Monthly Archives: March 2004

Room for invention

Written by: Štěpánka Strouhalová Photo by: Věroslav Sixt At first glance, the corporate offices of the Taiza fashion brand don’t look much different from any standard office setting. According to firm director Jana Fialová, however, great attention is paid to the core of the fashion house, and in particular to the designers’ studio, which eloquently…

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Dynamic teamwork

Written by: Renée LeMoine Photo by: Vojtěch Vlk “My team is working on a difficult implementation project that is taking more time than expected. The team is starting to bicker and I feel pressure from the client to make changes that were not originally planned, while still meeting our deadline. There are many factors that…

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Martin Stropnický: Breaking usual stereotypes

Written by: Monika Mudranincová Photo: David Holas Career highlights 1980 completed acting studies at DAMU 1980-90 engagement with Městská divadla pražská and Divadlo na Vinohradech 1993-94 ambassador to Portugal 1994-97 ambassador to Italy January-July 1998 cultural minister 1999-2002 ambassador to the Vatican September 2002 returned to Divadlo na Vinohradech, and starred in the play “Howard…

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CRM – more philosophy than technology

Written by: Petr Vykoukal Implementing Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems without proper advance preparations is like putting the cart before the horse. While CRM’s “introductory stage” is long past, unrealistic expectations among managers are still common. IN THIS COUNTRY we’ve been aware of the term CRM for many years. During that time lots of things…

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ISSUE #100

Written by: Todd F. Shaw Play anywhere Nokia’s N-Gage game deck is an innovative mobile device that is creating an entirely new market for the games industry. Built for active and hardcore gamers, the N-Gage is the first mobile and connected game deck to feature online high-quality 3D multiplayer gameplay over Bluetooth wireless technology and…

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Vaults of public records

Written by: Jiří VašekEven stodgy state institutions – the parliament, the government, the Castle, municipal offices, etc. – have their own web sites. If you need to deal with the government, the internet should be your first consultant before setting out on travails through the offices. http://www.statnisprava.cz This site operated by European Business Enterprise literally…

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Time to get organized

Written by: Kateřina Zapletňuková Photo by: Jan Vágner Roman Sviták ADK came into existence thirteeen years ago thanks to one man’s spirit of enterprise. Today this tenacious firm’s initials can be seen on leather accessories carried by thousands of executives.   AT A CEBIT trade-fair in Hanover in 1990 Roman Sviták was fascinated with the…

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Credit culture comes of age

Written by: Kristýna Havligerová (www.penize.cz) Photo: Petr Poliak, Jan Vágner Olga Pazderová & Jaroslav Veselý Photo: Petr Poliak More than ever before, Czech consumers are taking out consumer loans, buying goods on installment plans, using mortgages to pay for apartments, and buying cars through leasing plans. But indebtedness can be a rude awakening. LAST YEAR…

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Jan Koukal: Back on the scene

Written by: Monika Mudranincová Photo: Jana Labuťová In the nineties, Jan Koukal (52) was one of the most influential men in local politics, serving longer than anyone to date as the Lord Mayor of Prague. This long-standing member of the ODS party ran Prague from 1993 to 1998, and then, after two years in the…

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Gabriel Berdár: Taking it to the next level

Written by: Philippe Riboton & Klára Smolová Photo by: Petr Poliak Eight months ago he took over the closely watched top post at Czech Telecom. In an exclusive interview he talks about what he has accomplished so far, his style of management, and his vision for the future. Gabriel Berdár in the brain of the…

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