Posts Tagged ‘ innovation ’

Electric motorcycles―innovation and the life cycle

August 4, 2014
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Electric motorcycles―innovation and the life cycle

Harley- Davidson is testing the market for electric motorcycles.  The concept is not new, but Harley-Davidson believes the time may be right for them to enter the market with a premium branded model.  Through a year-long marketing campaign involving eventual customers, the company is taking its grass-roots project on the road under the label, “project…

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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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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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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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Innovation in recycling

March 12, 2014
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Innovation in recycling

Recycling is important in Finland.  As a member of the EU, it is required by the End of Life Vehicle Directive to recycle at least 85% of all vehicles that no longer are road-worthy and 95% by 2015.  At least 85% of each car must be repurposed. After reusable items are removed from the vehicle,…

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Tractor innovation changes the agricultural competitive landscape

October 1, 2013
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Tractor innovation changes the agricultural competitive landscape

Out of necessity, John Deere recognized an opportunity to invent a new tool for tilling prairie land that would improve productivity and therefore sales for his company.  The new design brought sales, but it also opened the doors to new customers who were more accessible by river transportation.  Deere moved his operation in 1847 to…

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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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World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness 2013/2014― US at No. 5

September 1, 2013
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World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness 2013/2014― US at No. 5

The September release of the annual World Economic Forum report on Global Competitiveness shows a marked improvement for the US from the 7th position in 2012 to the 5th position in 2013.  The important drivers of competitiveness this year are strong institutions and innovation.  While the US still remains behind Switzerland, Singapore, Finland and Germany,…

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World Trade in 2013―the WTO report

September 1, 2013
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World Trade in 2013―the WTO report

Pascal Lamy, former DG of the WTO, presents his last report on world trade, shortly before turning over leadership of the organization to Roberto Azevêdo of Brazil.  This important study on the future of world trade and the global trading system, challenges governments and business organizations to see the importance of trade for world development. …

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From idea to sustainability―Caretotell

April 8, 2013
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From idea to sustainability―Caretotell

Patient satisfaction surveys haven’t changed much since the last century.  Paper and pencil is still the most common way to get the job done. Research shows a positive correlation with both revenue and patient satisfaction for those who do conduct these surveys. Few medical practices today, however, are conducting these surveys. Doctors complain that the…

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