Monthly Archives: December 2011

Functional App search

December 8, 2011
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Functional App search

  Founded in 2009, Quixey developed the first all-platform functional search engine for apps.  Instead of searching for apps by keyword, users now search for the desired functionality by typing in the search engine what they want the app to do.  Quixey also builds custom app search solutions.  It provides a search plugin for blogs…

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Mentoring for all ages and stages of life

December 8, 2011
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Mentoring for all ages and stages of life

This past month, I came across a couple of articles in my reading that provoked discussions with my colleagues.  If mentoring/coaching is an accepted norm for professional musicians and athletes, what are we doing in our business schools for our experienced academics?  (As an aside, Tiger Woods just won the Chevron World challenge and in…

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Shifting competitive space in broadband

December 8, 2011
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Shifting competitive space in broadband

  The end of year holiday shopping season offers a plethora of competing data-consuming techie gadgets, all of which depend upon the availability of reliable broadband service, in order to function to their fullest capacity. The major cable broadband service providers originally charged flat fees for service, but now must consider both the impact the…

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Online Wiki sites

December 8, 2011
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Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Research the inclusive business models in the IFC report presented under the research section this month.  Prepare a presentation of your findings. Build an argument for increasing the cost per minute usage of internet services provided by the cable company…

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Christensen on reinventing a business model

December 8, 2011
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Christensen on reinventing a business model

  A successful business model, according to Christensen, has three components:  a customer value proposition, a profit formula, and identified key resources and processes.  A model needs changing when:  the customer problem being addressed no longer makes the firm money; tough competitors enter the marketplace; the model no longer changes the industry or market.  Christensen…

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The S C P Framework

December 8, 2011
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The S C P Framework

  The structure-conduct-performance (SCP) framework model is used to explain the effect of industry structure on marketplace conduct and firm performance.  In this interactive video timeline, the McKinsey director emeritus, John Stuckey, demonstrates the McKinsey adaptation of the framework.  The concept of external shocks is introduced into the framework, as well as an explanation for…

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Google teaches Google Search

December 8, 2011
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Google teaches Google Search

Internet search is ubiquitous.  The power of the Google search engine continues to expand exponentially;  keeping up with the various possibilities requires an investment of time.  To assist with the learning curve, Google has created a search education site.  Courses, lesson plans, presentations, slideshows, webinars and specific region materials present the Google search strategy.  A…

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Web 2.0 directory

December 8, 2011
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Web 2.0 directory

Go2Web20 is a searchable Web 2.0 directory of over 3000 application services.  Monitored for accuracy and curated on a regular basis, the search engine is easy to use.  The site’s intuitive design makes for a good visit experience.   Source: Adapted from http://www.go2web20.net/ ; https://www.facebook.com/go2web20?sk=wall; https://www.facebook.com/go2web20?sk=wall#!/orlipage Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook…

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Reinventing business models―the inclusive business

December 8, 2011
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Reinventing business models―the inclusive business

International Finance Corporation (IFC) is part of the World Bank Group. In this white paper, the IFC presents several of its portfolio investment stories that represent inclusive business models.  IFC states that inclusive business models “expand access to goods, services, and livelihood opportunities for those at the base of the global economic pyramid in commercially…

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Reinventing company strategy development

December 8, 2011
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Reinventing company strategy development

Michael Jacobides is the Sir Donald Gordon Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School.   Previously, he was a business strategist for Sanofi, the Titan Group, Ernst & Young and Guildhall, before joining the faculties of the Harvard Business School and the Wharton School.  In this…

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