Revamped Vic Gov Investment tools

The Victorian Department of Treasury & Finance has moved all investment lifecycle, gateway and investment management standard guidelines, tools, templates under the one roof:  Their Investment Professional’s Toolkit is located at This is a very valuable site and is being

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Evaluating major government programs

See the Benefits Institute’s post on the factors impacting a more results-driven approach by governments or read the article in the July/August edition of The Atlantic

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Lowy Poll

We have just had the results of the annual Lowy institute poll. The 2013 Lowy Institute Poll is a nationally representative survey of 1,002 Australian adults conducted by telephone from 4 to 20 March 2013. Really, how valuable is this

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Is manufacturing dead?

Why do some companies succeed and others fail? While Ford is closing, Kimberley Clark Australia is performing at a global level. It’s too easy to say manufacturing is in trouble. Success depends on effective strategy and business models, an innovative/adaptive

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Optimising social responsibility programmes

Recent reports based on a University of Melbourne study that mining company investment is damaging local communities are selective in the use they have made of the study findings.  Nevertheless, the big companies involved have been throwing money at communities

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Delusion or Distortion? (Validating benefits)

Interesting story on Lateline Business last night with a piece on BrisConnections, the tollway operator now moving into voluntary administration. The story makes a strong case for the need to validate business cases. Over confidence, confirmation bias, anchoring – just to name a few cognitive

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CEOs Beware

The replacement of  Tom Albanese follows a shift in investor sentiment towards companies with disciplined capital management principles, something that Rio Tinto and BHP have been grilled over in recent years. [In a recent memo to staff] Walsh made it

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The Hidden Costs of Outsourcing

“About 60 percent of the companies that offshored manufacturing didn’t really do the maths. They looked only at the labour rate – they didn’t look at the hidden costs” – Harry Moser of Reshoring Initiatives What were some of the

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Benefits, Planning and Projects in History

Proving project management is truly an old undertaking and that planning is always necessary I was interested to read an extract in the book Scotland The Autobiography (Edited by Rosemary Goring – Published by the Penguin Group 2007). The book

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Leveraging Benefits

The first commercial flight to the International Space Station and the Mars Rover landing – these kinds of accomplishments always have applications far beyond the projects themselves.  Felix Baumgartner, December 2012

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