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Spring 2007
Volume 48, Issue # 3

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Beyond Enterprise 2.0

  • Interview
  • Read Time: 19 min 

You can bank on a tenfold improvement in the cost and capability of collaboration technologies over the next five years. What will your organization do with that?

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3 Critical Issues in Internet Retailing

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 21 min 

In the early, hyped-up days of e-commerce, Internet retailers tried to focus customer and investor attention on the bells and whistles of their product offering or Web pages, and hoped that no one noticed the poor performance of backroom operations — or they deluded themselves into believing that good execution

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Weakness or Opportunity

  • Read Time: 3 min 

Some weaknesses can be addressed with proper effort and resources, while others simply cannot be changed.

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The Five Stages of Successful Innovation

  • Research Highlight
  • Read Time: 4 min 

Serendipity is not a strategy, yet that’s the extent of most companies’ innovation planning. The importance of innovation to a company’s future is unquestionable. Then why do so few companies have a process for it? The authors of a September 2006 working paper, Crafting Organizational Innovation Processes, address that question.

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Do Stronger Laws Prevent Corporate Crime?

  • Research Highlight
  • Read Time: 5 min 

The wave of corporate scandals symbolized by Enron Corp.’s downfall spurred federal and state authorities to clamp down on white-collar criminals. There are now more investigators, stiffer penalties and greater oversight for many corporate activities.

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The Art of Managing New Product Transitions

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 17 min 

New product launches are highly complex and can pose major challenges to companies. But managing the interplay between product generations can greatly increase the chances for success.

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Finding the Right Job For Your Product

  • Opinion & Analysis
  • Read Time: 34 min 

Most companies segment their markets by customer demographics or product characteristics and differentiate their offerings by adding features and functions. But the consumer has a different view of the marketplace. He simply has a job to be done and is seeking to “hire” the best product or service to do it. Marketers must adopt that perspective.

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In Praise of Resource Constraints

  • Research Highlight
  • Read Time: 7 min 

Limitless material resources are not only unavailable most of the time, they may actually be a hindrance. And remaining lean and mean can often be a blessing.

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Navigating a Path to Smart Growth

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 22 min 

Not all growth is good. An analysis of Fortune Global 500 companies shows that the businesses that grew within the limits of their growth corridors performed far better than others — even those that grew faster.

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Improving the Performance of Top Management Teams

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 19 min 

Differences in organizational values within of a top management team can impair how the group functions, with perceived differences having much larger repercussions than real ones.

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Corporate Culture in the Numbers

  • Research Highlight
  • Read Time: 4 min 

Corporate culture has long been a vital, if elusive, element of a company’s success. Cost-cutting and entrepreneurial cultures, for example, have been credited for the long-term success of many companies. Conversely, culture clashes have been blamed for merger and acquisition failures and incompatible employees.

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Special Report: Measuring to Manage

Special Report: Measuring to Manage Posted March 7, 2007. Reprint 48302. In recent years, companies have developed much more sophisticated strategic measurement systems, based on such tools as the balanced scorecard, key performance indicators, computerized dashboards and the like.