Increasingly, corporate strategies have to be seen in a global context. Even if an organization does not plan to import or to export directly, management has to look at an international business environment, in which actions of competitors, buyers, sellers, new entrants of providers of substitutes may influence the domestic market. The Porters Diamond model […]
Different customers may perceive one and the same product or service in different ways. A customer’s perception of an offering may even deviate from what the producer or service provider or marketer had intended. This may cause serious problems in today’s attention economy. Everybody is exposed to more and more diverse information than ever before. […]
By Dr. Dan Herman Once your Blue Ocean Strategy works, sooner or later someone will copy or even improve your already successful model, and your ocean will become red again. The critical question is: what can be done which is immune from imitations? Apparently the principle is simple. Introducing the Unfair Advantage.
By Dr. Dan Herman Are you an MBA Clone? I challenge you to read my article titled: “Test Yourself: Are You an MBA Clone?“. Take the short test and find out if you are an MBA Clone. If you’ve been diagnosed as one, I strongly suggest that you consider de-cloning, ASAP. De-cloning is possible, painless […]
By Dr. Dan Herman Standardization in MBA programs results in a similarity in the professional approach and managerial thinking of their graduates. Thus, many executives today turn into “MBA clones.” In our hyper-competitive markets, MBA clones pose an imminent and tangible threat to the competitiveness of the companies they work for. What about you? Do […]
By Dr. Dan Herman Allow me to shorten for you an old but not outdated joke. A new divorcee, first-hand from an advertising professional, asks her new partner, a minute before getting into bed together, to be gentle with her because she is still a virgin. “But you were married…” the man wonders. “Yes” the […]
The PEST analysis has proven to be a flexible and easy to understand tool in the context of strategic planning. As with any other tool, the real value of the PEST analysis depends on the way it is used. Hence, the following article not only describes the content of this tool, it also provides advice […]
by Jerry W. Thomas What is a brand, and why do brands matter? What is brand equity or a brand franchise? And how do you measure and manage brand equity to maximize profits over the long term? Let’s first explore the notion of a brand and speculate about its origins.
This article has the objective to analyze and to discuss selected problems and barriers related to the strategic planning process. Those problems and barriers for a sound strategic planning process have been indentified in both the academic and the business literature.
By Dagmar Recklies Strengths – Weaknesses – Opportunities – Threats When I started to write this paper about the SWOT-model, I compiled theory and researched literature. This is part 1 of this paper. However, after several years of practical experience with the SWOT, I found this was not enough. I have worked as a consultant […]