The problem with corporate companies is that they are at the mercy of financial markets. Miss a quarterly forecast and your job is on the line. Such is the drive for short term gains long term investment can be pushed aside. CFO's freezing recruitment in the last quarter of a year is a classic example of short term tactic that fluffs up the bottom line at the expense of the medium and long term. Let alone morale. Seems strange that at a time when corporations are awash with cash that they don't invest for the future. SME's would