The recruitment blender

In December, I wrote about the unusual recruitment policy of the UK Intelligence Agency, GCHQ and its use of an internet ‘viral’ puzzle, spread via social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, to find suitable applicants. It is clear that GCHQ is not the only organisation adopting a novel approach to recruiting. In these times of high unemployment and gloomy market conditions, firms are using ever more extreme physical and mental interrogations to find suitable recruits. Interviewers have turned to ...

Innovation: Why corporate culture is key

Booz & Company, the US management consulting firm, has been producing its Global Innovation 1000 study for seven years. This study consistently demonstrates that certain companies succeed in producing innovative new products and services year after year and as a result generate superior financial results. This year’s survey shows that the success of these companies is not a matter of how much they spend on research and development, but rather how they spend it. The 2011 Innovation 1000 report considered two ...