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Productivity Commission Inquiry could prove valuable

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Just last week the debate over workplace issues revved up again with the release by the Abbott government of its Productivity Commission inquiry into workplace relations. Naturally, the unions and the ALP are salivating at the idea that this will be a re-run of WorkChoices, almost guaranteeing them a win at the next election. ICA will be putting a submission to the Inquiry. More...


Entrepreneurial Index launched in Canada: Some interesting results!

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Ken Phillips is in Canada at the moment launching the Entrepreneurial Index (EI) in partnership with the Frontier Centre. ICA has been working on this for four years and finally it’s all go!

The Entrepreneurial Index assesses the impact of government laws, regulations and their administration on the ability of people to be self-employed and hence entrepreneurial. It gives a score out of 100.  More...


New EU research: More escaping "wage slavery"

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Important new research released in April has found that the number of independent professionals (iPros) in Europe has increased 45 per cent since 2004. Undertaken for the Professional Contractors Group in the UK, the study not only presents data on a country-by-country basis, but also includes profiling results which show that the major determinants for choosing self-employment are a sense of fulfilment and flexibility in working patterns. More...


What makes a good self-employed entrepreneur?

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Poland is now the sixth largest economy in Europe with a projected growth rate in 2014 some 57 per cent higher than the rest of Europe. Poland’s entrepreneurs are driving this. What makes a good self-employed entrepreneur? Read this discussion paper from some researchers at universities in Turkey and Austria. They are into ‘myth explosion’. More...


Inside the mind of the independent professional

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Tui McKeown is at Monash University and on the ICA board. She conducts ground-breaking research into how independent contractors think. Her latest edition of the IPro Index, sponsored by Entity Solutions contains lessons about how businesses can interact with the ‘new worker’. More hereMore...


The challenge of the 'blended' workforce

Monday, August 26, 2013

One of the biggest challenges facing large firms these days is how to manage a ‘blended’ workforce. Few companies are able to operate with employees alone. The use of independent contractors ‘blended’ with employees is a new ‘normal’.  More...


Unemployment rising

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The proportion of small business people not taking on new workers in Australia has risen during 2013 according to the latest survey by MYOB. This must be a significant explanation for the projected rise in Australian unemployment. As we’ve shown before (see figures below) more than 60 per cent of workers are in small business. If small business people are under pressure, employment really struggles!  More...


Expendable or entrepreneurs?

Friday, July 19, 2013

I had a debate with union leaders at a conference last week. It was truly a ‘men are from Mars, women are from Venus’ experience. They were on about their ability to dictate ‘fairness’. I was about entrepreneurship through the human experience. We just didn’t ‘get’ each other. It was a robust exchange!  More...


Are small business people tech dopes?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

ICA blogger (and China expert) John Findley takes issue with recent suggestions that SMEs are not well engaged with computer technology. Instead of concentrating on the Internet and on-line advertising, he argues that the future for SMEs and technology lies with productivity gains not yet realised. Full post is hereMore...


Why little is big

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

These figures show why small business is actually the big part of the economy and jobs.  Full statistics here.

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