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Bringing Opportunity Oversight Onto the Board’s Agenda

Boards have two broad responsibilities: overseeing the protection of existing value and creating new value. Even though most boards take growth seriously, in practice board oversight has become unbalanced. The imbalance between risk and opportunity is a potentially serious problem. Correcting the imbalance will require an active, constructive partnership between the board and senior leadership — and a board that understands how the company maintains a high level of value-creating performance.

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Which Innovation Efforts Will Pay?

For many companies, developing new products is a hit-or-miss proposition. Some businesses with successful innovation practices are relying on a new analytic tool to ensure that the hits are much more likely.

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Investing in a recession

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BusinessWeek this week highlights a number of companies that are pursuing growth despite the recession -- including Inditex (owner of clothing retailer Zara), Procter & Gamble, and small entrepreneurial businesses such as JustAnswer.

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How to innovate in tough times

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It can be a formidable challenge to make sure your innovation projects continue to prosper at a time when many company budgets are shrinking. A recent article from Knowledge@Wharton summarizes recommendations from a panel of experts who spoke at Wharton -- on the topic of how to sustain technology innovation, specifically, during tough times.

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Stimulus for innovation?

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Some argue that any U.S. economic stimulus package should include an emphasis on spending to promote innovation.

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Investing in innovation in hard times

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A professor’s analysis of innovation during the Great Depression suggests that downturns can present opportunities — if you have cash and good ideas.

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Porter to U.S.: Get a strategy

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A well-known competitive strategy expert thinks the United States badly needs a new economic strategy.  In fact, Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter argues in an essay in BusinessWeek that "the stark truth is that the U.S.

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Why foreigners invest in U.S. markets

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One factor behind the U.S. government's decision to take over troubled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Concerns expressed by foreign investors, The Wall Street Journal reports. That brings to mind a new working paper by MIT Sloan School associate professor Kristin J. Forbes.  She studied the question of why foreigners continue to invest in U.S.

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The Myth of Unbounded Growth

Growth is not perpetual, and its continued pursuit can be costly, especially for large, mature companies. Instead, say the authors, smart managers should acknowledge the natural limits of their company‘s path to growth and consider viable alternatives.

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The Japanese Juggernaut Rolls On

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. — French expressionThey don’t make much money, but they sure make a lot of stuff. — Down East Maine expressionRumors of my demise have been much exaggerated. —Mark TwainAfter years of observing U.S. industry under siege from foreign competitors, U.S.

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