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Ken Phillips is co-founder and Executive Director of Independent Contractors of Australia. He is a published authority on independent contractor issues and directs research on related commercial and trade practices issues. Through his numerous articles in newspapers and think-tank and academic journals, Ken is known for approaching issues from outside normal perspectives and is frequently sought out for media comment.

Old work hour habits won't die

Monday, August 20, 2012
The Federal Court decision last week to uphold the legality of industrial relations deals that restrict the use of contractors and labour hire adds further concern about the declining productivity in Australia. And the court's ADJ Contracting decision contrasts sharply to a recent discussion paper from the Australian Institute of Management arguing that flexible work improves productivity.  More...

Managing in a Flexible Work Environment Commentary

Sunday, August 12, 2012

This is a commentary on the Australian Institute of Management discussion paper, Managing in a Flexible Work EnvironmentMore...


From little businesses big economies grow

Monday, July 23, 2012

As the older, developed economies of Europe and North America are seemingly caught in a steady decline spiral, the global economy is being saved by the Asian economies. But is Asian growth the result of some mysterious, happy sequence of events or something else?

In the case of Malaysia and small business development at least, there's evidence that growth outcomes are the result of sound, and consistent;y good policy heavily lead from the political top. Malaysia is a case study in positive policy.
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Harnessing the power of independent thinkers

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Last week while Prime Minister Minister Julia Gillard was conducting her Economic Forum in Brisbane, I was in Wellington New Zealand attending the peak international small business conference of the year. The two events provided an interesting comparison in light of Robert Gottliebsen's comments yesterday (When staff cuts aren't enough, June 18).  More...


The Rise of the Micro-Multinational

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

How Freelancers and Technology-Savvy Start-Ups Are Driving Growth, Jobs and Innovation

We've been discussing 'is employment dying?' based on predictions that by 2050 the word 'employment' and its processes will have disappeared.
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Ignoring the economics of innovation

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Across the globe massive debt burdens are suppressing economic activity. The US, EU and Japan are struggling to stimulate growth with limited success. With a rising reservoir of self-employed workers, shouldn't governments devote more of their efforts to encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation as a way of stimulating their economies? More...



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