Research Spotlight

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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IMF reports–Data that matters

August 4, 2014
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IMF reports–Data that matters

As a specialized agency of the UN with its own charter, governing structure and finances, the IMF (International Monetary Fund) represents 188 countries.  Its mission is to “work to foster global growth and economic stability by providing policy advice and financing to members in economic difficulties and to work with developing nations to help them…

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Seasonality in decision-making―the July phenomenon in teaching hospitals

August 4, 2014
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Seasonality in decision-making―the July phenomenon in teaching hospitals

Teaching hospitals experience high medical resident turn-over every July, when senior residents leave for permanent positions and junior residents arrive directly from medical school. The authors of this research study investigated hospital productivity over a 16 year period, comparing the efficiency trends in teaching and non-teaching hospitals over the year, as based upon risk-adjusted, average…

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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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