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Business or pleasure? Corporate travel should be both
After reading my colleague Madanjit’s recent post about the emotive appeal of travel, I got to thinking: are we underselling corporate travel’s potential for innovation? To me, corporate travel occupies a uniquely exciting position at the juncture...

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Keeping the “black swans” of corporate travel in check
You rarely see disruption coming until it happens. I’m not talking about organisational change here – I’m thinking about far more tangible events, like getting caught up in a natural disaster or a terror threat while abroad. Or, as my newest...

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travel & expense trends
As it turns out, managing your money is a good thing
This won’t come as a surprise to anyone, but, as Oxford Economics recently pointed out, effectively controlling spending is key to boosting performance and efficiency. The surprise, perhaps, is in how CFOs are doing it. Or maybe we should say how...

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T&E Management: Pound-foolish, penny-wise?
In Asia, as I’ve written about before, companies tend to squeeze their travel management companies (TMCs) for the lowest prices and fees possible. From my experience, they’re wasting their time – or at least spending it rather inefficiently. The...

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True innovation lands a product just ahead of the market need
When I joined SAP Concur, we faced two main challenges: customers in Asia didn’t know our product, and they didn’t care. So how does a business open up a market, where self awareness is not there? Facing these challenges taught me that you can...

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business travel
“Duty of care” goes well beyond safety
I recently asked one of my friends from the UK about one of the most sensitive topics known to man: his taxes. He’d spent around 70 days or so in Australia for work over the past few months, and I was curious what this meant for his income status....

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