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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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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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February classroom activities―innovation as competitiveness necessity

February 5, 2013
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February classroom activities―innovation as competitiveness necessity

Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Choose two countries listed on the Big Mac index discussed in this month’s Tech Tips.  Conduct a PESTEL analysis of the factors relevant to the fast food industry in each country.  Does the Big Mac index provide any insight?  Explain.…

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Competition in the MOOC-sphere

January 14, 2013
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Competition in the MOOC-sphere

This past fall, I audited Chuck Eesley’s Stanford Venture Lab MOOC course, “Technology Entrepreneurship.”  With more than 34,500 students listed in the system, the experience provided an interesting view of what works in this MOOC environment.  In the LinkedIn dedicated group, one of the students asked about the kind of competitive relationship that exists among…

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January classroom activities―innovation & competitiveness

January 14, 2013
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January classroom activities―innovation & competitiveness

Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Choose two of the countries listed in the WEF Global Competiveness Index 2012-13 and the Global Innovation Index 2012 studies presented in this month’s research section.  Compare and contrast the data provided and conclusions made.  What does this information suggest…

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Intellectual Property filings on the rise

January 14, 2013
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Intellectual Property filings on the rise

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published its findings for 2011.  While global total filings are increasing (2.13 million patents/ 4.2 million trademarks), China now files the most patent and trademark applications in the world.  France is responsible for the largest number of repeat patents being filed for the same technology in different parts of…

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AkzoNobel on innovation–“tomorrow’s answers today”

January 14, 2013
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AkzoNobel on innovation–“tomorrow’s answers today”

Will Beacham, Deputy Editor and London Bureau Chief for the weekly industry title ICIS Chemical Business, discusses AkzoNobel’s innovation strategy with CEO, Hans Wijers, and CIO, Graeme Armstrong.  They evoke the three long term trends that underlie the AkzoNobel strategy: demographics, globalization, and sustainability.  Looking to benefit both society in general and its customers in…

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Fresh & Easy to leave the US market?

January 14, 2013
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Fresh & Easy to leave the US market?

After five years of stiff competition for its Fresh & Easy brand in the US, Tesco Plc. announced in December that it is reviewing its commitment to staying in the US market.  Returning to its roots in the UK, Tesco CEO, Phil Clarke is positioning the firm to service its home market first and then…

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December classroom activities―the details make a difference

December 4, 2012
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December classroom activities―the details make a difference

Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Disruptive innovation in the nonprofit environment is the subject of this month’s news article.  Choose two other nonprofits in which disruptive innovation can be identified.  Describe the company and its innovation.  What makes it disruptive?  Is this a sustainable contribution? …

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