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    1. July 29, 2014

      Time for business to experiment with wearables

      From digital wrist bands and smart watches to intelligent skin patches and head-mounted displays, this is the year of...

    2. 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...

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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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      Innovation and commercialisation of research are key to future-proofing economic growt...
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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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....

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. June 14, 2013

      Social intelligence

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

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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?...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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....

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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