Englische Texte

G'day! Based in Sydney as free lancing foreign correspondent I mostly work for a range of German quality media. Ever so often I get the chance to contribute to local media, too. Here are some examples of my work.

Knowledge@Australian School of Business: Disasters Down Under - Why Reinsurers are Heeding the Call of Catastrophe PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 June 2011 02:03

From earthquakes to extensive floods and a cyclone, the recent sequence of disasters in Australia and New Zealand has left thousands of people reeling. Insurers and reinsurers were also rocked by extensive claims, but reports that companies now may shun South Pacific markets are greatly exaggerated, not least because the catastrophes raised public awareness of the need for insurance. With their sights on new business and greater profits, big reinsurers are actually moving down under. And, Michael Sherris, a professor of Actuarial Studies at the Australian School of Business, predicts it's just the beginning. More newcomers can be expected as the industry adjusts its models and finds ways to recapitalise.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2011 02:06
knowledge@Australian School of BusinessSecurency Scandal:- Lifting the Lid on Grey Money PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 November 2010 02:29

A bribery scandal involving Securency, a subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), has caused Australia's central bank to demote its chief banknote salesman, Hugh Brown, and ban the practice of paying overseas' middlemen to win contracts. An investigation by the UK's Serious Fraud Office follows allegations that bribes were paid by agents of Securency – a 50-50 joint venture between the RBA and British plastics producer Innovia Films – to win contracts to produce bank notes in Africa, Asia and South America. The bribes allegedly went to politicians in several countries that bought Securency's notes. The allegations highlight "a grey area" in international business "around building and maintaining relationships" that urgently needs to be aired, insists Andrew Kakabadse, a management professor at the UK's Cranfield School of Management and a visiting scholar at the Australian School of Business.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 November 2010 02:32
knowledge@Australian School of Business: Corporate Governance - Spotting the Difference in Boards Across Borders PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 April 2011 01:10

Globalisation has increased the need for managers and investors to develop a strong understanding of how boards in different countries operate, but to date there's been little insight into the modus operandi of boards in different cultures. In a global economy, surprises lurk at every turn and speaking the same language offers no ready reckoner.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 April 2011 01:13
knowledge@Australian School of Business: Boardroom Positions Vacant - What's the Real Cost of Appointing a Foreign Director? PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 October 2010 21:48

When a foreign independent director is on the board the results may be weaker governance and higher costs – because missed meetings and an offshore director's inability to observe management and glean crucial information have a tangible impact. Companies with foreign directors are more likely to misreport their financial positions and overpay their chief executives, according to research by Ron Masulis, a professor at the Australian School of Business. So, when considering candidates for that next board vacancy, perhaps the emphasis should be less on who you know and more about where they're based.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 October 2010 21:56

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