 Diploma in Training and Development, NZIM House, ...
Crisis, What Crisis? (Economics)
Perhaps it was a consequence of the campaign for electricity savings and householders' positive response. Kiwis who can be persuaded to save power to avoid winter blackouts presumably can be persuaded to save more for their old age too. Whatever...
De-Stressed or Distressed? the New Focus on Working Well: Monday May 5, 2003 Will Go Down in History as a Day to Remember in Employment Law. It Was the Day the Long-Debated Amendments to the Health & Safety in Employment Act Finally Came into Effect. Why Is This New Legislation So Important? (Health)
This year's amendments to New Zealand's health and safety leg islation include a number of changes designed to put an end to unnecessary injury, illness and death in the workplace, but one amendment in particular has grabbed employers' attention. ...
DiscovaCam Detects Secret Cameras. (Advertorial)
DiscovaCam Limited is a three-year old company located in Albany on Auckland's North Shore, specialising in equipment to detect hidden surveillance cameras. The proliferation of inexpensive miniature video cameras and the increased threat of terrorism...
Folklore and Facts. (Politics)
National goes to its conference this month a troubled party but with flickering glimmers of hope. Will it be a serious contender in the battle for power in 2005, as it was not in 2002? If so, is it rebuilding in a way that might win the war for...
George Hickton: Secrets of a Successful Itinerant Executive: In the Four Years since George Hickton Became Chief Executive of Tourism New Zealand, Overseas Visitor Numbers Have Climbed 20 Percent. but How Much Influence Has Hickton's Personal Management Style and Strategic Thinking Had on the Industry's Growth? (the Management Interview)
You might reasonably expect this chief executive to exhibit a few signs of stress. After all, the global tourism industry has not exactly been in cruise mode recently--war in the Middle East, airlines worldwide struggling to stay aloft, SARS--on the...
Is the Corporate Governance Debate out of Control? the Currently Over-Heated Debate about Corporate Governance Needs to Get Back to Basic Principles and to Its Roots. and These Principles Are Fundamentally to Do with Stewardship of Shareholders' Property. (Corporate Governance)
I am concerned about the way in which the debate on corporate governance has evolved. The subject has become a "monster" and one that has become difficult to control! It has attracted the interest of a range of groups--some of whom have a very poor...
Management/ERG: Australian Index. (Economic Indicators)
Industrial production data for the first quarter indicate that the Management-ERG Index of economic activity in Australia fell more sharply that we had previously shown. It has recovered slightly in April with increases in retail sales and new dwelling...
Management/ERG: New Zealand Index. (Economic Indicators)
The Management-ERG index of economic activity for New Zealand steadied in April following its sharp fall in March. Building permits for new dwellings fell in April but imports increased. The New Zealand Economic Activity Index is a weighted index...
Methanol Powered Portables. (Tech Nous)
Tosh, by gosh, has got it all figured out. What many believe to be the replacement for the lithium-ion battery was recently unveiled by Toshiba at the CeBit Expo in Germany. The Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) is technology that utilises methanol...
Money vs Wealth: Why GDP Is the Wrong Measure: A Measurement System That Counts Environmental Disaster as Economic "Progress" Merely Because It Involves Money Being Spent Is Helping to Undermine Society's Real Wealth. (Economics)
There is a law in the science of ecology that says if you try to optimise just one parameter in a diverse, complex ecological system, you'll eventually kill it. Yet that is exactly what is happening globally in the economic-political sphere. Here...
Positive Stress: 10 Ways to Turn It to Advantage: Whatever Else Happens in Our E-Commerce World, You Can Bank on the Certainty That 'Stress' Will Be a By-Product. So, Why Not Turn Stress to Account? (Mind Management)
The advice used to be 'refurbish' or 'strategise' this or that, or take a 'synergistic' approach to managing opportunities. These were the 'in' words of the past two decades. The latest one is 'stress.' Too many people, it seems, are experiencing this...
Reputation Restorer. (Backup)
The exploits of dishonest and overcompensated business leaders are protein-packed for a headline-hungry media. And, I suppose, recounting the stories satisfies a deep-seated human need to purge our sense of public outrage at exploitation, greed, abuse...
Ringside at ASTD: NZIM's CEO David Chapman Recently Joined 7000 Other Delegates at the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) International Conference in San Diego. He Reports from the Frontline. (Training and Development)
It's big and busy--but never boring. With 7000 delegates, nearly a third from offshore, and 300 workshop/seminar sessions packed into five days, the ASTD International Conference delivers a few choice dilemmas. As a delegate I had 18 opportunities...
Searching Sites. (on the Web)
According to New Zealand search engine marketing specialist First Rate, 46 percent of people discover new websites via search engines. That may not seem that impressive at first glance but it is when compared with the relatively paltry one percent...
Smart and Secure: In Today's Hostile Business World, Organisations Must Review Security Measures and Initiate Systems to Minimise Their Vulnerability. What Are the Priorities? (Business Security)
Those with mischief in mind have a widening range of ways to access a company s valuable and vulnerable intellectual assets--and stories abound of businesses that have fallen victim to such attacks. At the heart of an organisation's risk management...
Stressed to the Limit. (Health)
Workplace stress--haven't we all experienced it at times? Get-ting up on a cold, dark winter's morning to fight your way through the daily gridlock, sidling past other bleary-eyed commuters putting on lipstick, having a shave and maybe their first...
Talk at Work. (Upfront)
It's not what you say, but the way that you say it--and the most effective managers are those who can employ a wide range of communication styles. That's one of conclusions emerging from a six-year study of workplace talk that involved recording...
TaxiCharge Offers Benefits to Business. (Business Travel)
The days of manually processing multiple taxi accounts for business travellers are now over with the move to the unique TaxiCharge billing and reporting system. One of the major benefits of TaxiCharge is the ability to put all taxi travel within...
The Internet in Action: The Ballooning of E-Business Opportunities: If a Foray into E-Business Is on Your Agenda, You Should Know That While Some E-Business Avenues Have Evolved into Tree-Lined Super-Highways, Others Remain Pot-Holed Lanes. How Can Managers Tell the Difference? (E-Business)
E-business vendors, from commercial necessity, always position e-business technologies and models as "ready to roll". However, problems can occur if the model is not mature enough to deliver expected business benefit, the technologies need 'babysitting'...
The Radical Fringe: An Interview with Top Strategy Guru Gary Hamel. (Strategy)
Commentators call California-based management guru Gary Hamel the West's "most influential thinker on strategy". He advocates radical innovation in business, telling companies to continually reinvent themselves, and not just in times of crisis. His...
Three Fawlty Sisters
Globalization and its Discontents By: Joseph Stiglitz Publisher: Penguin Books Price: $27.95 "If it weren't for the guests I'd love the hotel business," or words to that effect were delivered by John Cleese, aka Basil Fawlty of television's...
Travel Right: Making the Most of Business Plans: The World Might Well Be, as the Travel Industry Promotes, "Getting Smaller" but Some of the Risks Associated with Traversing the Globe Haven't Shrunk at All in Recent Times
Travel right: making the most of business plans: the world might well be, as the travel industry promotes, "getting smaller" but some of the risks associated with traversing the globe haven't shrunk at all in recent times. Quite the reverse. With the...
Turnaround Talent on Tap. (Upfront)
It's easier to cure the ills afflicting corporate bodies before they end up in the emergency room--but typically it takes either imminent or actual receivership before the turnaround experts are called in. By then company health is so poor that...
Very Distant Cousins. (Opinion Leaders)
Three economic reports released recently glaringly highlighted the diverging differences in economic attitude, position and performance between Australia and New Zealand. The IMD World Competitiveness Survey--in which the New Zealand Institute of Management...
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