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Reclaiming the Battlefield of Consumer Influence

September 20, 2012 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, INNOVATION, Global Business, Marketing & Consumers, Delivering Innovation - Accenture Research, Emerging IdeasComments (0)

By Paul F. Nunes and Joshua B. Bellin Companies are increasingly finding their marketing messages contradicted – or worse, turned against them – by a new set of “advisers.” These online channels, including TripAdvisor, Amazon.com and many more, operate beyond marketers’ control and have great reach and significant power to influence consumer

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Simpler Organisation Designs Improve Company Performance and Employee Motivation

September 20, 2012 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, Global Business, People Management, Strategic Spotlight, Team ManagmentComments (0)

By Simon Collinson, Melvin Jay & Mary Pizzey Walmart earns $400 billion each year by serving over 100 million customers every week in 4,500 retail locations (covering a land-area that is greater than Manhattan) with products from over 100,000 suppliers. A

Transforming the Global Supply Chain

July 22, 2012 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, OPERATION, Global Business, Business Process, Supply ChainComments (0)

By Carlos Cordon and Winter Nie The rise of the emerging economies, fluctuating prices in commodities, the lingering effects of the global financial crisis and an unprecedented series of natural disasters are forcing major transformations in the global supply

Making China Your Top Priority

July 22, 2012 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, INNOVATION, Global Business, Marketing & Consumers, Delivering Innovation - Accenture ResearchComments (0)

By Gong Li, Henry Egan and Andrew Sleigh Companies have never had such an array of options when it comes to investment opportunities in the emerging world. However, as businesses rush to expand their geographic footprint in the next wave of emerging markets,

The Will and Skill to be Strategic

July 17, 2012 • LEADERSHIP, STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, SPECIAL FEATURES, Corporate Governance, Global BusinessComments (0)

By Patrick R. Dailey & Chuck Russell Strategy guidance is a board’s most crucial responsibility. With contemporary directors repeatedly being exhorted to step up their contribution to strategy, the question below tests any Chairman’s confidence in

How Europe Can Rebuild Skills and Generate Growth

July 17, 2012 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, INNOVATION, Global Business, Delivering Innovation - Accenture ResearchComments (0)

By Tim Cooper, Athena Peppes, Mark Purdy and Matthew Robinson Europe is facing a jobs and unemployment crisis that is unprecedented in recent times You might also like: Reinvention: Critical to Business Success, but not Always Obvious Conflict Contagion: A

The Employee Owned Business Model During Growth and Adversity: How Well Does it Hold Up?

July 17, 2012 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, Global Business, Finance & Economics, Succession PlanningComments (0)

By Joseph Lampel, Ajay Bhalla & Pushkar P. Jha Criticism of modern corporate capitalism in the wake of the current economic crisis is reawakening interest in alternative ownership and governance models such as employee owned businesses (EOBs). EOBs are

Social Media Strategy: Learning from the Online Cola War

May 20, 2012 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, TECHNOLOGY, Global Business, Social MediaComments (1)

By Fang Liu and Willem Smit The battle between Coca-Cola and Pepsi1 has been one of the longest and most arduous in the history of brand competition. Over the years, these cola wars have been fought over distribution, mass-advertising via in-store

Bigger is no Longer Better: Complexity and the New Frontier

May 20, 2012 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, OPERATION, Global Business, Finance & Economics, Business ProcessComments (0)

By Andrei Perumal, Kelly Jones & Ann Bryan The world has changed – and complexity has emerged as one of the defining issues of our time.   You might also like: Reinvention: Critical to Business Success, but not Always Obvious Conflict Contagion: A

Walking the New Corridors of Power: Positioning your Business for the Era of Emerging-Market Integration

May 20, 2012 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, INNOVATION, Global Business, Delivering Innovation - Accenture ResearchComments (0)

By Mark Purdy, Athena Peppes, Armen Ovanessoff & Kuangyi Wei Over the past decade, the corridors of trade and investment have increasingly been occupied by emerging markets—engaging with each other, “E2E.” This development is bound to upset