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Just over a year on from the onset of the credit crunch, and the slowdown in the global economy, the threat of inflation and high oil prices continue to cast a long shadow over corporate profitability and the ability of executives to manage their businesses. World financial markets remain jittery and susceptible to further shocks from the banking system. Consumer confidence is undermined by weakness in the housing and mortgage markets.
Yet against all this, opportunities for growth still exist for those small-to-mid sized companies that are innovative, competitive and nimble. From enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, customer relations management, product-life management and supplier relationship management, the use of technology and business software solutions can help companies stay ahead of their competitors and ride out the economic downturn.
Read this SAP-sponsored selection of articles, each of which appeared in the pages of the Financial Times, for an overview on business growth in an economic downturn.
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