Project Management in the Modern Business Environment by Crosby Corporation

Used to be, Project Management was straightforward due to somewhat long-term stable economic and social conditions. In the recent global economic meltdowns, no nation has escaped the effects of the financial crises that continue to stall and even totally disrupt not just individual company operations but the entire economic health of nations.

In spite of the situation, several countries, especially in Asia, have performed well, although the distribution of goods and services has not really served the majority of the populations, in spite of the media-created perception. Under these positive-looking prospects, businesses can thrive. With more dynamic and aggressive plans and new technologies, Project Managers can still provide meaningful and efficient assistance to many old and new business ventures and avoid fraud.

What are some of the innovative Project Management principles we need to consider under the present economic realities? And what are the principles that no longer apply? It would be interesting to point out how the global economic crisis has altered how Project Management has evolved.

Let us look at some principles:

  1. Outsourcing of certain functions

BPO’s (Business Processing Offices) have become a boon for the modern entrepreneurs and corporations. Most anything can be outsourced now – from marketing, customer services, bills payment, accounting, training, programming and a host of other tasks. Aside from freeing a business from overhead costs for maintaining offices and personnel, BPOs also free management from so many man-hours of work which could be utilized to accomplish more productive pursuits.

  1. Harnessing new technology

We all know how the Internet has revolutionized our lives and how we do business. Managing a project must take into consideration how to use modern technology to create entirely new ideas and innovate on existing ways of doing things. Do we have any examples?

The standing joke nowadays refers to such companies that have made billions doing business in fields where they do not have any direct investments or involvement at all in their supposed businesses. Here are a few: Amazon Books – the largest bookstore that does not have one real bookstore; Facebook – the largest social-media provider that does not have any media outfit; YouTube – the largest theater that does not own a single movie house and Lazada  the largest retailer that does not own a single store. Now, is anybody really laughing at these game-changing companies?

  1. Training people

Staff training can be expensive and time consuming. Hiring the right kinds of people who have top-level qualifications can fast-track a company’s growth to a certain extent. However, specialization requires a business to go specific or microscopic. Developing and marketing a real estate project requires knowing details, such as lot sizes, floor areas, loan-interest rates, monthly amortizations and so many others. Again, the traditional methods may no longer be as effective as the present use of high-tech equipment and social media tools. Knowing where to focus and how much to invest on such tools requires experience and financial savvy. In some cases, training may not be necessary as some tasks can already be either outsourced or done electronically with minimal training required.

  1. Job satisfaction

Everyone, whether the lowly employee or the company president, desires to achieve psychological satisfaction from doing a job and doing it well. Although some people tend to slough off through their jobs on a daily basis without even considering whether they are happy with their jobs or not, the Project Manager’s task must involve providing opportunities for workers to achieve a sense of fulfillment in doing their job.

Social relevance and personal advocacy can be two of the criteria to be considered in any project undertaking.  Allowing people to feel they have a stake in the success of the business and the company allows them to develop a more creative approach to their jobs. In the changing fortunes of the present era, there could not be a better reason or a better time to enhance the relevance and importance of a project not just for those who implement the project but also for those who will benefit from it, whether the families of workers, the customers or the public, in general.


Ng Lee Associates Acountants Singapore, Web Services

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Hill & Associates Ltd, Fraud Prevention & Integrity Risk Management, Corporate Intelligence: Contact Us

Hill & Associates has been operating for more than 20 years, with offices in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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Hill & Associates – Security Risk Management: What We Do

Operating in a volatile business environment means challenges can spring up without warning. Deep local knowledge allows us to react swiftly and effectively, no matter where, how or why the crisis has arisen.

We have helped our clients:

  • Carry out a series of threat, vulnerability and risk assessments across a portfolio of hotels
  • Design and train crisis management plans for relevant business risks covering information or cyber security, fires, floods, medical emergencies, earthquakes, civil unrest and bomb/terror threats
  • Manage security and logistics for a corporate event with thousands of attendees
  • Protect personnel during periods of transition, downsizing and restructuring
  • Assess locations and evaluate facilities’ access points, perimeter and environment
  • Provide comprehensive crisis planning, training and including risk assessments for many international schools across Asia

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Security Risk Management

Crisis Management
– Risk Assessment & Contingency Planning
– Crisis Management Training & Support
– Business Continuity Risk Management

Operations & Facility Risk
– Threat, Vulnerability & Risk Assessment (TVRA)
– Security Review
– Technical Security Design
– Capital Projects Risk Management
– Supply Chain Risk Management
– Technical Surveillance Countermeasure (TSCM) Services

Travel & Event Risk Management
– Risk Assessment & Review
– Travel Facilitation & Support
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– Executive, Personal & Family Protection

Corporate Intelligence

Counterparty Risk
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– Strategic & Market Intelligence
– Executive Profiling and Vendor Screening
– Pre-Employment Screening
– Shareholder Action Services
– Litigation Support

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Integrity Risk
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– Fraud and Corruption Enquiries
– Litigation Support

Brand & IP Risk
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– IP & Trade Secret Protection
– Intelligence Gathering and Analysis
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Risk Information

  • GIS (Global Intelligence Service)
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There are more and better hangout spots in Singapore now

Reason Singaporeans No Longer Love Shopping on Orchard Road


Back in the 90s, there weren’t as many centrally-located places where people could hang out. Many of the most popular hangout spots didn’t exist in their current forms.

Hipster cafes did not exist, Tiong Bahru was just a residential estate full of old people, Arab Street was known for the mosque and old school fabric shops instead of sheesha, and the Marina Bay/Marina South area was known for its bowling alleys and kite flying.

Orchard Road was pretty much the only place where you could buy nice clothes or find many mid-range restaurants in one place. While other shopping and dining precincts like Holland Village and Siglap still existed, they were quieter and without the internet people who didn’t live close by had few ways of knowing their way around.

These days, let’s face it, there are about a million places more appealing to spend your weekend at than Orchard Road. If you’re into cafe hopping, you head to Tiong Bahru. If you want to buy hipster clothes, you head to Haji Lane. If you want to buy luxury goods, you head to Marina Bay Sands. If you want to eat at a nice restaurant, you can head almost anywhere else.

Doreen, a 32-year-old marketing manager living in the Upper Bukit Timah area, no longer spends as much of her free time in the city centre.

“My area used to be quite dead, but now with the opening of the new HillV2 mall and the influx of cafes and restaurants at Lorong Kilat, Chun Tin and the Old Fire Station, I prefer to hang out here on weekends than travel to town. I used to spend quite a lot of time at Orchard in my JC and uni days, but go there only once every few months now,” she says.

While Orchard Road is bigger and brighter than it ever was before, so is the rest of Singapore. And frankly, the brashness and boldness of the Orchard Road malls is starting to wear a little thin in comparison.

Do you spend much time shopping on Orchard Road? Tell us why or why not.

Storify: Money & Energy Saving Tips

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There are many things you can do around your home which will help reduce energy use and save money, many of which can be achieved with little or no expenditure at all.



  • Turn your room thermostat down by 1°C and save around 10% on your heating costs without any significant difference in comfort level. The recommended temperature for a living room is 21°C;
  • Drawing your curtains and blinds at dusk helps to keep heat generated in the room. Remember not to cover your radiators if possible – tuck your curtains behind your radiators if possible;
  • Do not put furniture directly in front of radiators as it stops the radiator doing its job;
  • If you have electric storage heaters, remember to close the damper or lower output dial before you go to bed or if you go out during the day;
  • Put up heavy curtains or line curtains with thermal linings to reduce heat loss through your windows; or over open-plan sitting room/staircase layouts;
  • You can eliminate or reduce external drafts by applying an easy to fit brush or seal on your exterior doors. However, you must remember that ventilation is important especially if you have open fires, gas fires or a boiler with a flue;
  • Reduce draughts from letterboxes and keyholes but installing cost-effective covers;
  • You can reduce heat loss in your home by using draft excluders at the base of your doors;
  • If you have an open plan living room area, consider shutting areas off by installing heavy curtains. For example, the heat lost up an open staircase can be greatly reduced by this simple measure;

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The more we know about our industry, the better we can serve our clients and associates. So we partner and build relationships with some of the top industry organizations and we network with the best and brightest professionals in the marketplace today.

Through our strategic partnerships, we are able to attain exclusive educational content, certifications, news, advice and much more!

Here are just a few of the leading organizations with whom we have developed strong affiliations:

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