Posts Tagged ‘ international ’

Allergan in takeover battle―strategy tactics

May 10, 2014
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Allergan in takeover battle―strategy tactics

Canadian pharmaceuticals company, Valeant, wants to take-over Allergan, an American company based in Irvine, California.  Behind this battle is Pershing Square Capital Management hedge fund owner, Bill Ackman, who recently purchased 10% of Allergan’s stock just prior to Valeant’s $46 billion bid for Allergan.  Allergan responded to the attack with a poison pill defense in…

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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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Richard D’Aveni and 18 American CEOs―mapping America’s economic revival

September 1, 2013
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Richard D’Aveni and 18 American CEOs―mapping America’s economic revival

CEOs worry about more than their corporate profits.  In this ebook companion to his latest book (“Strategic Capitalism: The New Economic Strategy for Winning the Capitalist Cold War”), D’Aveni compiles the unfiltered comments from eighteen of the top US corporate leaders concerning the state of US capitalism.  They offer some of their ideas for returning…

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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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Management competencies going forward past 2013

September 1, 2013
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Management competencies going forward past 2013

Stéphane Garelli, IMD professor and director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center in Switzerland, is an economist and authority on competitiveness.  Speaking at the Innotown Innovation Conference in Aalesund, Norway in June of this year, Garelli discusses his observation of the “new normal” phase of world markets and the competencies and skills he believes managers…

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March classroom activities―dominant design and competitiveness strategy

March 11, 2013
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March classroom activities―dominant design and competitiveness strategy

Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Examine an industry that is centered on a dominant design.  Review the historical underpinnings that lead to the initial success of the company that forged the dominant design strategy.  Examine the competitors and their evolution.  Has the configuration of competitive…

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Exporting and business survival

March 11, 2013
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Exporting and business survival

New consumers around the world want products.  Companies need to figure out how to leverage their global footprint in order to capture new market shares.  Foreign business in countries such as Denmark may be small, but their exporting activity is in excess of 40% of the country’s GDP.  The US no longer dominates the world…

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Economic woes in the Eurozone

March 11, 2013
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Economic woes in the Eurozone

The Eurozone economy continues to wallow in dismal results.  Inflation fell to 1.8% in February, but unemployment overall rose to 11.9% in January, which represents 19 million people out of work.  The unemployed include 23.6% of youth under 25 years of age.  Consumer demand dropped and the Markit Eurozone Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index, at 47.9…

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Gold rush again in the California Sierra Nevada mother lode

February 5, 2013
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Gold rush again in the California Sierra Nevada mother lode

Gold-mining returns to California after a six decade hiatus.  Canadian company, Sutter Gold Mining Inc., controls mining rights to approximately 3.6 miles of the California Mother Lode Gold Belt in Amador County, California.  The primary focus today is the Lincoln-Comet zone of the Lincoln Project that is at the heart of the Mother Lode region. …

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Anglo American Minas-Rio iron ore mine is regulatory trouble

February 5, 2013
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Anglo American Minas-Rio iron ore mine is regulatory trouble

Iron ore mining costs rise beyond control for Anglo American’s Minas-Rio Brazil project.  Permit and licensing difficulties with the Brazilian government led the company to write down $4 billion in the project value this month.  This may be the first of other write downs, as costs continue to rise over three times beyond the original…

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