Video Clips

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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Corporate Rivalry

September 1, 2014
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Corporate Rivalry

Looking at corporate strategy, this brief video presents some major corporate rivalries that transcend the generations:  Apple vs. Samsung, Pepsi vs. CocaCola, Adidas vs. Puma, HP vs. Oracle.  The reason behind these rivalries and the chosen defense weapons illustrates strategy in action at the corporate level.  All of the examples presented are well-known companies. Source: …

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Business obligations to stakeholders

September 1, 2014
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Business obligations to stakeholders

Corporate social responsibility, according to Nancy Koehn of the Harvard Business School, is not a recent discussion.  Several examples in this film, illustrate early roots of the concept that are intricately tied to the business founders:  Josiah Wedgewood, Henry Heinz, and Estée Lauder.  In each of the cases presented, the leader brought the vision, communicated…

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Family business over time–The Stroh Brewing Company

August 4, 2014
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Family business over time–The Stroh Brewing Company

Succession planning plays a significant role in family business sustainability.  In this video clip, Kerry Dolan of Forbes Magazine explains the demise of the family-run Stroh Brewing Company.  She observed that after several generations, family businesses often fail.  In the case of Stroh’s, the fourth generation Chairman, Peter Stroh, ushered in the eventual sale of…

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Apple’s Acquisition Strategy

August 4, 2014
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Apple’s Acquisition Strategy

For the past twenty years, Apple has grown its revenue powerhouse with hardware and software offers through acquisition of relevant businesses.  This approach permits them to expand without having to invent everything themselves.  As it observes competitors, it identifies new markets and buys companies already in the business niche.  The latest purchases include Swell, Beats…

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Linking operation turnaround with passenger flow—government/business relations

May 10, 2014
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Linking operation turnaround with passenger flow—government/business relations

Matthew Hall, Chief Commercial Officer, London City Airport discusses the new tracking software installed at the airport, explaining the impact the data is expected to have on improving the customer experience across the spectrum of services offered.  As an important step in the Internet of Things (IoT) movement, this installation gives the airport access to…

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R&D innovation at Pepsico

May 10, 2014
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R&D innovation at Pepsico

As one of the world leaders in food products, Pepsico relies on its R&D department to innovate products that respond to changing customer tastes and habits. Dr. Mehmood Khan, chief scientific officer at Pepsico, discusses the strategy used in his lab to meet these objectives.  Pepsico operates in over 200 countries and has dozens of…

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European merger faces antitrust hurdles―global dominance in cement

April 8, 2014
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European merger faces antitrust hurdles―global dominance in cement

The two video clips listed in the referenced links discuss the Holcim-LaFarge merger that is currently on the table for review.  Holcim of Switzerland and LaFarge of France have agreed to join forces,with Holcim taking a 53% share in the new business.  These two companies dominate the world cement manufacturing business.  Holcim’s strength is in…

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Saving the environment through merchant banking principles

April 8, 2014
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Saving the environment through merchant banking principles

In this interview with Mark Tercek, CEO of the Nature Conservancy, Thomson-Reuters Associate Editor, Antony Currie explores how stakeholder needs are being fulfilled through the application of merchant banking principles.  The Nature Conservancy acts as the environment’s bank, providing consultancy services to companies to help them achieve financial returns from developing green infrastructure.  Several examples…

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