Archives for March 22nd, 2005

SCENARIOS: THE ART OF STRATEGIC CONVERSATION

Book News, PublicNet: 22 March, 2005

By Kees van der HeijdenScenario planning allows organizations to move away from linear thinking and better understand external change. It provides a way to look at the possible futures for the medium and long term. While the future always remains unknown, thinking about it in a structured way reveals the type and scale of potential challenges that the organisation may be faced with and this prompts a look at the adequacy of the current strategy to respond.

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ONLINE RECRUITMENT CAN MEAN MISSING OUT ON DIVERSITY OF TALENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 March, 2005

Online employment selection may mean that organizations are missing out on a diversity of talent to a greater extent than if they used fairly crude measures such as A-level scores or the class of an applicant’s university degree. Research published today shows that for all the efforts and money put into graduate recruitment, valuable talent is being ‘lost in the system’.The study has been carried out by into corporate graduate recruitment, by IES and the Council for Industry and Higher Education. They examined the practices of leading UK employers for evidence that their recruitment was meeting their business needs, was fair and was encouraging diversity.

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BOLTON COUNCIL LEADS SECURE E-GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 March, 2005

A new system has been launched to tighten security for on-line transactions between public bodies, such as local authorities. ‘Government Connect’ will bring together technical solutions and practical advice with the aim of improving electronic service delivery by central and local government. It will mean that for the first time people will be able to complete transactions online without having to send documents by post, or turn up in person with their passport, driving licence, bills or other proofs of identity.Councils across the country are being invited to become members of ‘Government Connect’ and to implement the system in a phased roll-out. The objective is to have all local authorities using the system by the end of 2007 when it is expected to bring efficiencies in service delivery and costs.

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