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Announcement: Ruthven Institute partners with University of Melbourne to boost Australian business profitability

The Institute is delighted to announce a new strategic partnership with The University of Melbourne. The alliance was announced on November 29 at the Centre for Workplace Leadership’s 2018 Future of Work: People, Performance, Innovation conference. The RI/UoM partnership is...

Insights: Understanding Our Different Generations: by Phil Ruthven

December 2018 Generations are usually said to be around 20 years in length, determined to a large extent by biological factors including fertility and maturity. Some suggest a theoretical generation length of longer periods – up to 30 years, for...

Insights: The Australian Stock Market: by Phil Ruthven

November 2018 Australian investors are a nervous lot, which explains much of our stock market’s volatility. The two charts below trace the percentage changes in Australia’s economic growth (real GDP) and the ASX All Ordinaries Index over a century and...

Insights: The Australian Economy from Different Points of View: by Phil Ruthven

October 2018 Australia’s economy, measured as GDP by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), will total $1.9 trillion in Calendar 2018 and exceed $2 trillion as we enter the 2020s. If we included the unmeasured economic output of household activities...

Insights: Australia's Best Businesses in 2018: by Phil Ruthven

September 2018 Over the past three years to 2017, barely one in eight businesses at the big end of town – our 2000 largest enterprises, accounting for over 40% of the nation’s revenue – achieved world’s best practice (WBP) profitability....

Insights: Global Issues in 2018 and Beyond: by Phil Ruthven

August 2018 The term shrinking world is appropriate for the 21st century. As the below exhibit suggests, the world has been aggregating into larger governed entities, but without eliminating any of the preceding layers of government. Each step up the...

Insights: Manufacturing in a Modern Economy: by Phil Ruthven

July 2018 Older members of a workforce and society sometimes attach a level of importance – and even a value (as distinct from an undeniable benefit) – to industries that dominated the economy and labour force in their working life,...

Insights: Business Outsourcing: by Phil Ruthven

June 2018 Most of us would not be aware that the creation of industries in any country is mostly due to outsourcing. Households began outsourcing activities from the time of the Agrarian Age, thousands of years ago; although Australia has...

Insights: Taxes In World Perspective: by Phil Ruthven

May 2018 As Benjamin Franklin famously penned in 1789: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Thankfully, we will be discussing the latter in this newsletter; and despite what we may assume, taxation...

Insights: Making Sense of Politics: by Phil Ruthven

April 2018 Over the past 10 years or so, older members of society in most developed economies have been appalled by the state of politics in their countries. Towards the other end of the age spectrum, many young voters (the...