Books we publish

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Hughes Consulting publish books and software.

Information and Institutions of Government Accountability

Information and Institutions of Government Accountability by Len Cook and Robert Hughes scrutinises the consequences of weak government accountability, and the costs this imposes on some it its citizens. Citizens have successfully challenged government and instituted new information sources with improved outcomes.

Drawing on examples of past failures of the New Zealand government towards its citizens, Information and Institutions of Government Accountability presents the case for improved accountability. It concludes with a description of a new institutional structure needed to oversee the provision of trustworthy information provided by government.

A copy of Information and Institutions of Government Accountability can be purchased by following the hyperlink in the text.

Strategic Economic Relationships: Contracts and Production Processes

It matters to an organisation, whether a buyer or supplier, that appropriate contracts are used. There are specific conditions that determine the appropriate choice of contractual relationship. These conditions include the production processes used by the buyer and supplier. Certain contract types are best suited to specific production processes. Therefore, misalignment of contract type diminishes the core competencies of the organisation, consequently its competitive advantage, and its economic value.

Strategic Economic Relationships: Contracts and Production Processes provides practical guidance in the form of:

  • A framework to distinguish different contract types, and
  • Analytical tools to determine the appropriate contract type for the specific conditions facing the organisation.

Examples are drawn from the private and public sectors especially as applied two the construction and infrastructure, and information technology/management sectors – sectors characterised by their complex production processes.

A copy of Strategic Economic Relationships: Contracts and Production Process can be purchased by following the hyperlink in the text.

The Drive of Business: Strategies for Creating Business Angles

We also publish The Drive of Business: Strategies for Creating Business Angles by Robert Hughes. The Drive of Business sets out the principles underpinning the creation and leveraging of core competencies, and the design of multi-sided platform businesses. These principles are useful to answer questions such as:What are the alternative business models available for start-ups?

  • What are the business models available for a business in crisis?
  • Why is there a range of different business models?
  • What are the trade-offs between different business models?
  • How can understanding the determinants of a business model be used to create competitive advantage?
  • What are the various sources of business value that underpin core competencies?
  • How can these be used to leverage existing core competencies into new opportunities?
  • How are multi-sided platforms created and sustained?
  • What are the different ways to exploit a perceived business opportunity and what are the different strategies available to do this?

A copy of The Drive of Business can be purchased by following the hyperlink in the text.

Multisided platform simulation software

 Much of the work undertaken by Hughes Consulting involves econometric analysis and modeling. A simulation model for multisided platforms with positive cross-group effects is available by following the hyperlink in the text.

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