Monthly Archives: February 2011

SAD NEWS X 2

I was sorry to read (in Building magazine, 18.02.11) that the Australian construction company Lend Lease is to drop the word Bovis from the name of its UK operation – although I quite understand the desire of the company to … Continue reading

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PAYING FOR A QUIET LIFE

The structuring of organisations doesn’t seem to be fashionable in present-day management studies. Even Henry Mintzberg, whose book of that title (1979) influenced me quite greatly, plays it down in his current work. But organisations still have formal structures of … Continue reading

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ECCENTRIC TEACHERS AND FAMILY FIRMS

In common with millions of other people, I enjoyed the film ‘The King’s Speech’.   I also found it both moving and thought-provoking. Lionel Logue was a speech therapist, but I found myself viewing him as a teacher, with the … Continue reading

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MAKING THINGS HAPPEN

Reg Ward died just a few weeks ago.  You may not have heard of him, but he was chief executive of the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC)  throughout most of the 1980s.  His obituary (Times, 24.01.11) prompted several thoughts in … Continue reading

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THE BIG SOCIETY

What, if anything, might the Big Society mean for the construction industry? To the public as a whole (according to opinion polls) it seems to mean either a fig-leaf to cover public spending cuts, or something they simply don’t understand. … Continue reading

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03.02.11

The state of the UK housing market is worrying – and not just for the construction industry.  The supply of new homes is reported to be at its lowest level since 1923.  I bought my first house in my 20s … Continue reading

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