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  1. January 29, 2014

    If I was... making the case for ‘social intelligence’ in managing talent

    Nathan Sage is a social intelligence expert at PA Consulting Group and here puts himself in the position of someone having...

  2. January 6, 2014

    Zappos and the collapse of corporate hierarchies

    You come back from holiday to find your chief executive has given up power to a central constitution. Your team has been...

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  1. Employers: Global Best Practice

    Good values go round the world but some HR policies can get lost in translation; with ...
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  1. December 22, 2013

    Jon Moynihan, the consummate consultant

    Hunt for long enough on the web and you will find a picture of Jon Moynihan taken at Royal Ascot this summer, wearing top...

  2. November 22, 2013

    A lack of succession planning is bad for business

    Graveyards are full of indispensable people, it has been said. Life must go on, even after the irreplaceable have departed....

  3. November 20, 2013

    Agius takes first boardroom role after Barclays resignation

    Marcus Agius is to become chairman of employee-owned PA Consulting – his first role since stepping down as chairman of...

  4. October 17, 2013

    Jobless bankers left behind by changing demand for skills

    The global banking sector has seen tens of thousands of redundancies since the start of the downturn. But does this mean...

  5. October 7, 2013

    Scottish engineering innovation leads global oil industry

    The North Sea presents oil producers with some of their biggest challenges. Aside from conditions on the surface – churning...

  6. October 1, 2013

    Business traveller: The US shutdown

    With the political impasse in Washington forcing the federal government to shut down many of its services on Monday, should...

  7. September 20, 2013

    Logic of outsourcing can be hard to resist

    For every complicated problem, the journalist HL Mencken said, there is a solution that is neat, plausible, and wrong. When...

  8. June 14, 2013

    Social intelligence

    Many people might think that social media constitute little more than a cacophonic background commentary on modern life. But...

  9. June 5, 2013

    English regions suffer decline in foreign direct investment

    London remained the UK’s inward investment powerhouse in 2012, attracting 45 per cent of total projects, according to Ernst...

  10. April 11, 2013

    Employers: Bosses expected to master HR skills

    A senior leader with the UK’s National Health Service once told Lesley Uren, a talent management expert at PA Consulting...

  11. April 9, 2013

    Tablets can cause corporate headaches

    Spurred by employee enthusiasm, or seduced by technological innovation, some companies have splashed out on tablets for...

  12. March 26, 2013

    Information services: Better accounting systems offer richer forecasting resources

    When businesses first started to invest in information technology in the 1950s and 1960s, the finance director was usually...

  13. March 26, 2013

    Finance functions: Broader view required on when to outsource

    While many chief financial officers and finance directors have begun to take a more sophisticated approach to outsourcing...

  14. March 13, 2013

    Networking finds a new connection

    Networking remains essential to career progression but it is evolving from canapes and the random exchange of business cards...

  15. December 14, 2012

    OU leads universities into online venture

    British university professors will soon start teaching virtual classes of hundreds of thousands of students around the world...

  16. November 21, 2012

    Do qualifications matter more than experience?

    THE PROBLEM After Tim Davie was named acting director-general of the BBC, there was some grumbling about his lack of a...

  17. November 8, 2012

    Business integration: time to get tough when companies merge

    The announcement of the merger or integration of two companies usually has an immediate and unsettling impact on their...

  18. September 25, 2012

    Networking sites: Pay attention to who is using social media

    Facebook claimed 995m active users, as of June 2012. Twitter has about 500m users, and YouTube, owned by Google, says it has...

  19. September 5, 2012

    When is an outsider right for a family business?

    THE PROBLEM Last week, the Ricard family said it would resume executive control of Pernod Ricard when the CEO, the only...

  20. August 30, 2012

    Echoes of London Met’s last crisis

    The UK Border Agency’s decision to revoke London Metropolitan University’s status as a “highly trusted sponsor” for visas...

  21. July 12, 2012

    Business and hobby follow separate paths

    Colleagues should not be too surprised if Jonathan Cooper-Bagnall were to break out into song every now and again, his fine...

  22. April 12, 2012

    Employers urged to think twice before cutting staff

    How can a company adapt its employee strategy to withstand an uncertain economic climate?...

  23. March 11, 2012

    Heads claim college system is ‘obsolete’

    The further education college system is “obsolete” because it fails to equip students for the modern workplace, a group of...

  24. February 24, 2012

    Perspectives: A new internet protocol

    Recent research across three continents – the Americas, Europe and Asia – and involving some 216 senior executives reveals...

  25. December 6, 2011

    Energy costs: Now top priority

    The change in approach has been swift. “Energy costs are now the number one priority for data centre operators,” says Brian...

  26. December 6, 2011

    Budgets: Business wants to keep a hand on the tap

    Information technology spending might have weathered the recent economic travails, but a recovery is far from certain....

  27. December 5, 2011

    Sluggish corporate response to slump criticised

    Companies in Europe and the US are poorly prepared for a fresh economic crisis and risk repeating mistakes they made in the...

  28. November 16, 2011

    Pro bono: ‘We didn’t want to just turn up with an army of people to paint something’

    When Thomas Sheppard, an IBM global business services consultant, worked with the city of St Louis, Missouri to design...

  29. November 16, 2011

    Financial services: crisis brings opportunities to grow and add value

    Not every storm produces a rainbow, but for consultants the crock of gold created by the financial tempest continues to...

  30. October 28, 2011

    Case study: How meter maker designed the ‘Pebble’

    Any product developed today for the energy industry has to be environmentally efficient – all the more so, when it is a...

  31. October 28, 2011

    Corporate R&D: Big groups struggle to bring ideas to fruition

    While the individuals behind innovative green technologies are often entrepreneurs or scientists, large corporations are...

  32. October 5, 2011

    ‘Companies must treat knowledge workers as assets’

    Jordan Cohen is a knowledge worker productivity specialist at PA Consulting Group What is knowledge work? Knowledge workers...

  33. August 14, 2011

    Doubts cast on FSA’s pay code for banks

    Only one in three bank executives based in London believes that the Financial Service Authority’s tough new pay code will...

  34. June 22, 2011

    Financial inclusion: Banks and clients must learn from each other

    Financial inclusion has a big role to play in relieving poverty and increasing general economic prosperity. Yet the majority...

  35. June 22, 2011

    Profile: Shahid Amin

    Making the transition from conventional to Islamic banking was a challenge Shahid Amin welcomed, writes Lucy Fielder. “As an...

  36. May 17, 2011

    Performance management: five priorities for designing a system that aligns with IT

    No matter what measure you use, IT is fundamental to modern “lean” manufacturing. Conventionally five “golden” metrics are...

  37. April 21, 2011

    Firm launches biggest ever recruitment drive

    With talk of consulting firms recruiting tens of thousands over the next few years, PA Consulting Group’s target of a modest...

  38. April 20, 2011

    ‘Up or out’ is part of industry culture

    Up or out, the policy of requiring employees to race up the promotion ladder or face being eased out, is commonly regarded...

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