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Knowledge Management and the Growth of Competence: Achieving competitive advantage in the firm

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Written by Sue Berry on 6th May 2017. Revised 27th April 2021.

15 min read


Intuitively we know that knowledge in a firm is good. In the East, those with knowledge are revered. But why is it that knowledge has value, and specifically, why is it that knowledge in a firm is useful to that firm? Something also tells us that knowledge for its own sake is of little value. It needs to be applied, to become competence, to realise its true value. This brief ‘intuitive’ look starts the process of building a framework for knowledge and its conversion to competence.

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Employing Foreign Workers Abroad

Blog Post

Written by John Berry on 2nd May 2017. Revised 27th April 2021.

34 min read


Managers can find it extremely attractive to ‘employ’ foreign staff resident abroad. Engaging workers in foreign countries is complex. In many cases it is better to trade at arms length through business to business agreements, paying against invoice. But that won't suit many firms, particularly where they have constraining upstream contracts. They must employ workers locally. Here are all the issues for firms wanting to gain worker services in both EU and non-EU countries.

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A practical guide to Company Sick Pay

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Written by John Berry on 22nd April 2021. Revised 26th April 2021.

6 min read


Many Government employees get full wages paid for anything up to a year of absence, so the Government, as an employer, pays ‘Company’ Sick Pay. Some firms have realised that to attract and retain key staff, they must do something similar. Whilst managers might want to pay full wages whenever an employee is off sick, only the Government and a few others can afford such generosity. So, what are managers to do?

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Consultant Demonstrates Quality

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Written by John Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 21st April 2021.

2 min read


Compliance with the international quality standard ISO9001:2015 gives customers the necessary confidence to buy. TimelessTime has recently transitioned from ISO9001:2008 to the aspirational upgrade ISO9001:2015.

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A manager’s guide to homeworking

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Written by John Berry on 28th April 2020. Revised 10th April 2021.

13 min read


Home working is where the firm extends its business activities from its premises to an employee’s home. A small part of the employee’s home is taken over by the firm for its benefit and the employer must acknowledge this. That simple paragraph needs careful consideration, case by case, home worker by home worker, to ensure that the scenario is lawful, controlled and beneficial to both parties.

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Should computers select employees?

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Written by John Berry on 28th March 2021. Revised 30th March 2021.

6 min read


Often, job applicants are aggrieved when computers make unfavourable personnel selection decisions. Some managers think computers are objective, impartial and somehow perfect in the decisions they make - the perfect personnel selection tool. We argue computers alone should never make hiring decisions.

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