Saturday, September 12, 2009

Inside the pilot room of an Airasia Boeing 737 aircraft - Picture Description


I had a chance to enter and have a look closely to a modern and sophisticated Boeing 737 aircraft belongs to Airsia in September 2009. A pilot room also called a cockpit is the area, near the front of an aircraft, from which a pilot with his co-pilot or a flight assistant or a flight technician controls the aircraft operation. It was an unforgetable experience for me. Read More......

Doing Business 2009 in Indonesia

Source: The World Bank (2009)

Doing Business 2009 is the sixth in a series of annual reports investigating regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 181 economies, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, over time. A set of regulations affecting 10 stages of a business’s life are measured : starting a business, dealing with construction permits, employing workers, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and closing a business. Data in Doing Business 2009 are current as of June 1, 2008*. The indicators are used to analyze economic outcomes and identify what reforms have worked, where, and why.

The Doing Business methodology has limitations. Other areas important to business such as an economy’s proximity to large markets, the quality of its infrastructure services (other than those related to trading across borders), the security of property from theft and looting, the transparency of government procurement, macroeconomic conditions or the underlying strength of institutions, are not studied directly by Doing Business. To make the data comparable across economies, the indicators refer to a specific type of business, generally a local limited liability company operating in the largest business city. Because standard assumptions are used in the data collection, comparisons and benchmarks are valid across economies. The data not only highlight the extent of obstacles to doing business; they also help identify the source of those obstacles, supporting policymakers in designing reform.

The data set covers 181 economies: 46 in Sub-Saharan Africa, 32 in Latin America and The Caribbean, 25 in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, 24 in East Asia and Pacific, 19 in the Middle East and North Africa and 8 in South Asia, as well as 27 OECD high-income economies as benchmarks.

The following pages present the summary Doing Business indicators for Indonesia. The data used for this country profile come from the Doing Business database and are summarized in graphs. These graphs allow a comparison of the economies in each region not only with one another but also with the “good practice” economy for each indicator.

The good-practice economies are identified by their position in each indicator as well as their overall ranking and by their capacity to provide good examples of business regulation to other countries. These good-practice economies do not necessarily rank number 1 in the topic or indicator, but they are in the top 10.

More information is available in the full report. Doing Business 2009 presents the indicators, analyzes their
relationship with economic outcomes and recommends reforms. The data, along with information on ordering the report, are available on the Doing Business website (

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Strategies for Business Building (Part 1)

Each person has their own way in starting and building their business. Nurdin has a large enough financial capital, then with that capital he builds his business. Rukaiyah also has some skills such as sewing skills, so she builds a convection business. Azlan has a strategic place which is a store that is located at the crossroads in the center of a crowd of a new market, so he opens his grocier business there. Shukri invited by a wealthy businessman from overseas to help him become a partner to open a business in Shukri's place. So Shukri also sees a good chance of business and takes that opportunity to manage the business. There are nothing wrong with them.

In starting or building a business , there are at least 6 strategies you can use:

1. Resource-based strategy
2. Competency-based strategy
3. Market-based strategy
4. Opportunity-based strategy
5. Competition-based strategy
6. Partnership-based strategy

Resource-Based Strategy

This is perhaps the oldest strategy in building a business. A mangoes businessman may initially interested into the business because he inherited the land that is very fertile and very broad in his home village who planted good quality mangoes. He has a superior seeds, money, equipment and so on that support to build such a business.

Included in the category of resource-based strategy here is all resources-based strategy owned by a person to build a business, not including the capabilities or competencies that will be described separately in other sections later on. Among the resources are:

- The strategic geographic location
- Financial resources
- Equipment and technology
- Natural Resources
- The number of labor
- Facilities and infrastructure (infrastructure)
- And the like

Basically, with these resources on hands, someone will enable to build his business. Of course, building a business based on only one resource will not be so strong but fragile. Especially in a a very high competitive environment. Therefore, a businessman needs to combine several strategies depending on his ability to formulate and apply these strategies into a real work.

In this case, resource-based strategies can be combined with competency-based strategy or the market and so on. Read More......
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