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Insights: The Challenges Outside and Inside a Business: by Phil Ruthven

April 2019 Life and work have become a lot more complex in today’s Infotronics Age, which commenced in the mid-1960s and is expected to continue into the 2040s. This complexity has become especially apparent in the post-2007 digital era, where...

Insights: Governing Australia: by Phil Ruthven

March 2019 A federal election this year creates a potential dead-calm for economic progress until the results are known. With this possibility in mind, it is useful to review the Australian government’s purpose and performance. Governments, comprising their general government...

Insights: Investment in Australia: by Phil Ruthven

February 2019 In the year to September 2018, investment made up a fifth of Australia’s Gross National Turnover (GNT); the balance being in consumption (62%) and exports (18%). So, investment is not a huge component of our economy. However, investment...

Insights: Housing in Australia: by Phil Ruthven

January 2019 Housing is Australia’s single most important resource, accounting for 46% of the nation’s $15.8 trillion value of all assets in F2018. Businesses, governments and householders get nervous when the market becomes discombobulated, as has been the case now...

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...