April 3, 2013

Business mission heads to Indonesia

There are still a few places available to join the New Zealand trade mission to Indonesia in May.

New Zealand government agencies have been signalling for some time the opportunity for our country to forge closer business ties with Indonesia.

Forming South East Asia’s largest economy, Indonesia’s over 238 million people represent a huge emerging market on our doorstep.

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Call for entries: Young Executive of the Year Award

Business leaders have until June 5 to nominate outstanding young professionals in their organisation for one of New Zealand’s most prestigious management awards.

Now in its 19th year, the Young Executive of the Year Award identifies and celebrates New Zealand’s most talented up and coming executives. It celebrates their role in influencing, growing and providing strategy and direction in their organi

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Consumer confidence buoys job moves

Hiring intentions remain steady as rising consumer confidence translates into a more active candidate market. According to the latest Hudson employment trends report, employers remain on high alert to retain key talent. 

Hudson, which has just released its report for the second quarter of this year, says nearly two-thirds of employers (64.5%) nationally intend to keep staffing levels steady this quarter while 28.4% intend to emp

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Future thinking reveals “chasm of confidence”

When it comes to thinking about the future, senior executives are more positive about what will happen to themselves or their organisation than they are about possible developments at a national or global level.

According to LMA’s latest Leadership, Employment and Direction (L.E.A.D.) research, a major “chasm of confidence” about the future has opened up. 

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Kiwis lift their urge to merge

Kiwi companies have got back their zest for merger and acquisition deals. 

KPMG’s latest M&A Predictor survey shows New Zealand corporates are now “markedly” more confident about, and have a stronger appetite for, merger and acquisition deals.

KPMG NZ’s head of mergers and acquisitions Tony McNaught says this reflects the improving global environ

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Mega trouble or Mega opportunity?

Our political masters and much of the business establishment would have us believe that Dotcom and his colleagues are trouble we can do without. But there’s no denying the Mega team’s ability to build a global-scale online business in fast-forward time. 

Aside from the obvious issues of getting offside with the US and powerful entertainment industry lobby groups, is this a case of judging on style over substance? Starting in the April issue

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Networked enterprises face big decisions

The use of social tools and technologies has grown from limited experimentation at the edge of corporate practice to mainstream activity. 

But, according to McKinsey Global’s sixth annual survey on the business use of social media tools and technologies, after strong initial uptake, many companies find themselves at a crossroads. If they want to capture a new wave of benefits, they’ll need to change the ways they manage and organise themselves.

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SMEs keen on offshore M&As

Like their larger counterparts, NZ’s SMEs are also checking out overseas options to merge and acquire: or be acquired.

Research from the latest Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) shows more Kiwi companies are considering cross-border mergers and acquisitions as they look to build scale and gain access to new geographic markets.

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