Spring 2003
Volume 44, Issue # 3

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The Supply-Chain Management Effect

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 24 min 

Over the last decade, increasingly sophisticated supply-chain management has engendered six key shifts in the way managers think, in general, about their businesses and their partnerships.



Escaping the Identity Trap

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 21 min 

Organizations, like people, have essential natures defined by their formative experiences, their beliefs, their knowledge bases and their core competences. Attempts at change that are in conflict with this core identity are often doomed to failure. Managers can learn to recognize such conflicts and initiate identity change to make their companies more adaptive.


The Era of Open Innovation

  • Research Highlight
  • Read Time: 24 min 

Companies are increasingly rethinking the fundamental ways in which they generate ideas and bring them to market — harnessing external ideas while leveraging their in-house R&D outside their current operations.


The Three Challenges of Corporate Consulting

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 22 min 

For many product-oriented companies, establishing a corporate consultancy can be a good first step toward a more solutions-based orientation. As Ericsson, Shell and AT&T, among others, illustrate, the consulting unit can take a number of forms dictated by its key knowledge base and its relation to the product businesses‘ value chain. The challenge is to determine how similar the consulting unit should be to the parent company in identity, mission and structure.


Why Leadership-Development Efforts Fail

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 20 min 

Many corporate programs to develop next-generation leaders fall victim to three pathologies that render the investments of time and money worthless. But there are ways of fighting these diseases.



An Unfinished Revolution

  • Opinion & Analysis
  • Read Time: 5 min 

Most companies have yet to figure out how to leverage their existing information assets to generate growth.