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Who Needs Silicon Valley? Made in Digital Germany is Europe’s Big Hope

March 15, 2017 • TECHNOLOGY, Big Data & Analytics, Editors' Pick, Internet of Things, Strategic SpotlightComments (0)

The industrial and manufacturing landscape of 2025 will be massively different from today and every single “traditional” company has to digitally innovate if it is to survive. German and European manufacturing must co-innovate with the German software industry to preserve its place in the world, says Karl-Heinz Streibich, CEO of Software AG.   Is

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Strategising for the Future

March 2, 2017 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, Global Business, Strategic SpotlightComments (0)

By Joan E. Ricart and Carlos Rey   In this article the authors discuss how organisations can better strategise for the future by integrating and balancing the three logical approaches to strategy: analytical, institutional and systemic. In the current

IT Negotiators: What’s Your Approach?

February 28, 2017 • TECHNOLOGY, Strategic SpotlightComments (0)

By Will Baber and Arto Ojala IT and software industries appear to be collaborative in projects in house and among organisations as they plan and negotiate for mutual benefit. How can skilled, aware negotiators better match up their thinking to avoid

At Your Service: Management with HEART

February 8, 2017 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, SPECIAL FEATURES, Marketing & Consumers, Editors' Pick, Strategic SpotlightComments (0)

Interview with Rommel Gonzales The Bellevue Resort, Bohol, Philippines   “In the hospitality and airline industry, you are not selling rooms, nor selling airline seats. You are selling service.” A man with decades worth of experience in the

The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap

February 1, 2017 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, Editors' Pick, Strategic SpotlightComments (0)

By Harbir Singh and Michael Useem Based on the authors’ new book, The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap, this article stresses that strategic leadership constitutes a skillset that can be learned and mastered across a career. Becoming a strategic leader oneself

Managing Difficult Personalities

January 24, 2017 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, Talent Management, Strategic Spotlight, Team ManagmentComments (0)

By Zahir Irani and Amir Sharif   Taking a lead in handling difficult situations and difficult people can be the hardest part of any management role. In this article, the authors outline ways in which to handle such people and situations to ensure a better

Organisational Identity as the Touchstone for Strategic Decision Making

December 7, 2016 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, Strategic Spotlight, Team ManagmentComments (1)

By John C. Camillus   A firm’s Identity – its core values, enduring aspirations and distinctive competencies – is intended to guide management’s decision making. This article discusses the effective methodologies for translating the values,

Have We Lost the Ability to Listen to Bad News?

December 1, 2016 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, INNOVATION, Emerging Ideas, Strategic SpotlightComments (0)

By Kim E. van Oorschot, Luk N. Van Wassenhove, Kishore Sengupta & Henk Akkermans Research shows that project managers continuously prioritised good vibes (positive, but subjective signals) over bad news (negative, but objective signals), which resulted in

What causes managers to change their business model?

November 27, 2016 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, Global Business, Strategic Spotlight, TransformationComments (1)

By Tina Saebi, Lasse Lien and Nicolai Foss Business models define how companies create, deliver and capture value. But business models are not static – they need to be adapted to changing conditions. This article discusses what causes managers to change

Disrupting the disruption: 10 Principles for Digital Success

July 20, 2016 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, TECHNOLOGY, Strategic Spotlight, TransformationComments (0)

By Chris Outram These ten principles for success will steer the most digitally ambitious organisations (pure-play or hybrid) safely along on the road to digital success.   In the world of digital business, the line between strategy and tactics is