The last decades have brought a dramatic change in the external environment for almost every business. What has been a fairly stable and predictable landscape for a very long time has become a mix of dynamic, ever-changing and unpredictable forces. It is almost common sense now that the traditional approach to strategy, which builds on […]
Why strategic plans fail
It is almost common sense that many strategic plans fail to deliver the expected results. Richard Marker, who has worked as a strategic planner in private and non-profit sectors, shares his own observations about this problem in his article Why Strategic Plans Fail.
Leading strategic initiatives under uncertainty
At first glance, this seems to be an article about uncertainty and how to handle it in the context of strategy. However, it actually is about governing strategic initiatives. The key question is: What is the best way to move from a company strategy to … a stream of initiatives that will deliver it? The […]
Lessons from Successful Serial Acquirers – Unlocking Acquisitive Growth
Growth through acquisitions has no guarantee for success. Results seem to fluctuate from ‘best thing we ever did’ to complete failure. Despite this risk, M&A transactions remain a key growth strategy for many corporations, especially large and global ones.
Adaptability – The New Competitive Advantage
Adaptability: The New Competitive Advantage is an article from Harvard Business review about four organizational capabilities to attain adaptive advantage. The need for these new capabilities comes from the high level of uncertainty that poses a tremendous challenge for strategy making these days.
New Bases of Competitive Advantage
New Bases of Competitive Advantage: The Adaptive Imperative is an article from the Boston Consulting Group about the changing nature of competitive advantage. It points out that the traditional bases of competition need to be supplemented by six new bases of advantage. One of them is adaptive advantage.
Conceptual Management Tools
Conceptual Management Tools – A Guide to Essential Models for Knowledge Workers: This 38 pages paper provides an in –depth analysis of management tools in the context of knowledge workers.
Japanese management practices
Japanese Management 20 years on – This report discusses the contemporary relevance of Japanese management practices to managers, policymakers and academic researchers.