Last Updated : 16-04-2014 21:10



What can female entrepreneurs rejoice about?

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It seems much. According to the Gender Global Entrepreneurship Development Index, the conditions that foster high potential female entrepreneurship are three-fold - encouraging an entrepreneurial environment, entrepreneurial eco-system and entrepreneurial aspirations.
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Unresolved sustainability issues in global tea sector

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Although the subject of sustainability in tea plantations had been discussed on many occasions before, yet in view of its importance to the tea sector and also as many issues still remain unresolved, this article re-examines this subject.
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Responsibility grid - Integrating re-engineering with total quality

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One of the most sacred tenets of management is the need for clear accountability. As such, organisations spend enormous amounts of time and energy defining jobs, roles, and goals — and then figure out who to reward or penalize when things go well or poorly.
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Are you interested in investing in an IPO?

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The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) witnessed an increase in Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) since the beginning of the year as a result of the incentives given by the budget for the year 2014 and the prudent measures taken by market stakeholders.
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Are you trapped in a toxic career environment?

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In today’s world, filled with stress, ambition and ruthless pursuit of career goals, environments and people can turn toxic without much notice. The toxicity generated can have a deadly effect on others, especially those caught by surprise. When environments do turn toxic, it is usually due to a few or a group of......
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UNHRC: Measuring consequences and implications

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Last year Verité Insights examined the trading relationship between Sri Lanka and the countries that had voted for and against the UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka both in 2012 and 2013. The findings were important.
Views: 1975

Performance of global rubber in 2013 and outlook

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A recent report released (March) by the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) indicates that the stock balance of the global natural rubber industry at the end of 2013, specifically that of the Asia Pacific region, is in a position of production exceeding that of consumption by 3,020,000 tonnes, which may be a worrying factor to....
Views: 1746

World oil and gas planning cycle (2014) and its fallout on Sri Lanka

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International and national oil and gas companies always assess the macro business environment and make careful assumptions or assessments of their positions in such uncertainty.
Views: 1755

Why first impressions (still) count

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Some people are able to make an entrance – whether socially or professionally, pleasant enough for others to notice them. First impressions count – even though some would like to believe otherwise. Making a sound first impression will always be important to whatever that we have chosen to do.
Views: 1879

Environmental Management Systems should be strengthened in plantations

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An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a set of processes and practices that enables an organisation to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency.
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Value addition to graphite in Sri Lanka - Graphene and green technology

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As a follow up to my article on value addition to minerals published in Mirror Business on March 11, 2014, I would like to highlight the attempts by the researchers in Sri Lanka and also various government entities in value addition to graphite in the light of ‘graphene’, the miracle substance produced with the.....
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Hydro power and Sri Lanka’s energy challenge

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Water and energy are linked with an eternal bond. Many countries blessed with rivers and waterfalls have harnessed their inherent kinetic energy through hydro-electricity in fulfilling their energy needs. Sri Lanka is one such country.   But the rising demand for electricity and the limited generation potential of
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If China sneezes, Africa can now catch a cold

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Growing links with China have supported economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa. But the burgeoning commercial and financial ties between the developing subcontinent and the world’s second-biggest economy carry risks as well. These links also expose sub-Saharan African countries to.....
Views: 1873

Empowerment releases power within people for amazing results

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Do you work for a company that has a traditional bureaucratic management style? If so, chances are quite high that your workplace is probably not as effectively run as one whose philosophy is ‘empowerment’.
Views: 2127

Customer satisfaction or delight

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How crucial it is to ‘delight a customer’. Raising customer satisfaction is such an obvious point. Management tends to forget the importance of delighting a customer. Customer satisfaction is talked about in creative copy writing. What is neglected is the need to
Views: 2830

Is entrepreneurship the final goal of a career end?

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Not everyone chooses a career – some, if they are honest enough, will confess that they got into a career by chance. And once the course of time runs and the biological clock runs, most would choose to stay within the comfort zones of known routines, predictable outcomes and familiar territory, instead of.....
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Tea and rubber equally affected by global warming, climate change

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Be it swapping coffee for cocoa in Central America or bracing for drought in Sri Lanka with a return to ancient water storage systems, scientists and growers should jointly chart a path to adapt to climate shifts despite uncertainties over future growing conditions.
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Risks and rights for Sri Lankan consumers in the digital age

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Every day we are moving closer to having almost as many mobile subscribers as there are people on earth. Close to 40 percent of the world’s population are now ‘online’ and some 750 million households globally are connected to the internet.
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Evolution or Revolution? Managing brand transition

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It’s not uncommon to find major homegrown brands in Sri Lanka either undernourished or underexploited but after a period of neglect, they need to be reexamined and refreshed from the ground up.
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Solving dilemma of export diversification

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Sri Lanka’s problem of flagging export growth has generated much discussion. The answer that many are converging on is a single word: DIVERSIFICATION.
But ‘diversification’ is a double-edged concept in exports. You can either diversify in terms of products, or in terms of markets.
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Forecast for our energy future - No common solutions

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A recent article by Gail Tvreberg from a think tank on ‘Our Future World’ and reproduced in ‘Oil Voice’ magazine of February 4, 2014, highlights that solutions to our energy dilemma will not work if we do not understand that the problem is quite different from what it really is and......
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