Developing the Business

This requires continual improvement to ensure profitability and competitive performance of the business, its processes, its speed of response and its ability to deliver cost-effective and timely outputs.


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Developing the Business

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Managing projects

A project is a unique, transient endeavour, undertaken to achieve planned objectives, which could be defined in terms of outputs, outcomes or benefits. A project is usually deemed to be a success if it achieves the objectives according to their acceptance criteria,...

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The Balanced Scorecard

Say goodbye to seat-of-the-pants performance: in their search for the Holy Grail of performance measurement, more and more companies are switching on to the model for measurement called the ‘balanced scorecard’. The Institute of Management Accountants found that...

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Understanding the Numbers

Two of the most useful sources of financial information are an organisation’s balance sheet and profit and loss account. In the understanding the numbers learning module we look at what each contains and how to analyse each one to gain valuable insight into an...

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Strategic Direction – Evaluating and Implementing Strategies

At the heart of a business strategy is the objective to secure a competitive advantage, by so doing the organisation (the firm) will survive, sustain its business and hopefully grow as as business. Different sectors will focus on external factors with the emphasis on the Porter model of competitive advantage. Others may look at the Resource Based View (RBV) of the firm – the internal capabilities as the prime determinant. Want to know more?

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Corporate Governance

Corporate governance involves the reconciliation of the interests of stakeholders. Attention has tended, historically, to be focused upon the role of shareholders and managers. However, stakeholders can also include editorial and production staff, customers,...

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Preparing a Business Plan

Beyond the ‘back of envelope’: This is usually associated with setting up new businesses, business plans now have an acknowledged use and place for new products, new projects, in fact any initiative that requires new investment. Yet often those who hold the purse...

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Shareholder Value

Aka moving the dot = the ultimate aim The aim This has been termed the ‘Growth and Profitability Framework’, the ‘move the dot’ methodology is designed: to manage performance for shareholder value by concentrating on opportunities for growth and profitability The...

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Benchmarking – a Load of Old Cobblers?

Some might say it is a load of old cobblers and how true, given that it was this trade that used a bench to mark out the shape of the customer’s foot. However, benchmarking can be a structured, analytical, logical process of measuring a company’s products/processes/service against accepted ‘best practice’.

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Learning modules

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The content is drawn from leading writers on management and other good source material. Most of them are about 15 -25 pages in length.

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Costs and costing
Preparing a business plan
Commercial awareness


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