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Is It Time to Hire a Chief Legal Strategist?

Here’s a strategic angle that most businesses don’t think about: how they can use the law to secure strategic business goals.

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The Power of Asking Pivotal Questions

Asking the right questions can help you broaden your perspective — and make smarter decisions.

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Beyond Forecasting: Creating New Strategic Narratives

In turbulent markets, managers can build momentum for innovative strategies by rethinking the past, reconsidering present concerns – and reimagining the future.

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New Research in Decision Making

Why You Decide the Way You Do

December 16, 2014 | Bruce Posner

Curiosity about the decision-making process has heated up, attracting academics from neuroscience, management, behavioral economics and psychology. Researchers have found, for instance, that a willingness to ask for advice on difficult problems can increase a person’s perceived competence, and that too many choices can cause people to make less-than-optimal choices. Here, we highlight six scholarly articles that have intriguing insights into the factors that can affect decision-making.

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Upsides to the Sharing Economy

Our new article "Adapting to the Sharing Economy" takes a deep look at collaborative consumerism. These three articles look at the sharing economy business models of Zipcar, Airbnb and more.

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Adapting to the Sharing Economy

New strategies are helping companies embrace “collaborative consumption” and the "sharing economy."

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21st Century Business Models

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Strategic Decisions for Multisided Platforms

Building a platform through which different groups interact requires smart thinking about strategy.

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The Business Models Investors Prefer

Why have investors been so bullish on companies like Disney? It’s their business models.

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Strategic Choices in Converging Industries

How can companies protect themselves when industries converge?

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What to Do Against Disruptive Business Models (When and How to Play Two Games at Once)

When two business models, and two business units, make sense.

The Power of “Sequencing Opportunities”

The Opportunity Paradox

September 16, 2014 | Christopher B. Bingham, Nathan R. Furr and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt

How can companies capture new opportunities most effectively? When evaluating new business opportunities, there’s a paradoxical tension between strategic focus and flexibility. Managers tend to be opportunists or strategists, and while most managers focus their attention on opportunity execution, opportunity selection appears to matter as much. Sustained business success seems to depend not just on capturing one opportunity but also on stringing multiple opportunities together.