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The right people for the job

Alexis Papachelas is a guest editorial writer to The Business Thinker. He is currently the Executive Editor of the long standing and highly respected daily Greek newspaper “Kathimerini”.

Greece’s politicians have at last realized that a number of the crucial issues facing this debt-ridden nation (such as the privatization of dysfunctional public utilities and the complex negotiations regarding the country’s mammoth financial woes) cannot possibly be solved without some assistance from private sector technocrats.

The existing employees in the public sector have proved themselves quite incapable of dealing with the challenges of the day. The entire state apparatus depends on a small number of experienced people — but these will not suffice. The issues at hand are complicated and the representatives of Greece’s international creditors are extremely demanding and skilled.

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Lost opportunities (Greece)

Alexis Papachelas is a guest editorial writer to The Business Thinker. He is currently the Executive Editor of the long standing and highly respected daily Greek newspaper “Kathimerini”.

One of (the Greek prime minister)George Papandreou’s strongest cards to date has been his good connections with foreign officials. I am not referring to the rather insignificant Socialist International but to the international political and economic establishment which, whether we like it or not, plays a crucial role in shaping our future, both now and in the foreseeable future.

Some people, particularly self-styled right-wing patriots, are not very happy about this. They obviously choose to ignore the fact that Greece’s biggest national wagers have been won not only thanks to courage and brave battles but also due to the fact that our national leaders enjoyed the support of those who mattered — such as Eleftherios Venizelos following the First World War and Constantine Karamanlis when Greece joined the European Economic Community. Continue reading Lost opportunities (Greece)

Employment Growth

I am concerned about the factors that lead to employment growth, something that should be of vital interest to every person. Discussion about employment or business often focuses on the largest companies. I believe that we have not looked in depth at the relationship of company size to employment growth and value to the society as a whole. This relationship of size to value is an important one that is often distorted by mythology and misperceptions. Continue reading Employment Growth