Research Spotlight

Waste in the US government

May 10, 2014
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Waste in the US government

Recent reporting from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicates improvements in fragmentation, overlap and duplication in 11 government activity areas.  The GAO Action Tracker for 2014 presents 64 new actions to consider for improvement in 26 areas including agriculture, defense, economic development, energy, general government, health, homeland security/law enforcement, income security, information technology, international…

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Sustainability and the business model

April 8, 2014
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Sustainability and the business model

A certified B Corporation, Sustainability describes itself as “a think tank and strategic advisory firm, working to catalyze business leadership on sustainability.”  Begun in 1987, the company now has offices in Washington, DC, London, San Francisco, New York, and New Delhi. In this sixty two page report, authors Lindsay Clinton and Ryan Whisnant explore business model innovation as…

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Governments helping business―The EU approach

March 12, 2014
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Governments helping business―The EU approach

Governments use trade policy to assist business, encourage economic growth and to promote other non-trade policy agendas. In this study of selected negotiated agreements between European Union authorities and governmental representatives of developing countries, Doleys argues that the EU obliges trading partners to align with its own competition policies through hegemonic practices.  The EU competition…

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RBV expert expounds on the big picture of strategy

February 10, 2014
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RBV expert expounds on the big picture of strategy

Author, Richard Rumelt, known first for his early work on the Resource-Based View of the firm, presents an easily-consumed book of his view of strategy that is based upon his research and years of consulting experience with a full gambit of companies. Good strategy starts with a clearly focused understanding of the major challenges the…

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The Lean Start-Up Strategy

November 1, 2013
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The Lean Start-Up Strategy

In the May 2013 issue of the Harvard Business Review, Steve Blank discusses the lean start-up approach to launching companies. Using the business model canvas to sketch out hypotheses, he suggests that lean start-ups first search for business models before building elaborate business plans.  These models are hypothesis driven and depend upon experimentation and feedback…

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Focus―high performance and fulfillment

November 1, 2013
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Focus―high performance and fulfillment

Author Daniel Goleman is known as the author of the 1995 book on Emotional Intelligence, a work that changed how managers look at IQ scores and their significance to performance.  In this new book, Goleman suggests that attention is the secret to performance and fulfillment.  His work uses empirical research and observation to conclude that…

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Management across the generations―the arrival of the Millennials

October 1, 2013
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Management across the generations―the arrival of the Millennials

Authors Karsh and Templin, both working at JB Training Solutions, offer a guideline for generational management, oriented toward the Millennial generation.  This timely book provides interesting insights into the differences that drive each generation, with suggested action approaches for bridging the understanding. The four groups addressed (Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials) find themselves…

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Evaluating Internet sources

October 1, 2013
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Evaluating Internet sources

Finding appropriate supporting documentation for discussion forums and strategic plans is an important skill that many of our students may not have mastered.  The University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire presents a list on their library website that might prove useful as a reminder of what is considered valid information.  Ten items are presented: content,…

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Richard D’Aveni and 18 American CEOs―mapping America’s economic revival

September 1, 2013
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Richard D’Aveni and 18 American CEOs―mapping America’s economic revival

CEOs worry about more than their corporate profits.  In this ebook companion to his latest book (“Strategic Capitalism: The New Economic Strategy for Winning the Capitalist Cold War”), D’Aveni compiles the unfiltered comments from eighteen of the top US corporate leaders concerning the state of US capitalism.  They offer some of their ideas for returning…

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Internet research tools for learning

September 1, 2013
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Internet research tools for learning

Critical thinking and analysis in a higher education business strategy course are desired competencies that educators assess through a multitude of learning assignments.  Author Alan November is an international leader in educational technology, who began his teaching career as an oceanography teacher.  His consulting company, November Learning http://novemberlearning.com/, works with educators, academic institutions at all…

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