Monthly Archives: October 2014

Young nation, young entrepreneur, strategy in action―a Ugandan story

October 8, 2014
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Young nation, young entrepreneur, strategy in action―a Ugandan story

Robert Mugabe Mulindwa is a young Ugandan entrepreneur whose story illustrates the necessity for strategic skills, patience, tenacity and vision in a country that today looks much like we might imagine our forefathers faced in the US, when they first arrived and began building our nation. To place this entrepreneur in his setting, it is…

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Philips–spinning off lights for better focus

October 8, 2014
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Philips–spinning off lights for better focus

An industry giant since its founding in 1891 in Eindhoven, Netherlands by the Philips family, the original company specialized in light bulb manufacturing. R&D is at the heart of the company’s success and includes x-ray, radio technology, television, electric shavers, compact audio cassettes, LaserVision optical discs, compact discs, optical telecommunication systems, DVDs, semiconductors, and most…

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Advanced manufacturing and innovation save Northeast Ohio

October 8, 2014
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Advanced manufacturing and innovation save Northeast Ohio

Manufacturing saves northeast Ohio from the devastating unemployment statistics of the recent recession.  This region that traditionally depended upon manufacturing is reinventing itself through innovation in advanced manufacturing techniques.  It contributes over 17% to the total gross product for the state, with healthcare trailing at 11%.  Steady employment increases are linked to successful regional efforts…

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Impending dematurity―indicators and implications

October 8, 2014
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Impending dematurity―indicators and implications

Author John Sviokla makes a case for changing how companies look at value creation.  He demonstrates through a series of examples how established industries morph their core capabilities through responses to dematurity, which is the adoption of many small innovations in a short period of time by multiple companies.  Companies that control and adapt to…

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Powerful viral messages–The world metro map

October 8, 2014
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Powerful viral messages–The world metro map

This superimposed metro map on the world map started out in 2002 as a promotional item for a cartographer’s book of world maps.  It quickly went viral and today can be found imprinted across a wide variety of objects.  Though not the original intent of the book author, Mark Ovenden, the viral phenomenon contributed significantly…

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NPR One

October 8, 2014
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NPR One

NPR has its own app for iOS and Android devices.  Six stations worked together to build the customized app: KPCC-Southern California Public Radio; KQED-Public Media for Northern California; Minnesota Public Radio; WBUR-Boston; WHYY-Philadelphia; and WNYC-New York Public Radio.  The user identifies a local NPR station and then, by marking shows of interest, educates the app…

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Social curating Q&A and blogs

October 8, 2014
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Social curating Q&A and blogs

One of the older curating sites, Quora came online in 2010.  Through this website, the user asks and answers questions on any topic, can write a personal blog, and rates others’ answers.  By educating the website on topics of interest, the feed provides more directed content.  Following topics of interest also reduces the information clutter. …

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Lovejoy couplings―models into products meeting customer needs

October 8, 2014
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Lovejoy couplings―models into products meeting customer needs

In mature industries, companies still innovate.  In this video clip, the importance of meeting customer expectations and needs is vital to Lovejoy’s continuing success.  It designs prototype products, according to customer requests, with an emphasis on efficient models.  Using their own proprietary CAD models, they combine new features that enhance older models, thus permitting them…

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HP splits into two companies

October 8, 2014
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HP splits into two companies

Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, announced the new company focus strategy that begins with the breaking of the company into two separate, publicly traded businesses: (1) personal printer/computers and (2) corporate hardware and services.  Coming on the heels of a successful three year turnaround strategy, Whitman explains how this new strategy permits HP to continue…

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October classroom―focusing strategic plans

October 8, 2014
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October classroom―focusing strategic plans

Any of the completed work from these activities can be converted to face-to-face discussion.   Try adapting the content to your specific course format. Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Explore the video this month on HP and its latest strategy to divide into two separate companies. …

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