Highs and Lows of 2011

Working on Business in Focus, one hears such a wide variety of views from so many sectors of industry and activity across this vast country. In 2011, we talked to importers and exporters, retailers and manufacturers, of crop sprayers and crabs, sailing boats and sandstone, unbreakable computers, broken computers, the biggest port and the smallest, miners and bridge builders – among many more. All were experts in their field, most were amusing, some were nonchalant and others enthusiastic. But they all have one thing in common: they are successful at what they do.

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The Changing Face of Fashion Retail

Shopping – some people can’t get enough while others can’t get out the door fast enough. No matter if you find a day at the shops boring, thrilling, frustrating or fun, there is no denying that the retail sector is an important part of the Australian and indeed the world economy. Stimulating the retail sector through payments made to the Australian people was an important part of narrowly avoiding economic meltdown during the global financial crisis.

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Why Australia Remains an S&P ‘AAA’ Nation

Although 2011 is by no means over, the biggest financial story of the year will undoubtedly be the downgrade of the United States by financial services institution Standard & Poor’s. News of the S&P downgrade of the U.S. from the coveted AAA rating to AA+ in early August sent world stock markets reeling as efforts to maintain the AAA rating failed.

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Making Sense of Management

Management is the art, or science, of getting things done through people. Sounds fairly straightforward – except for the fact that people are not robots waiting to do our bidding. People have their own minds, motivations, and goals. So how do managers keep operations – and the people behind them – running as planned?

December 16, 2017, 6:45 AM AEDT

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