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The 4 P’s: Saving 25% of Meeting Time

By John Sutherland Ineffective meetings are the bugbear of many organisations. In this article, John Sutherland, Director of Strategic resource introduces and discusses the 4...

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

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,...

Segmenting for Success – From Value Chain Theory to Everyday Execution

By Sean Culey Theory has little value unless it can be successfully translated into everyday execution. “Real artists ship.” Scrawled on an easel in January 1983 by...

The Practice Of Strategy

By Carlos Rey Peña and Joan E. Ricart What is strategy? In this article, the authors view strategy as a discipline that harmonizes business model...

International Facility Management

By Kathy O. Roper Kathy O. Roper discusses the growing field of Facility Management and charts how it has evolved over the last 25 years...

Clarifying Strategy is Simple. Aligning Your Organisation is Not

By R. Lynch, A. Roman and G. Mac Criosta A clearly defined and accessible business strategy is crucial to any organisation’s ability to optimally align...

A Transformation Manifesto

By Richard Lynch and Jack Calhoun Transformation is not about external forces, they are inevitable. It’s not about reorganisations, they don’t work. There are more...

Innovative Technologies in Aviation Logistics

Due to the fierce competition caused by the economic downturn, rising fuel costs and growing customer demand, airfreight companies are forced to look for...

The Globally Integrated Enterprise: Developing Enterprise Integration as a Strategic Capability

By Maximilian Chowanetz and Sia Siew Kien Many large enterprises have embarked on enterprise integration (EI) initiatives in recent years. Below, Maximilian Chowanetz and Sia...

Structure Follows Strategy – But May not Look Like You Imagined

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...

Flexibility to Improve Forecast Accuracy

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...

The Four Challenges of Supply Chain Transparency

By Steve New and Dana Brown In this article we examine a key business question: how much should organizations know about their extended supply base,...

The Spreadsheet Sabotage and its Impact on Supply Chains

By Karin L. Bursa Although many employees are not properly trained to use them, spreadsheets are used by the a huge number of businesses worldwide...

Performance Management Systems in Mexico: The Dual Logics of Evaluating Performance

By Anabella Davila & Marta M. Elvira Understanding Performance Management systems implementation is critical for multinationals operating in countries with contrasting cultures. For firms...

Talent Management 2.0: Transformation Powered By People

By Amber Román and Richard Lynch In “Moving Beyond the Anecdotal: What Will It Take To Create Your Digital 2.0 Business Model,” we discussed our...

Transformers: Supply Chain 3.0 and How Automation will Transform the Rules of the Global...

By Sean Culey From the 1960’s up until the 1990’s Western manufacturing companies were out-performed by new levels of quality, cost and efficiencies emanating from...

Understanding and Mastering Complexit

By Wolfgang Amann, Christoph Nedopil & Ulrich Steger Complexity is re-emerging as a topic in top management. A combination of factors, such as the severe...

Transforming Procurement to Achieve Competitive Advantage in the Coming Decade

By P. Spiller, N. Reinecke, D. Ungerman & H. Teixeira In this article, the authors argue that procurement must be transformed to meet the challenges...

Mapping and Strategising Across Business Ecosystems

By Hervé Legenvre and Isabelle Herbet Business ecosystems are the new unit of analysis for strategic thinking; they offer fertile grounds for innovation. This article...

Making 3D printing work for you: Defining Business Models for Additive Manufacturing

By Matthias Holweg, Kai Hoberg, Frits K. Pil, Jakob Heinen   Companies struggle to define the value proposition 3D printing brings: While the opportunities for...

Change as Strategy

By Walter McFarland This article suggests that some traditional approaches to organisational change are obsolete – and recommends a new approach focused on creating new...

The Digital Revolution is an Evolution for the Outsourcing Industry

By Mike Salvino Digital technology has transformed virtually every industry, affecting the way companies serve customers, manufacture products,

Solving Marketing’s Inventory Crisis

By Paul F. Nunes and Joshua Bellin Just-in-time manufacturing was adopted shortly after World War II to save companies from drowning in excess inventory as...

The Challenges of Global S&OP

By Karin Bursa What do you want to achieve? Where does your company want to be in 12, 18, 24 months? Do you know? If...

The 7 Keys to Unlocking Organisational Greatness

By Sean Culey Sean Culey, member of the European Leadership Team of the Supply Chain Council and CEO of business improvement consultancy SEVEN Collaborative Solutions,...

Predictive Analytics: New-generation Strategic Decision Support

By Tobias Klatt & Klaus Moeller Environmental turbulence has be- come a key challenge for companies’ strategic planning. Planning results remain arbitrary and risky, and...

Innovate the Way You Innovate

By Stephen Shapiro In today’s fast-paced business environment, the ability to innovate is not enough. You need to innovate efficiently, quickly, and with less risk....

The Decoupling Effect of Digital Disruptors

By Thales S. Teixeira & Peter Jamieson A new wave of Internet startups is disrupting established businesses by the process of “decoupling”. In this article,...

The Limits to Outsourcing: Beware of the Consequences for Market Success!

By Masaaki Kotabe, Michael J. Mol, Janet Y. Murray & Ronaldo Parente Over the past few decades, outsourcing, in particular offshore outsourcing, has become a...

Market Makers… Innovate your market, then innovate your business.

By Peter Fisk Peter Fisk explores how the next generation of businesses innovate from the future back, and outside in. They start by finding the...
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Efficient Frontier: A Moving Target

By Karin Bursa Do you view inventory as a cost factor, a risk, a service level influencer or a competitive advantage? Many executives view inventory...

Turn Time Into Money: Faster Growth Through Digital Reuse

By Stephanie L. Woerner, Peter Weill, & Mark P. McDonald Today’s technologically savvy firms have created an internal digital reuse culture that significantly reduces time-to-market...

6 Keys to Inventory Optimisation

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...

Ensuring the ROI from ERP has a Bigger ‘R’ than ‘i’

By Sean Culey It is over two decades now since Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems first arrived on the scene promising a new dawn of...

The Impact of Becoming Demand-Driven

By Karin Bursa Becoming demand-driven enables companies to knock down organisational silos and create an integrated planning platform that ensures all teams involved are aligned...

What We Can Learn from the Collision of Supply Chain and Retail

By Karin L. Bursa Traditionally, Supply Chain Planning and Retail Planning organisations have operated independently of each other, to the detriment of both. But, Karin...

Creating an Omnichannel Supply Chain for Branded Manufacturers: The Untapped Potential for Growth

By Michael Hu and Sunil Chopra In today’s omnichannel world, the distinction between brands and retailers is of little interest to consumers. They will buy...

Putting Supply Chain Performance at Your Fingertips

By Karin Bursa Leveraging supply chain analytics to boost corporate performance Is your company run on intuition? Or do you have a set of metrics that...

Growth Through Innovation: Innovation Principles for the Technology-Driven Enterprise

By R. Boutellier and M. Heinzen Technology is the key to our growth, but with it comes many risks. Below, Roman Boutellier and Mareike Heinzen...

Improving Digital Innovation in Large Enterprise: Strengthening e-Leadership at C-level

By Joe Peppard, Simon Robinson and Tobias Hüsing If your company doesn’t want to miss out on the new opportunities IT offers for business innovation,...

Managing People in Mergers and Acquisitions Part 2: Integration and Survival

By Guido Stein and Marta Cuadrado In Part One, we addressed the key reasons why companies decide to pursue merger, the reasons why many...

Executive S&OP – Put it Front and Centre for Your Organisation

By Karin Bursa Does your company have the right S&OP process in place? These 5 steps to success allow you to assess trade-offs between many interdependent...

PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)- Outsourcing and Shared Service Programmes

Increasingly, value is created from successful collaboration of stakeholders connected in a network. Therefore outsourcing solutions must capture opportunities and navigate risk across these...

Leveraging Collaborations to Create Shared Value

By Hervé Legenvre, Francois Bacalou & Hugues Schmitz In this article the authors discuss how the competitiveness of an organisation and the health of the...

The Real Industry 4.0 Challenge

By Richard Markoff and Ralf Seifert As the manufacturing industry enters into the fourth industrial revolution or the Industry 4.0, supply chain leaders are challenged...

Where do you Begin with your (Big) Data Initiative?

By Joe Peppard While “Big data” has garnered a lot of attention over the last number of years, many managers struggle in deciding where to...

Jumping the S-Curve: How to Reach the Top – and Stay There

By Paul Nunes and Timothy Breene One obvious trait of high-performance companies is that they are all adept at launching new businesses -- a process...

Risk Sharing in Joint Product Development – Lessons from 787 Dreamliner

By Yao Zhao Reconciling an empirical study1 of 787 delays with an economic analysis of financial incentives, we reveal a subtle incentive trap in the risk...

The Economic Aftermath of the Recent Earthquake in Sendai, Japan

By Ilan Noy Natural disasters potentially impact severely on economic dynamics — e.g. on production, prices, incomes, and employment — in the post-disaster period. Over the...

Disruptive Digital Technologies Can Help Europe Recapture Competitiveness

By Mauro Macchi European countries have long lagged behind other developed economies in productivity and innovation, even prior

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