Beefing up strategic defenses through acquisition

April 8, 2014
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Beefing up strategic defenses through acquisition

Lego is the world’s leader in snap-to construction block toys.  Mattel is the world’s leader in toys, but it did not have a competing product for the Lego blocks.  Recently, Mattel reached an acquisition agreement with MEGA Brands of Canada in which it will pay $460 million for the company, giving it the MEGA BLOKS…

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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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AmEx spins corporate travel into a joint venture

April 8, 2014
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AmEx spins corporate travel into a joint venture

Since 2011, AmEx revenue from travel commissions and fees has dropped by approximately 3%.  Recognizing a shift in business and consumer purchasing habits, the company is refocusing its efforts on consumer business.  For corporate travel business, it is creating a joint venture with an outside investor group under the leadership of Certares International Bank LLC. …

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Changing courses―the minimum feature set

March 12, 2014
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Changing courses―the minimum feature set

Steve Blank is a veteran entrepreneur who now teaches entrepreneurship and is known for “the Lean LaunchPad” approach to teaching entrepreneurship as a management science.  As Blank notes, early adopters are more interested in the vision than in an extensive feature set.  Using them to get early feedback on your product will make the development…

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Oysters and business models―the loss leader pricing strategy

March 12, 2014
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Oysters and business models―the loss leader pricing strategy

Oyster farms populate nearly all of the US states that have access on the salty waters of the oceans and gulfs.  These farms replace the wild oyster beds that no longer have enough output to meet consumer demand, due in part to human destruction of their environment.  Oysters grow in the brackish waters of estuaries. …

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March classroom―sustainability in strategic choices

March 12, 2014
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March classroom―sustainability in strategic choices

Any of the completed work from these activities can be converted to face-to-face discussion.   Try adapting the content to your specific course format. Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Conduct a study of recycling companies in your region.  What is being recycled and what is being…

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