People and Business: What a racket

"SUCCESSFUL RACKETEERS and marketeers have more in common than we think," says Roger Gaspar, the deputy director general of the National Criminal Intelligence Service.

You may agree. Luckily for people in stripy shirts everywhere, the crime- busting Mr Gaspar is merely planning to draw an analogy between organised crime and organised business when he addresses The Marketing Society on 16 March. Mr Gaspar says he will show how criminals use information, how the police manage information to track down criminals, and why the techniques of knowledge management are key to business success.

David Smith, head of knowledge management at Unilever, and David Snowden from IBM Global Services will also address the meeting at the Millennium Conference Centre in London's Harrington Gardens.