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Industry 4.0: How Businesses in Aargau are Mastering Technological Change

March 25, 2016 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY, SPECIAL FEATURES, Global Business, Industry 4.0, Strategic SpotlightComments (0)

Businesses operating in Switzerland are particularly exposed to global competition. High production costs and the strong Swiss franc mean that they are forced to constantly optimise their business processes. The fourth industrial revolution presents an additional challenge. The high-tech Canton of Aargau offers companies an attractive location for doing

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Why Robots May Not Be Taking Your Job – at least, not in the next 10 years

March 25, 2016 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY, People Management, Editors' Pick, Emerging Ideas, Strategic Spotlight, TransformationComments (5)

How Organisations Can Embrace Automation By Leslie Willcocks In this article Professor Willcocks discusses the reality of robots, what they mean for ‘human’ jobs and how organisation and workers can tap into the benefits of automation. You might also

Change Capability Building

March 17, 2016 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, OPERATION, Global Business, Business Process, Strategic Spotlight, Team Managment, TransformationComments (0)

By David Miller and Audra Proctor The volume and complexity of change that organizations are facing continues to increase, and they cannot risk the negative impacts of not executing their business critical changes. Whether focused on cost reduction, process

Internationalisation in Online Retailing

March 15, 2016 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, TECHNOLOGY, Global Business, Marketing & Consumers, Business Mobility & E-Commerce, Strategic SpotlightComments (1)

By Moritz Hahn and Niccolò Pisani Online retailing is clearly on the rise. In this article the authors offer a snapshot of the current status of online retailing and provide insights on how differences between countries play a fundamental role in shaping

Why Focus Matters to Your Leadership: Understanding Huawei’s Business Strategy

February 9, 2016 • LEADERSHIP, STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, Global Business, David De Cremer on Management, Editors' Pick, Leadership Development, Strategic SpotlightComments (20)

By David De Cremer Contemporary business develops at a rapid pace, with many uncertainties, internationally connected stakeholders, and little latitude to make mistakes. In such a dynamic environment companies need strong leadership to survive and build a

Structure Follows Strategy – But May not Look Like You Imagined

January 20, 2016 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, Business Process, John Sutherland on Leadership and Teamwork, Strategic SpotlightComments (0)

By John Sutherland In the world of structural design, one size does not fit all. It pays massive dividends to get the structure fit for the purpose and strategy of your very specific business. In this article, John Sutherland discusses the seven structural

What We (Think We) Know May Not Be So

January 20, 2016 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, INNOVATION, Editors' Pick, Emerging Ideas, Strategic SpotlightComments (0)

How to Get (More of) What You Want in Negotiations By Margaret A. Neale and Thomas Z. Lys The results of empirical research on the performance of negotiators offers many surprising, and often counterintuitive findings that are often at odds with the commonly

Change as Strategy

January 20, 2016 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, OPERATION, Global Business, Business Process, Editors' Pick, Strategic Spotlight, TransformationComments (0)

By Walter McFarland This article suggests that some traditional approaches to organisational change are obsolete – and recommends a new approach focused on creating new types of organisations optimised for change and changing. These ‘change-focused’

Negotiating Advice for Women: The Problem-Solving Conversation

January 20, 2016 • LEADERSHIP, SPECIAL FEATURES, Women in Leadership, MBA & Executive Education, Strategic SpotlightComments (0)

“You can’t improve on a skill that you’re avoiding,” says Wharton management professor Nancy Rothbard. “Many people shy away from negotiations because they associate them with conflict, but voiding them means you’ll never get better at it.” You

Impact of Digital on How We Implement Change

November 20, 2015 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, TECHNOLOGY, Global Business, Internet of Things, Social Media, Strategic Spotlight, TransformationComments (0)

By Audra Proctor No one doubts the effectiveness of face-to-face workshops for organisational change implementation. But the practicality of things, such as, availability, time, expense and choice of venue, to name a few, makes running training workshops a