Business Focus (business + focus)

Distribution by Scientific Domains


Selected Abstracts


A small business perspective on regulation in the UK

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, Issue 2 2001
Ian Fletcher
Despite 15 years of initiatives the issue of regulation remains near the top of the business agenda. This article explores the history of the issue, the drivers of government regulation, the success and failure of previous initiatives, research on the impact of regulation, the current scene and areas where there is scope for improvement. The slant is on small businesses and the need to bring more of a small business focus to policy-making. [source]


The Role of Change Management in Establishing a Shared Services Business Model at Air Products and Chemicals

GLOBAL BUSINESS AND ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE, Issue 2 2001
Thomas L. Legare
Under a shared services strategy, staff functions operate as an internal market-place for their own services, with a business focus of service to customers. When Air Products and Chemicals' Controllership recognized the cost and effectiveness advantages to following this model, it began a transformation process that altered the human as well as the functional dynamics in the company. Its ultimate success resulted from the depth of its effort to implement change. © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. [source]


The Impact of European Works Councils on Management Decision-Making in UK and US-based Multinationals: A Case Study Comparison

BRITISH JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, Issue 2 2004
Paul Marginson
The operation of European Works Councils (EWCs) is taking management and employee representatives in MNCs into uncharted territory. In particular, for companies headquartered in Anglo-Saxon economies there is little domestic tradition of statutory employee consultation. Drawing on comparative case studies, this article investigates the impact of EWCs on the process and outcomes of corporate-level management decision-making in UK and US-based MNCs. Variation in EWC impact arises from the interaction of structural factors, such as business focus, management organisation and pre-existing industrial relations arrangements, and agency factors, including management policy and the cohesion of employee representatives. [source]


Collaborative energy partnerships in relation to development of core business focus and competence , a study of Swedish pulp and paper companies and energy service companies

BUSINESS STRATEGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, Issue 2 2004
Kenneth Möllersten
Several aspects of the growing market for energy-related collaboration between pulp and paper industries (PPIs) and energy service companies (ESCOs) in Sweden were investigated through in-depth interviews with PPI and ESCO managers. Aspects of concern are the different forms of co-operation established, the managers' views on the recent changes made regarding competence and business focus, the managers' views on the opportunities and risks with energy related co-operation and the implications for sustainable industrial energy management. The study shows that there is a mutual belief among PPI and ESCO managers that co-operation can provide opportunities for improved competitiveness through a more rational distribution of competences between companies. The main two barriers against the utilization of this potential are that ESCOs must prove that they can bring added values other than capital to pulp and paper mills, and the lack of competition between external energy service providers. Furthermore, we argue that adding aspects related to competence and inter-firm partnering can improve the existing theory surrounding barriers and opportunities for sustainable industrial energy management in manufacturing industries. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment. [source]