Marriott International Inc., is a leading lodging company with nearly 2,900 lodging properties in the United States and 68 countries around the world. Its heritage can be traced to a root beer stand opened in Washington, DC in 1927. As a leader in the competitive hospitality industry, Marriott understands the importance of employee health and productivity. Marriott believes its associates are its greatest asset; and as a leader in the service industry, Marriott knows that its success rests upon engaging those associates. Marriott’s robust health benefits package seeks to engage associates “We have learned that good health by meeting the needs of their families. leads to better productivity on the Jill Berger, Vice President of Marriott’s job. Click here to read more…
“Today we generate our KPIs on a daily basis. Prior to deploying Analysis Services, back when we created them by cutting and pasting, we only updated our KPIs on a monthly basis.”
– Ake Soderberg, Operational Project Manager, Relacom.
With more than 15,000 employees operating in 17 countries, Relacom provides managed services for wired and wireless networks. To accommodate its growth, the company needed a more robust and flexible business intelligence (BI) data warehouse, which had been hosted using Oracle and the UNIX operating system. The company migrated its BI data warehouse to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition (64-bit) database software running on Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition for 64-Bit Systems…
Situation: Relacom, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, provides a range of data and telecommunication network services—from construction services, to equipment installation, to network maintenance—serving customers through its operations in 17 countries around the world. The 15,000 employees of Relacom provide managed services to customers ranging from private sector and government network owners to businesses and consumers. Servicing both wired and wireless networks, Relacom provides preventative and corrective maintenance services…
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Twenty-five thousand dairy cows in the Bega Valley contribute to the success of Bega Cheese, supplying more than 165 million litres of milk each year for the company’s range of natural cheddar and processed cheddar cheese products. Operating out of two sites in Bega, the company is a leading brand in the Australian dairy industry and continues to show strong growth in global dairy markets with retail, food service and bulk products making their way into over 50 countries around the world.
Bega Cheese’s success in the export market hinged on the decision in 1998 to build a cheese cutting, packaging and processing unit on-site in Bega – the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The company began exporting in 1992, when enquiries from South East Asia for bulk cheddar began filtering through. It soon became apparent that supply of value-added retail-ready products was the future for Bega Cheese in overseas markets. From a zero base in 1992, Bega’s export business looks set to achieve approximately AUD50 million in retail sales for 2007-08, despite challenging trading conditions. Read more..
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The Ethnicity Counts? (eCounts?) project is a collaborative university-based research project that tracks how governments around the world count and classify their populations by ethnicity. Ethnic counting is a hot topic in many countries, attested to by ongoing debates in the media, politics, international forums, and academic publications.
The main goal of eCounts? is to provide a solid understanding of how countries around the world engage in ethnic counting; how such practices have changed over time; and the key factors associated with change. This website has been designed and executed with a wide range of potential users in mind, including researchers, statistical agencies, policy-makers, journalists, students and advocates. Click here to read more…
Integrated Staffing Solution Streamlines Avery Dennison’s Recruiting Efforts around the World
Based in Pasadena, California, Avery Dennison is a Fortune 500 company with 2005 sales of $5.5 billion. With marketleading positions in pressure-sensitive technology, self-adhesive base materials and self-adhesive consumer and office products, the company employs more than 22,000 people in over 150 manufacturing and distribution facilities in 49 countries around the world.
Avery Dennison’s recruiting organization’s mission is to ensure that the company hires and retains top talent around the world. For the last four years, recruiters in North America have used ADP VirtualEdge (ADP VE) enterprise recruiting software to automate the recruiting process and reduce their workload. According to Carol Robbins, Avery Dennison’s Director of Human Resource Information Systems, “We can manage the entire recruiting process within VE Professional.” Click here to read more…
Tax Competition Vs Tax Harmonisation
Since the tax policy of a country has become an important determinant in locating foreign capital and labour, countries around the world have started to compete with each other on the basis of the taxes they levy. This development has been a worry for tax collectors. Both the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD) and the European Union have been quick to take steps to contain ‘harmful’ tax practices of member and non-member countries.
which according to them could lead to the erosion of tax revenues for governments around the world in a destructive ‘race to the bottom’. A strong case is being made for ‘tax harmonisation’ – standardisation of tax rates among nations. The case helps to discuss the developments and implications of this tug-of-war. Click here to read more…
A Study about Role of Civil Society Organizations in Auditing and Public Finance Management
Introduction:~ Over the years, auditing has retained its significance in public finance and, as such, Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) receive constitutional recognition in many countries around the world. As watchdogs of public finances, the public auditors act as critical links in enforcing the accountability of executive agencies to national and state legislatures and through them to the general public. The public sector auditor reviews financial management of public sector entities to ensure that transactions have been undertaken with due regard to propriety and regularity. Recently, several public auditors have also assumed responsibility for assessing value for money considerations in public projects and programs in recent years.
In this paper, we argue that greater collaboration between SAIs and civil society organizations can assist SAIs in overcoming some of the challenges that they face. An enhanced partnership between SAIs and civil society organizations will also help to insert the practice of audire – the public ‘hearing’ (meaning examination) of government accounts – into public auditing. We do not intend to suggest that civil society organizations can replace formal audit institutions. Instead, we propose that greater interaction between SAIs and civil society organizations is likely to lead to stronger budgetary oversight by both sets of institutions – and that this interaction will strengthen a country’s governance framework and the effectiveness and efficiency of its antipoverty programs. Our argument is supported by a set of case studies which highlight the innovative work of civil society organizations around the world in complementing the work of SAIs. Keep reading…
Study for BBVA
Background: BBVA is a global group that offers individual and corporate customers a comprehensive range of financial and non-financial products and services. It enjoys a solid leadership position in the Spanish market, where it first began its activities over 150 years ago. It also has a leading franchise in South America; it is the largest financial institution in Mexico; one of the 15 largest U.S. commercial banks and one of the few large international groups operating in China and Turkey.
BBVA employs approximately 104,000 people in over 30 countries around the world, and has more than 47 million customers and 900,000 shareholders. Keep reading…
A Case Study about Factors Influencing Citizens Adoption of e-Government Services in the Developing World
Abstract: Developing countries have established promising e-Government initiatives with the objective of enhancing the accessibility of government services and information for their citizens. However, governments tend to design and launch online services based on their understanding of what citizens need, surprisingly, without actually measuring what increases citizens’ willingness to adopt web-enabled services. Governments must first understand variables that influence citizens’ adoption of e-Government in order to take them into account when delivering services online.
Introduction: The last decade witnessed a revolution in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). This revolution has not only changed the daily life of people but also the characteristics of the interaction between governments and citizens. Such changes, in turn, are quickly being transformed into new forms of government, namely, eGovernment. By the early/mid 1990’s the USA, Australia, some European Union (EU) countries together with other countries who were applying New Public Management (NPM), have been early adopters of eGovernment programmes By the year 2000, most of countries around the world including some developing counties followed the steps of the world most developed economies and deployed their national e-Government projects.
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International Trade As An Engine of Growth In Developing Countries
Introduction: Trade plays a vital role in shaping economic and social performance and prospects of countries around the world, especially those of developing countries. No country has grown without trade. However, the contribution of trade to development depends a great deal on the context in which it works and the objectives it serves.
In recent decades, a number of developing countries, most notably the East Asian newly industrializing countries, have been able to purposefully use the elemental force of trade to boost growth and development within a relatively short time span. At the same time many other developing countries, especially the least developed countries (LDCs), have embarked on unilateral trade liberalization in recent years, with very limited results at best in terms of increased growth and development…
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