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Derek Parker

Derek Parker is a freelance writer based in Melbourne, and a former editor of INTHEBLACK (when it was known as Australian CPA). His reviews and articles, mainly dealing with business issues and current affairs, appear in a wide range of publications in Australia and overseas. His first novel, This Tattooed Land, was published in 2014.

Planning needed for effective negotiating, and much of the hard thinking has to be done even before negotiations begin

The key to a successful negotiation? Start with planning and focus.


Perhaps this quote from Winston Churchill should be borne in mind. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal,” he said. “It is the courage to continue that counts.”

Learn from failure by looking for the seeds of success


According to figures provided by the AAT, last year about 30 per cent of people who took a tax dispute to the Tribunal were represented by their accountant/tax agent.

AAT a potential minefield for tax disputes


"We didn’t disrupt anything. We just expanded the possibilities,” says Jim McKelvey from payment company Square.

Using technology innovation to fight complexity


Much of the current concern for independent auditing has been driven by events in the UK after a series of business failures.

Seeing audit quality in Australia in a new light


New research from a trio of Australian academics shows that proactivity is not always beneficial to the organisation.

5 questions productive employees ask


Red Bull's approach is based on making the existing teams across the organisation as effective, efficient and focused on achievement as possible.

Lessons from Red Bull: how to build a high-performing team


Professor Prabhu Sivabalan believes it might be time to rethink the budgeting process.

New thinking for budgeting forecasts


New research shows that Chinese start-ups look, or will soon look, to overseas markets, and many of them are successfully competing against multinational firms operating in China.

Hidden champions, tech underdogs and driving innovation in China


8 great TED talks on AI