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Creative Strategy: A Guide for Innovation From Mind To Method

August 8, 2013 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, INNOVATION, Strategic SpotlightComments (0)

By William Duggan In Creative Strategy: A Guide for Innovation, William Duggan shows how the human mind creates solutions to new problems and then translates that mental method into a series of formal steps that an individual or group can use for innovation of any kind. The mental method is ‘strategic intuition’, which Duggan’s previous …

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6 Keys to Inventory Optimisation

August 8, 2013 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, OPERATION, Finance & Economics, Business Process, Strategic Spotlight, Supply Chain, Supply Chain ManagementComments (0)

By Karin Bursa Many companies around the world have adopted inventory optimisation and those without a formal process are falling behind their competition. Effective companies must factor in the global nature of their business when thinking about reducing

Flexibility to Improve Forecast Accuracy

March 10, 2013 • TECHNOLOGY, OPERATION, Business Process, Digital Transformation, Strategic Spotlight, Supply Chain, Supply Chain ManagementComments (0)

By Karin Bursa To succeed in a business economy shaped by uncertain demand and rapid market changes, companies must be able to sense and adapt quickly. Today, the supply chain is seen as a key enabler of this flexibility. To face this challenge your supply

Making Corporate Learning Work

March 10, 2013 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, Global Business, People Management, Strategic SpotlightComments (0)

By Shlomo Ben-Hur & Nik Kinley Corporate Learning functions are under pressure to deliver like never before. Yet studies have repeatedly shown that business leaders’ satisfaction with the work of their learning functions has remained as low as 20% for

Leading The Capability Revolution

January 11, 2013 • LEADERSHIP, STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, Global Business, Strategic SpotlightComments (1)

By Jonathan Trevor These are revolutionary times, we believe, and our established notions of leadership, many of which are more romantic than functional, must change too in this brave new world if our organizations are to continue to be effective. Existing

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

Effectively Managing Innovation

July 22, 2012 • INNOVATION, SPECIAL FEATURES, Strategic SpotlightComments (0)

By Daniel Evans At EMLYON we have had the opportunity to help develop the innovation efforts for companies around the world. Our combined experience suggests that there are some key factors that must be considered so that these efforts are effective. These

Sales Growth: Five Proven Strategies from the World’s Sales Leaders

July 17, 2012 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, Finance & Economics, Strategic Spotlight, Team ManagmentComments (4)

By Thomas Baumgartner and Maria Valdivieso de Uster Achieving growth is enormously challenging in today’s complex and fast-changing business environment. But growth opportunities do exist for companies with the skill and will to find them. The rise of

Lessons from the Front: A Practitioner’s Guide to Waging War on Complexity

March 22, 2012 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, Strategic SpotlightComments (0)

By Stephen A.Wilson & Andrei Perumal Complexity is now top of the agenda for many Chief Executives. In today’s world—that is, after the financial collapse—companies’ plans for top-line growth are being scrutinized to determine whether they will

Beyond Effectiveness: Attractiveness and Unity as Criteria For Decision-Making in Organizations

January 23, 2012 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, Strategic SpotlightComments (0)

By Josep M. Rosanas Management, has to do with people and getting people together as the first priority. Unfortunately, mechanistic models that assume a behavior has to do only with incentives, profits or value, seem to be the dominating force in the last few