Chulla Setthi Jathaka: An entrepreneur creating magical wealth out of nothing

Views - 464 Tuesday, 23 January 2018 00:00

For over a decade, I have travelled as a lending banker to every corner of the country and it has exposed me to thousands of entrepreneurs. My close interaction with them helped me to understand their attributes, qualities and characteristics that se

Pitfalls in 5Ss and how to avoid them

Views - 414 Wednesday, 17 January 2018 00:00

After many years of experience in the manufacturing industries and successful implementation of lean practices in sixty companies

Thinking ahead!: ACCA Platinum Employer WNS outline’s future of finance outsourcing

Views - 44 Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:05

With many companies using finance outsourcing to add value, increase business flexibility and prepare for future growth, ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has played a significant role in being at the forefront of supporting finan

Why ‘Have a safe trip’ is taking on greater meaning

Views - 54 Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:05

By Alastair Paterson Have a safe trip! Typically, when we wish someone well before they leave on a journey we are referring to their physical safety while in transit. But, increasingly, there’s another consideration – their online security. Over

How to use ‘New Global Standards’ in project management, to improve project success

Views - 358 Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:02

By Dr. Madhu Fernando Two decades of the 21st century are almost completed. Some project management practitioners are still relying on the traditional project management standards which have been introduced in mid to late 20th century for projects. P

Tough journey, great destination by Ronnie Peiris

Views - 509 Friday, 29 December 2017 00:00

Recently I watched the movie ‘The hacksaw ridge’ the amazing story of how a young man called Desmond Doss went to the battle field without a gun because it was against his value system to kill. Eventually he ended up saving 75 people from death.

Not a sword; only stones for David’s defence: David’s and Goliath’s dynamics of success

Views - 36 Friday, 29 December 2017 00:00

In the Biblical context, the story of David and Goliath depicts dynamics of winning cultures in a battlefield. Goliath, a Palestinian was a strong man. His strength was measured through braveness

Global best practices in managing conduct risk introduced to Sri Lanka

Views - 84 Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:00

The Sri Lanka Insurance Institute (SLII), TCF Consulting (UK) and Global Business Counselling (GBC) collaborated to introduce the concept of Treating Customers

Digital transformation will change everything – Is the CFO ready for tomorrow?

Views - 62 Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:00

Since its inception in 1986, Global technology giant Oracle Corporation has enabled thousands of organisations across APAC to transform their business operations.

Corporate governance important factor in strengthening capital markets: SEC Chief

Views - 98 Friday, 15 December 2017 09:12

The Code of Best Practice on Corporate Governance 2017 was released on Wednesday by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka).

KPMG hosts first Family Business Forum in the Maldives

Views - 273 Friday, 15 December 2017 09:09

Given the importance of raising awareness and ensuring family businesses carry forward their legacy, the Family Business Division of KPMG in Sri Lanka organised a forum in the Maldives to discuss key challenges faced by family businesses and the ways

Spiritual workplace strategy: A paradigm shift in contemporary work-ethics

Views - 36 Friday, 15 December 2017 09:07

In the backdrop of Triple Bottom line (People-Planet-Profit), organisations are traversing towards a spirituality culture.

Nominations called for the four international standard- setting boards

Views - 30 Monday, 11 December 2017 00:00

A call for nominations for the four international standard-setting boards was issued last week.

Outstanding performances at Asia-Pacific Executives Forum 2017 and AAPM Certification Ceremony

Views - 116 Monday, 11 December 2017 00:00

There were some outstanding performances this year at the Asia-Pacific Executive Forum 2017 & AAPM Certification Ceremony held at Hilton Colombo on 26 November.

Corporates urged to find the fit between CSR and innovation

Views - 25 Monday, 11 December 2017 00:00

As top corporates in the country bring Corporate Social Responsibility to the table in the quest for greater value and competitiveness, experts stress that corporate social innovation is the new CSR.

IFC, partners strengthen corporate governance practices in family-owned businesses

Views - 33 Wednesday, 29 November 2017 00:00

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, along with the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID) and the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), are collaborating on workshops that promote good corporate governance and family

AIS Principal Harshana Perera honoured at Icons of Learning Summit, Singapore

Views - 39 Wednesday, 29 November 2017 00:00

Recognising a career filled with remarkable achievements in education and invaluable contribution to institutions of learning

Ronnie’s insights on professionals, managers and leaders

Views - 1609 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:01

Ronnie Peiris is someone with the ability to move around with kings and still not lose touch with the common man. An Executive Director on the Board of John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH) as its Group Finance Director, he is also a Director of several lis

Strategic significance of supply chain management in investment decisions

Views - 249 Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:00

There were days when business owners and managers had the luxury of making significant one time investments and reaping the benefits for years to come without any major new cash infusion. In today’s rapidly evolving global

Father founder, son rich, grandson poor!

Views - 135 Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:00

“Father founder of the company, son rich, and grandson poor” is Mexico’s powerful equivalent to Asia’s popular saying about family-owned businesses, “Wealth shall not last three generations!”

The making of an entrepreneur

Views - 88 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

Startup fever is sweeping its way across Sri Lanka. Inspired by the Silicon Valley culture, many young graduates and executives are leaving the comfort of their jobs to pursue their own ventures.

Battle of the generations: Family business legacy and passing down the crown

Views - 1022 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

Family businesses are the bedrock of a country’s economy; according to statistics, 70 to 90% of the GDP is created by family businesses globally

Wake up boys; let’s walk the talk

Views - 998 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:00

The writing is on the wall, chaps. We need to do something. There’s a moral imperative, an economic and social necessity, but above all, it makes business sense. The facts stack up.

CIMA holds Convocation Ceremony 2017

Views - 53 Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

Growing the ranks of the globally-respected, competent pool of management accountants the country is known for, CIMA Sri Lanka felicitated their students and members at the convocation held at the BMICH on 20 September.

IIMA to conduct top management program on ‘Transforming Business Organisations to Achieve Growth’

Views - 53 Thursday, 26 October 2017 00:00

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) in collaboration with Institute of Certified Professional Managers (CPM) and Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (CMA) will be conducting a top management program on the topic ‘

It’s everyone’s responsibility to manage workplace conflict

Views - 275 Tuesday, 10 October 2017 00:01

All personnel at every level of the organisation must accept that conflict is an inescapable part of their working life. Whilst most would view conflict in a negative light, handled well, it can also be a birthing ground for creativity and innovation

Surveys don’t drive insights - A thorough and informed process drives insights

Views - 79 Tuesday, 10 October 2017 00:00

A survey is a great tool that helps companies better understand consumers and develop a wide range of analyses. A common misconception is that surveys drive insights. With numerous free survey services available and a growing set of panel providers,

Implication of Serivanija marketing on customer relationships and brand equity: A lesson for modern

Views - 454 Friday, 29 September 2017 00:00

Today’s world with digital disruptive technologies and mass communication availability has empowered consumers as equals among thousands of powerful companies

Family businesses: Taking over the mantle

Views - 230 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

On 2 August, global strategy consulting firm STAX and Sri Lanka Institute of Directors unveiled the results from the first-ever survey of Sri Lankan family businesses and convened a stimulating panel discussion

COYLE Sampath Bank Chairman’s Forum to focus on futuristic entrepreneurs

Views - 63 Monday, 11 September 2017 00:00

For the fourth consecutive year, the Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs (COYLE) will be hosting the much-awaited Chairman’s Forum on 26 September. Following the theme titled ‘I AM’, this year’s exciting line-up of Sri Lankan entrepreneurs

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Courting democracy; Housing disaster?

Thursday, 15 November 2018

A small step was taken by a sovereign court the day before yesterday. It was a giant leap for the supremacy of the Constitution over all three arms of government in a recently benighted Sri Lanka. As well as being the tangible proof of intra-governme

Sri Lanka’s Judiciary in its finest hour

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“We must never forget that the only real source of power we as judges can tap is the respect of the people” –Justice Thurgood Marshall

When scholars turn slayers of reason

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“… I think, that the intellectual is an individual endowed with a faculty of representing, embodying, articulating a message, a view, an attitude, philosophy or opinion to, as well as for, a public. And this role has an edge to it, and cannot be

A stable democracy is a prerequisite for the wellbeing of Sri Lankans

Thursday, 15 November 2018

In Sri Lanka, despite the complexity of overlapping policies, the slow pace in implementing economic policies has been of central concern in the past few years. The current political state in Sri Lanka poses a series of e

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