Magazine article New Zealand Management

The Best of Top 200. (Editor's Letter)

Magazine article New Zealand Management

The Best of Top 200. (Editor's Letter)

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Twenty years ago Management magazine compiled its first list of New Zealand's top trading enterprises. It was only a Top 100 then. The detail and analysis provided was pretty thin compared with what we and our supporting sponsors Deloitte now deliver to our readers each year. In 1984 we began compiling the Top 200. This year we look back on what 20 years of consistent data collection tells us about the changing face of corporate New Zealand. We analysed the top 100 of our 200 companies to be consistent with our start point 20 years ago. What regular contributor Vicki Jayne describes in our cover story, is an intriguing profile of how much things have changed in 20 short and rapidly travelled years. The figures reveal, for example, the magnitude of the swing to offshore ownership, the trail of rationalisation, the move from pastoral to service-sector enterprise and the dramatic downsizing of staff numbers in our largest trading entities. Mark Story's commentary on this year's Top 200 figures and Vicki's analysis together paint an editorial picture packed with interesting insights into the trends and tribulations of life at the top of the corporate food chain.

Compiling this issue of Management and simultaneously managing the process that each year delivers the Deloitte/Management Top 200 Awards, including the NZIM Young Executive of the Year Award, is a testing exercise. Our researchers work with Deloitte to check the numbers and ensure a high level of accuracy and consistent interpretation of the criteria. …

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