Welcome to the new-look site. The new one aims to be more consistent and stable as well as easier on the eye than in the past. Pages should also be easier to read on smartphones and smaller screens from now on.
The whole archive has been transferred to the new site – more than 500 articles going back 20 years and more. We hope to classify the archive by subject in due course and from time-to-time will be making reading lists or collections around particular topics. In the meanwhile, please use the search box (which appears at the top of every page) which, we hope, will lead you to anything you’re looking for.
As ever, thank you for your loyalty, most of you over many years. Don’t hesitate to let me know any issues – and all suggestions welcome!
P&O Ferries are an apt representation of UK capitalism under Johnson’s Tories: disreputable, corner-cutting and protected from the consequences of its actions by sailing under a flag of convenience
Women have left strikingly little mark on the theory and practice of management we have inherited from the past. That needs to change for a post-Covid, post-industrial, post carbon planet
The growth of Russian influence in the UK is not just a political story: it is enabled by a sophisticated business ecosystem ranging from professional services to advertising and marketing that is now part of the UK’s business model
Read my article first published in the Financial Times on 21 April 2022 here
Don’t write off the conglomerate. While the dismemberment of GE marks the end of one era, the rise of private equity and the giant tech platforms signals the birth of another. When managed well, the congl0merate form is as potent as ever.
The ‘beer game’ meets Covid-19: why the world’s supply chains are more stretched than they have been for many years
The consequences of Brexit are finally becoming apparent. Sadly, worthy though the ambition is, transformation of the UK into a high-wage, high-skills economy is unlikely to be one of them
The present labour shortages have disturbingly deep roots. Don’t expect easy solutions
The ‘pension fund socialism’ predicted by Peter Drucker 50 years ago never happened. But more modest proposals for ‘citizen capital’ now doing the rounds look promising – if anyone dares to do it