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The Strategy-to-Execution Process: A Critical Component of Transient Competitive Advantage

November 7, 2013 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, OPERATION, SPECIAL FEATURES, Business Process, Strategic Spotlight, TransformationComments (0)

By Jack Calhoun It’s not simply having a good idea that separates marketplace winners from losers – it’s possessing the ability to execute. In fact, it’s no longer about having just one good idea – it’s about having a stream of them – coupled with an operating model that fosters new ideas and is not …

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The End of Competitive Advantage

November 7, 2013 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, Global Business, Editors' Pick, Emerging Ideas, Strategic SpotlightComments (11)

By Rita McGrath Businesses are competing in increasingly volatile and uncertain global situations. Below, Rita McGrath suggests that stability, not change, is the state that is most dangerous in dynamic competitive environments, and argues that the end of

The Hidden Costs In Business Processes

September 8, 2013 • OPERATION, Business Process, Strategic Spotlight, Supply ChainComments (0)

By Richard Ward Most businesses are affected by hidden costs in procurement, distribution, order processing, sales and finance.  Organisations can benefit from a careful review of their business processes, and implementing message integration within their

Security-as-a-Service: At Your Service

September 8, 2013 • INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY, Business Mobility & E-Commerce, Strategic SpotlightComments (0)

By David Sandin David Sandin, product manager of Clavister shows how new approaches to delivering next-generation security can benefit your business.

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

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