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    Pandemics through the Ages: One more wake-up call unheeded?

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 28/05/2020

    » Pandemics have been an endemic feature of human history throughout the passage of time. They have killed off more people than wars and famines.

  • BUSINESS

    Working from Home: physical distancing but social proximity

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 31/03/2020

    » During these times of crisis worldwide, there has been much talk of "social distancing". This term is regrettable, because the last thing one wants when situations are challenging and personal anxieties and tensions are acute, is social distancing. This is a time for closeness and communal solidarity. One needs to reach out to people, whether family, friends or working colleagues. The necessity is for physical distancing, but social proximity.

  • BUSINESS

    Early Childhood Learning: It’s never too soon to start

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 19/11/2019

    » Christopher F. Bruton interviews Rose Marie Wanchupela and Wanchai Chaiyasit of Rose Marie Academy.

  • BUSINESS

    Global talent competitiveness: a plea for diversity

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 31/07/2018

    » The Global Talent Competitiveness Index is produced each year by the Switzerland-based management school INSEAD, with support from the leading human resource group ADECCO, joined this year by TATA Communications.

  • BUSINESS

    Safety and Security: a survival checklist

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 14/08/2018

    » Whether we are assailed by drought, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, land-slides or violent assaults, never a day passes without some kind of traumatic crisis somewhere in the world, often uncomfortably nearby. In many cases, the crises were unpredictable or unpreventable, such as the 2004 Tsunami, the recent 2018 Lombok earthquakes or Japanese floods. In other cases, these crises could have been avoided, such as the stranded Wild Boar football team in a Chiang Rai cave, or the drowning of 47 tourists venturing out to sea in Phuket during a gale-force storm.

  • BUSINESS

    The World Cup Season Approaches: testing times for work/life balance

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 11/06/2018

    » Between 14 June and 15 July, the 2018 World Cup Season will take place at 12 stadium locations in Russia, with a total of 64 matches between 32 national teams. The series of matches will be watched by between 50,000 and 80,000 stadium attendees per match, depending on location capacity. But judging by past experience, total world-wide viewing could exceed 3 billion people, with over one billion viewers for the World Cup final match on 15 July in Moscow.

  • BUSINESS

    Flexible working: the ultimate work/life balancing act

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 07/05/2018

    » Work/life balance and the relative importance of harmonising family responsibilities with earning a living wage have become issues of primary importance in many developed countries. Employers and employees have found innovative ways of ensuring that successful careers can be combined with lives enriched by recreational activities, parenthood, family activities and the care of elderly family members.

  • BUSINESS

    Women in Business: Thailand Experience

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 18/04/2018

    » In March 2018, we published an analysis of the recent Grant Thornton report on "Women in Business", detailing the worldwide representation of women in the business community. Following on from this, we now recount the observations of three leading business women regarding the importance of women in the Thailand business community. These business leaders are Ms. Noel Ashpole, Partner at Grant Thornton, Ms. Heather Suksem, Deputy Chairperson of OCS ROH Ltd, and Ms. Tiziana Sucharitkul, Co-Managing Partner, Tilleke & Gibbins. The discussion was held at a Dataconsult Thailand Regional Forum dinner meeting, a regular series on significant business topics, on 27 March 2018.

  • BUSINESS

    Women in Business: is the gender gap narrowing?

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 19/03/2018

    » Although authoritarianism seems to be gaining popular precedence over democracy in many parts of the world, there are encouraging signs that other aspects of egalitarian philosophy are achieving more widespread approval. In particular, the importance of the role of women in society is gaining increasing recognition. Some developments are quite dramatic: who would have thought it possible that women might soon be allowed to drive cars in Saudi Arabia? How could it be, that Iran might be seriously considering allowing women to watch football matches?

  • BUSINESS

    Training or enslavement? Making internship ethical

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 02/04/2018

    » "Unpaid, unadvertised, unfair" is how the UK's Sutton Trust described the situation of many intern workers in that country. Enough real slavery still exists in the world today (including both in Thailand and in the UK). There is certainly no need to introduce institutionalised enslavement into established workplaces. However, many of the characteristics of slavery are fully part of the conditions of modern-day internship: no pay, hard work, long hours. While torture is presumably absent, there is the mental torture of fearing that a negative employer's report may deny an intern a successful subsequent employment opportunity.

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