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Housing in Australia

January 2019 Phil Ruthven AM, Founder & CEO 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,...

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...

Understanding Our Different Generations

December 2018 Phil Ruthven AM, Founder & CEO 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...

The Australian Economy from Different Points of View

October 2018 Phi Ruthven AM, Founder & CEO 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...

Australia's Best Businesses in 2018

September 2018 Phil Ruthven AM, Founder & CEO 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 –...

Global Issues in 2018 and Beyond

August 2018 Phil Ruthven AM, Founder & CEO 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...

Manufacturing in a Modern Economy

July 2018 Phil Ruthven AM, Founder and CEO 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...

Taxes In World Perspective

May 2018 Phil Ruthven AM, Founder & CEO 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...

Making Sense of Politics

April 2018 Phil Ruthven AM, Founder & CEO 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...

Revolutions in the Retail Industry

March 2018 Phil Ruthven AM, Founder & CEO Retailing is a big industry, with revenues close to $400 billion in F2018. It accounts for 10% of the nation’s employment; 8% of its revenue; 4% of GDP; and a modest 2%...

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