Research Spotlight

Cluster thinking updated

March 3, 2015
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Cluster thinking updated

Guzman and Stern believe that the quality of entrepreneurial ventures is the critical factor that distinguishes entrepreneurial growth patterns, rather than the number of these ventures in a given region. Looking at California for-profit business registrations and USPTO data over the period 2001 to 2011, they studied outcomes based upon a set of start-up characteristics…

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Global trends for strategic planning

March 3, 2015
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Global trends for strategic planning

PwC studies global trends.  As a business consultancy, they advise governments and businesses on international strategy positions.  In a recent whitepaper, they present a framework for understanding the complexity of events facing the strategy planner.  This exhibit shows the five megatrends juxtaposed with ten situations in which they have and will interact.  By forecasting the…

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The DHL Global Connectedness Index

February 1, 2015
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The DHL Global Connectedness Index

Global connectedness is good for business, for humanity and for world peace.  DHL released its 2014 study based on the period from 2011 to 2013.  Looking at cross-border flows of people, information, trade and capital, the DHL Global Connectedness Index ranks 140 countries by globalization levels.   Three additional dimensions provide a deeper view of the…

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Customers and innovation in the CPG industry

February 1, 2015
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Customers and innovation in the CPG industry

Why are failure rates for new products so high?  The authors of this article blame the complexity of the retail environment.  E-commerce fosters changes in business models and consumer shopping habits are shifting toward convenience.  Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies have trouble with knowing on what basis their customers base their buying propensity. The R&D…

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Leadership skills in global environments

November 5, 2014
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Leadership skills in global environments

In a joint study conducted by the American Management Association and I4CP, investigators surveyed 1000 HR executives and senior business leaders from 57 countries to determine what leadership development initiatives were being implemented to help with global awareness and acuity.  The survey concluded that fewer than 20% felt that they had successful global leadership development…

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Africa―a PESTEL review

November 5, 2014
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Africa―a PESTEL review

Environmental scanning tools, such as the PESTEL, are the basis for understand the relevant external macro-economic factors that constrain company strategic choices.  When looking at the marketing decision in terms of geographic alternatives, understanding local customs and business is essential.  In August of this year, President Obama brought together in Washington, DC, the leaders of…

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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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Demographic changes bring opportunities

September 1, 2014
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Demographic changes bring opportunities

America’s workforce values affordable housing.  Recent trends indicate that workers are drawn to cities where housing values are higher for less money.  In these new suburban areas, the size of lodging available in addition to the quality of life is rising.  New urban areas around city centers such as San Antonio, TX, Oklahoma City, OK,…

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Warren G. Bennis―the crucible moments that make great leaders

September 1, 2014
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Warren G. Bennis―the crucible moments that make great leaders

Warren Bennis died the end of July 2014, leaving a legacy of work in leadership that has been compared to the importance of the Peter Drucker legacy of work in management.  Many of his books and articles address characteristics of leaders across generations, including this September 2002 Harvard Business Review article on the Crucibles of…

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