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Working from Home

April 2020 Phil Ruthven AM, Founder & CEO The current COVID-19 pandemic and reactive measures taken by governments around the world have forced businesses, employees and householders to find alternative ways to live and work. Enforced self-isolation across Australia and...

The Deal: The Agricultural Dilemma

Note: An abridged version of this article originally featured in The Deal magazine on Friday, 20 March 2020 under the title ‘The problem with Australia's water supply’. The Ruthven Institute has partnered with The Deal to release a series of monthly articles...

The Deal: Being Master of Your Own Destiny

Note: An abridged version of this article originally featured in The Deal magazine on Friday, 21 February 2020 under the title ‘The profit motive: be the master of your own destiny’. The Ruthven Institute has partnered with The Deal to...

Special Update: Pandemics in Perspective

March 2020 Phil Ruthven AM, Founder & CEO Epidemics and pandemics are an integral part of human history, with each outbreak bearing both social and economic costs. The world endured quite a few outbreaks over the past century; and if...

Traditions and Values

February 2020 Phil Ruthven AM, Founder & CEO A lot of things are changing in society – but things have been changing for a much longer time than we may remember, or perhaps have even noticed. Of course, it can...

What we can learn from US corporates

January 2020 Phil Ruthven AM, Founder & CEO The Ruthven Institute was founded to help more businesses achieve world’s best practice (WBP) profitability (return on shareholder funds after tax, or ROSF) without disadvantaging other stakeholders, including customers, suppliers, employees, society...

Uncharted Waters: 2020 and Beyond

December 2019 Phil Ruthven AM, Founder & CEO We live in tumultuous times. Economic dominance has shifted from Western to Eastern nations – in some ways, the West is still recovering from the global financial crisis over a decade ago....

World trade: a war, or an overdue adjustment?

November 2019 Phil Ruthven AM, Founder & CEO The trade conflict between the United States and China is causing turmoil, with each side reluctant to back down. Starting in February 2018, the United States applied tariffs to $250 billion of...

Knowing One's Industry and Life Cycle

October 2019 Phil Ruthven AM, Founder & CEO Knowing about the industry we operate in, and where it is on its life cycle, is fundamental to strategy and business success. Only around one in 10 businesses in Australia know their...

The Importance of Organisational Culture

September 2019 Phil Ruthven AM, Founder & CEO You know you have a great organisational culture when employees and executives turn up to work each day with a smile on their face. If this is achieved, it can be added...

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