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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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How Strategic Is Your Board?

Strategic thinking by corporate boards is more important than ever for business survival.

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The Opportunity Paradox

How can managers best meet the challenge of capturing new growth opportunities?

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Strategy and the Law

Finding the Right Corporate Legal Strategy

September 16, 2014 | Robert C. Bird and David Orozco

How can companies use the law to gain strategic advantages? Some companies move beyond viewing the law just in terms of compliance and use their legal environment to secure a competitive advantage. Companies can adopt one of five types of legal strategies: avoidance, compliance, prevention, value or transformation. The right strategy for a company will depend on factors such as its business model, managers’ attitudes toward the law and the legal department’s ability to collaborate with managers.

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Smarter Valuation Strategies

Companies looking at potential acquisitions always want to avoid bad deals. what's the best way to valuate a company?

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Avoiding Lemons in M&A Deals

How can companies resolve the two issues of M&As: the acquiring company’s struggle to value the target’s resources and the need for the parties to agree on a price?

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Is Your Company Creating Value — or Extracting It?

Is Your Company Addicted to Value Extraction?

June 17, 2014 | Paul Strebel and Salvatore Cantale

Is your company focused on creating value — or on siphoning it off from others? Capturing value from other stakeholders by manipulating the competitive market process to the company’s advantage exposes a company to reputational or legal risks. It also can undermine corporate values. Value extraction is typically easier than developing a competitive advantage through ongoing value creation. Companies can get hooked on the practice, to the detriment of real value creation.

21st Century Business Models

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How to Win With a Multisided Platform Business Model

What does it take to set up a platform where many constituencies can do business?

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Strategic Choices in Converging Industries

How can companies protect themselves when industries converge?

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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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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.