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Inflation tracker launched

A state-of-the-art tool to measure national inflation levels has been launched by two Massey academics. The Inflation Tracker is the brainchild of Professor Christoph Schumacher from the School of Economics

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Aligning corporate strategy with financial targets

Whether managing a SME or a large corporation, business success naturally flows from investing in the right growth opportunities to build shareholder value. Strategy is fundamental to maximising value, and businesses must develop a meaningful strategic framework. 

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Historic drop

Local authorities’ spending on core services (operating expenditure) declined from $8.5 billion to $8.3 billion in the year to June 2013. 

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Fraud’s five lessons

Organisations worldwide lose around five percent of their annual revenues to occupational fraud. Apply that to the world’s 2013 Gross Product figures and that translates to a potential total fraud of more than $4 trillion. 

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Bangs for bucks

And the Government has asked The Productivity Commission to investigate ways to improve our public services given it has just completed an inquiry into boosting productivity in the nation’s market-provided services sector. 

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Me too CEOs

And while on topic of generosity, CEOs are getting even bigger pay cheques according to a new report by the US-based Economic Policy Institute. But ah, there’s another trend accompanying this totally unsurprising revelation: CEO pay is rising even relative to compensation for the top 0.1 percent of America’s earners.

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Wages rising?

Recruitment consultancy Robert Walters says half of 650 hiring managers they surveyed across the country plan to increase wages in the next six months. Of the other 50 percent, 49 are picking no change and one percent plan to decrease wages. The range of industries surveyed included fast-moving consumer goods, IT, media and professional services.

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CEO cyber generals

Chief executives should lead their organisational cybersecurity programmes. CEOs and senior managers must step up to the front line in the battle against cyber-attacks, according to a new report from global consultancy, McKinsey and Company.

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10 change principles

Despite the millions, sometimes billions, of dollars spent on change management programmes, most fail.
The success rate of major change initiatives is just 54 percent according to a 2013 Strategy&/Katzenbach Centre survey of global senior executives on culture and change management.

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Ethical banker?

And for a tad more on this topic take a look at what the Governor of the Bank of England, yes that’s right a banker, said recently on the threat posed to capitalism if ethics vanish.

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High flying prices

The Productivity Commission has released a new report comparing consumer prices in New Zealand with those overseas. The report, by Victoria University’s professor Norman Gemmell, confirms what most Kiwis already know – that we’re a high prices nation.

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Four year politics

A four-year political term might benefit New Zealand’s small and medium size enterprises, according to new pre-election research by Massey University finance lecturer Dr Chris Malone.

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Our productivity paradox

New Zealand managers must lift their game to garner productivity gains from new technologies, according to an OECD study released by the New Zealand Productivity Commission this month.

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Banks & banana skins

New Zealand and Australian banks are worried about regulation, pricing risk, political interference, Australasia’s economic environment and their own sales and business practices according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers global report entitled Banking Banana Skins 2014.

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