The third edition of the SME Barometer, a study carried out by PME Magazine, identifies limiting beliefs in Portuguese SMEs that prevent them from growing. The level of knowledge and training that the decision-makers of SMEs show to have is still very limited. SMEs' access to quality education is a critical factor for the competitiveness of companies.
The combination of family and business results in a potent mixture, but this does not mean that it is necessarily negative. Alexandre Dias da Cunha, Coordinator of the Family Business Management programme at Nova SBE, explains the unique potential of this type of business and leaves four recommendations to boost its results.
People (59.9%), sustainability (52.4%) and sales (47.7%) were the three main challenges defined by the micro, small and medium-sized companies that took part in the second edition of the PME Magazine Barometer, a periodic study carried out by PME Magazine in collaboration with More Results, a market research specialist, that in this edition had the partnership of Iberinform, specialist in integrated and customized risk management solutions, and Nova SBE Executive Education.
Negotiation processes characterised by high tension and confrontation are recurrent and represent losses for both parties. In this article, we have compiled some tips from Professor Luís Almeida Costa on how to avoid escalating conflicts and create a constructive negotiation atmosphere.