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Some working propositions on human capital development

Some working propositions on human capital development This paper suggests some working propositions on human capital development and outcomes associated with it. These propositions are that: investing in the earliest human development stages must be top priority socio-economic status is … Continue reading

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Essays on Management: How will jobs and working life change in future?

More people in developed countries are tertiary-educated, however as the supply of any commodity grows its market value drops. So far expansion in educational output volumes has not been associated with huge productivity gains and cost savings in its delivery. … Continue reading

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Essays on Management: Measurement, systemisation and avoiding transaction costs

What you need to manage you should try to measure.  This measurement can be anything from consumption of photocopy paper, personnel costs as a percentage of total costs, economic added value, right through to higher level outcomes.  Measures should focus … Continue reading

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Essays on Management: Creating competitive advantage

Managing organisations means marshalling resources to deliver value to those external to the organisation and from this creating competitive advantage.  There is no standard formula for this.  Much business competitive advantage is akin to a Ricardian opportunity cost story.  Competitive … Continue reading

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Essays on Management: Managing people

Most organisations say people are their strongest resource, however many act as if employees need the organisation more than the other way round.  Managing individuals must first start with designing jobs for them. Rigid job descriptions inhibit team work while … Continue reading

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Essays on Management: Recognising poorly managed organisations

Like Tolstoy’s happy families, well-managed organisations are easy to recognise.  They are externally focused, parsimoniously run, harmonious, lacking histrionic drama and divisive inner conflict, with systematised operations and enough stretch to keep people growing.  They are open, honest and outward-looking, … Continue reading

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Essays on Management: Managing innovation

If we understand what innovation is, where it comes from, and the environment to support it, how can it be managed?  Managing innovation involves learning, envisaging, managing risk and fear, and implementing. As Alexander Pope said: A little learning is … Continue reading

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