Research Spotlight

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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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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