2011 Big Four Performance Analysis – January 2012

2009 and 2010 were tough years for the Big Four accounting firms: Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young (E&Y), KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), with performance largely affected by the global economic crisis. 2009 combined revenue fell by 7% from 2008, but stabilized in 2010 as revenue increased 1.4% to $95 billion from $94 billion in […]

2011 CEO Survey – Investment in New Technologies – AIGroup January 2012

This report explores business investment in new technologies. It is based on a survey of 540 Chief Executive Officers of Australian businesses in the manufacturing, services and construction sectors. The survey focused on business investment in new technologies over the past three years; on business use of R&D tax incentives and on expectations about the […]

High Performing Workplaces – SKE UNSW DEEWR October 2011

This research report aims to open up the ‘black box’ of management and provides insights into the leadership, culture and management practices that high performing workplaces deploy and benefit from. It also illustrates the productivity and profitability benefits that accrue to higher performing workplaces. It is part of a 2.5 year project funded by the […]

Creative Industries - A Strategy for 21st Century - DIISR September 2011

Creative Industries – A Strategy for 21st Century – DIISR September 2011

Creative Industries, a Strategy for 21st Century Australia recognises for the first time, at a national level, the significant contribution of our creative industries and their ongoing importance to our economy and culture. Achieving a competitive creative industries sector is vital to Australia’s prosperity, propelling a creative, imaginative nation in the 21st century. Creative Industries […]

Australian Government Programs and Incentives – ICT Industry August 2011

This guide provides a summary of Australian Government assistance programs that are available to the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Industry. It has information about a range of Australian Government programs which can help you to create, innovate, grow and compete globally. There are five sections: Creating innovative ICT solutions, products and services Getting advice, […]

Productivity – The Lost Decade – Grattan Eslake Discussion Paper

16th Aug 2011. Although Australia’s economic performance during the 2000s has been impressive on many dimensions, especially by comparison with that of other ‘advanced’ economies, productivity is not among them. Australia’s productivity performance over the past decade has been, to put it mildly, poor − both by Australia’s own historical standards, and by contemporary international […]

Cloud and the Future of Business: From Costs to Innovation

During 2010 and 2011, academics from The Outsourcing Unit, Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science wrote a series of reports on the key features of cloud computing and its likely short and long term developmental trends. Over 1000 business and IT executives were surveyed, representing cloud providers, system integrators […]

Moving towards a Digital Economy: The Development of ICT and E-Commerce in Malaysia

This paper highlights the potential growth of ICT and the development of E-commerce in Malaysia. Malaysia is experiencing increased rates of internet usage, online spending and a rapid uptake of new technologies, all of which are driving the development of e-commerce. In recent years the Malaysian government has undertaken initiatives to development ICT infrastructure and […]

Hawker Britton Report on the rollout of Australia’s NBN

The NBN is a significant initiative undertaken by the Australian Federal Government in partnership with the private sector. It represents an historic investment in Australia’s infrastructure. This paper provides a good background into the progress of Australia’s NBN – from its annoucement in April 2009, to the publication of the paper in early 2011. Included […]

Australia’s Productivity Challenge – Grattan Institute February 2011

Productivity is what a workplace, a business or government agency, an industry, a region or a nation ‘gets’ by way of goods and services for what it ‘puts in’, in terms of labour, capital and other factors of production. Economists (and others) have long recognized that productivity growth is the only sustainable source of improvements […]