The failures of the Coop provide insights into common management problems in not for profit institutions – including Oxford University.
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07 May 2014
The history of ICI and the British pharmaceutical industry may provide some pointers to show how shareholders and policymakers should react to Pfizer’s bid for Astra Zeneca.
19 March 2014, Financial Times
The test of an organisational structure is not how it handles success but how it copes when things go wrong.
30 October 2013, Financial Times
British technological failures have been compounded by a political phenomenon I have come to think of as “great leap forward syndrome”. The idea is that the best way to compensate for stumbles and missteps is to move, at one bound, ahead of the field.
05 June 2013, Financial Times
British law might have said that the duty of directors is simply to promote the interests of the company’s members. But it doesn’t – and that is no accident.
17 October 2012, Financial Times
Commercial decisions often reflect policy-based evidence, not evidence-based policy. Doing the deal is what matters; justification comes afterwards.
19 September 2012, Financial Times
Effective banking reform should aim at structures, not at intensified supervision. Resilient systems are simple ones.
22 August 2012, Financial Times
The argument that we need the best and latest is powerful in political decision making, even among people who would never behave that way in their everyday lives.
04 July 2012, Financial Times
Casinos attract greedy people with deficient ethics: the fear this engenders frames regulation, the obligations we impose on executives and the culture we expect from operating companies. Perhaps banks should operate to standards as high as those of casinos.
13 July 2011, Financial Times
By the time Stephen Byers could slip from one cabinet post to another without taking responsibility for any of the blunders that seemed to happen wherever he was in charge, ministerial accountability had been replaced by T.S. Eliot’s cat: “When a crime’s discovered, then Macavity’s not there.”
14 January 2011, Scottish Affairs
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