High-Tech Business Services and Innovation in Germany and the UK: The Case of IT Outsourcing. This study reports on these issues through investigating the case of IT outsourcing in Germany and the UK. In both countries, the rapidly growing IT outsourcing market is an important driver underpinning growth in the computer services sector. Thirteen examples of large IT outsourcing contracts were selected (6 in Germany, 7 in the UK), ranging in value from e 25 million to more than e 5,000 million. In each case, interviews were conducted with managers in the IT firm and in the client organisation. By Damian Grimshaw and Marcela Miozzo (in collaboration with Paulina Ramirez, Matthias Knuth and Thorsten Kalina)
By Anglo-German Foundation, UK.
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from Public Service Broadcasting to Public Service Communication . Public service broadcasting must change if it is to survive. The licensing and funding arrangements that support it are challenged by long-term technical and market changes including the proliferation of channels and services, the rise of new interactive services and the shift away from mass access to niche services and alternative platforms for content delivery. Although in the short term UK public service broadcasters are in a state of rude health, they neglect these longer-term challenges at their peril. Edited by Damian Tambini and Jamie Cowling.
Corporation tax reform. In August 2003 the government issued a further consultation document on reform to the corporation tax system. This consultation continues a process that started in July 2001 with a consultation document on large business taxation, and which appears to have become an annual exercise. This Briefing Note points out that this annual round of reform proposals does little to promote a stable environment for business investment decisions. New proposals on transfer pricing and finance leasing will add to business costs. By Stephen Bond and Alexander Klemm.
By Institute for Fiscal Studies, UK.
"A call for a culture of values, not just rules - from the corner office to the boardroom". From the Enron scandal in 2001 to the uproar over NYSE Chairman Dick Grasso?s pay package in the fall of 2003, markets have been roiled and confidence shaken by portraits of corporate greed. From Paris, in this exclusive for Policy Options, OECD Secretary-General Don Johnston considers means of improving corporate governance among his 30 member countries, notably in North America and the European Union (EU). Executive compensation is the tail of the dog, not the dog, he reminds us, adding that improvements lie beyond legislation and regulation, and even beyond eliminating egregious conflicts of interest and bolstering the independence of outside directors. At the end of the day, there is no substitute for a culture of values, nor for professional and ethical management of corporations.
By IRPP, Canada.