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Stories by Kate Mills

A glass act

Deloitte has placed its flag in the sand. The firm recently won the
Australian federal government's Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace

Written by Kate Mills22 Jan. 09 22:00

Shifting burdens

Information technology has a huge role to play in bringing about a
more sustainable world - not only in large-scale technological

Written by Kate Mills16 Nov. 08 22:00

Snack attack

Busy managers climbing on board Qantas A380 planes this month will find there is no excuse for not being clued up when they disembark at their destination. The airline is about to install an online learning tool: access to the recently launchedDeloitte Leadership Academy in all its television screens.
The managing partner at the academy,Tom Richardson, says Qantas' adoption of the e-learning package is a sign of how much education is changing. "The terminology is about a shift towards snack learning," he says, referring to busy executives who want to make the best use of their time. "It doesn't mean traditional long-term programs will be replaced; rather [they will be] supplemented by snack learning."

Written by Kate Mills12 Oct. 08 22:00

Creating fresh control cultures

The pressure is on the finance team. As the costs of basic components such as oil and food continue to spiral up the production chain, just about every industry is under increased pressure to keep profits up. For the front line that means increasing sales. But for the back office it is all about keeping costs under control - a discipline that falls firmly into the chief financial officer's realm.
In an era of higher commodity prices, companies are revisiting their approach to budget control. Cost cutting in the past was often reactive - bad profit results produced the shears - now companies are making cost-cutting a part of their cultures and a constant exercise.

Written by Kate Mills17 July 08 22:00