Posts Tagged ‘ corporate strategy ’

Innovation R&D―PWC weighs in on top strategies for future success

November 5, 2014
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Innovation R&D―PWC weighs in on top strategies for future success

Barry Jaruzelski, senior partner with Strategy&, discusses this year’s iteration of the Global Innovation 1000 research report that first came out in 2005. The study began with a retrospective analysis of the past ten years, including interviews with over 500 hundred innovation leaders across a wide spectrum of industries, locations, and company sizes.  These leaders…

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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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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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Assuring the supply chain–Tesla alliance with Panasonic

August 4, 2014
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Assuring the supply chain–Tesla alliance with Panasonic

Tesla makes luxury electric cars.  In 2017, it plans to deliver a new Model 3 range of cars priced at $35,000 and aimed at the middle market consumer.  These new cars will be cheaper, in large part due to cheaper and more efficient battery packs.  In partnership with Panasonic Corp, Telsa plans to build a…

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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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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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Simplified strategy for the between-times

October 1, 2013
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Simplified strategy for the between-times

Donald Sull, professor of practice at the London Business School, presents a practical approach to designing effective strategy, based upon his research with Kathleen Eisenhardt of Stanford.   In their findings, they observed that companies often used simple rules of thumb to develop strategy to resolve an identified bottleneck to growth.  This clip outlines the three…

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Washington Post under Bezos’ tutelage

September 1, 2013
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Washington Post under Bezos’ tutelage

Jeffrey Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, agreed in August to purchase the Washington Post newspaper from the Graham family, which had owned the paper since 1933. In early September, Bezos met with the newsroom employees for two days to discuss the business and editorial plans he has for the company, once the deal closes…

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