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David with Goliath: getting the best out of imbalanced supplier-customer partnerships

Suppliers and customers with contrasting characteristics entering a partnership are faced with a dilemma – putting their individual financial needs first or prioritising the smooth running of the collaboration over profit...

Just in it for the money?, how to devise an effective incentive strategy

When a project, service or product is a success, how do you keep all those involved happy? It is only human nature to want to be rewarded in the workplace, but what form should this reward take? Some incentives will have a short-term "booster" effect (for the employee in particular) whilst others may prove to be longer-term drivers for continued success for the firm...

Software Development Risk – the key to matching IT process management with the final product?

No-one is under any illusions as to the level of technical progress made in IT in recent years. Looking in from the outside, software development appears to be not only a lucrative business but also offer a money-spinning, stable career...

Why Play Safe if You Can Take a Risk and Manage it?

It is close to impossible for any firm to reduce risk to zero, so knowing how and why to manage it in advance is crucial. The factors which determine why firms invest valuable time and money in enterprise risk management, be they ailing structures in need of a boost or flourishing firms wishing to plan ahead for the challenges that growth presents? Any firm embarking on the process of implementing enterprise risk management (or "ERM") practices is faced with a choice - the cost of such a procedure may not be welcomed by all but, on the other hand, integrating an internal control framework may reap considerable benefits in the long run...