Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Time for Head Office Rethink

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Time for Head Office Rethink

Article excerpt

IF YOU ponder how fast the economies of Mackay and other regional northern cities grew in the first 120 years of their development, it is hard not to be impressed. The dynamism, innovation and business diversity that drives the development of a new major community was mostly derived from local family enterprises or partnerships and by employed managers with broad authority.

These groups were forced to deal with the other local businesses due to the more remote proximity of the north - and this had a compounding impact upon the development of a business community, with local decision makers dealing with other local decision makers.

At some stage in the last few years, a lot of this decision making became centralised, as major enterprises, with large Mackay-based workforces, based management in capital cities.

With a centralised decision maker, the attachment to locally based suppliers and contractors is eroded, despite the best written policies regarding "buying locally". …

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