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In the first of a series of articles dealing with new legislation and its effect on industry, Ewan Mitchell analyses the Government's Counter Inflation measures. Apart from being able to pass on unavoidable cost increases to the consumer, Mitchell concludes that some companies may well get round...
Experience at Harvard Business School taught Paul Rudder that the best way to run a group as diverse as Charterhouse Industries was to give top management a dual role. Chairmen of the individual divisions are all members of the main board. So they must not only promote their own particular...
With flexible working hours gaining acceptance among British companies, Keith Mayes takes a look at working habits in the US. There, the trend is towards a fourday week, which supporters claim increases output and cuts absenteeism. As Mayes notes, it is more costly to lose a quarter of one's pay...
The takeover moves by TACEthe printingtocrane safety engineering group represent a comeback for a onetime City star, Jock Mackenzie. But the man largely responsible for TACE's expansion is Simon Hunt, a 29yearold exfactory foreman, whose management philosophy is one of mild intervention.
Fraud is the fastest growth industry in the UK, according to one security consultant and there are fears that YAT will aggravate the menace. Catching the swindlers is no easy task, says one Fraud Squad member, when so many companies are willing to close their eyes to so much. Report by Leslie...
The threat of largescale redundancy in Britain's shipyards this summer has been averted by a spate of multimillion pound orders. But this unexpected boost provides the industry with little more than breathing space, reports Roger Eglin. Further modernization of yards is urgently needed to combat...
THE GOVERNMENT IS planning to issue a little red book to the trade union stalwarts who man the picket lines in Britain's often bitter industrial disputes, telling them what they can and cannot do without breaking the law.
Without wanting to appear flippant, the recent moves to draw up codes of corporate and individual conduct in industry remind one of New Year resolutions. They begin with the best of intentions, but most are quietly cast aside because of daytoday pressures, lapsing willpower and plain lack of...
Behind that old joke about making fire by rubbing two boy scouts together lies a fundamental fact that man has used ever since the Stone Age Friction produces heat. Rub virtually any two solid materials against each other, and frictional heat will be generated where the surfaces meet.
Industry's euphoria over North Sea oil is not shared by the conservationists, who fear damage to wildlife and the coastline of NE Scotland. And many of the Shetland islanders view the oil boom as a threat to their traditional way of life. But there are encouraging signs of a workable compromise...
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