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The Big Squeeze: How Compression Threatens Old Industries

Accelerating compression of both revenues and profits in some businesses can be fatal, and fast.

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Embracing a Strategic Paradox

If handled well, conflicting demands in a business can be sources of creativity and opportunity.

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Harnessing the Secret Structure of Innovation

Innovation success is the result of a deliberate search using key information signals.

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Tailoring Your Strategy to Global Markets

Mastering the Market Intelligence Challenge

December 5, 2016 | Murali D.R. Chari, Kimberlee Luce, and Inder Thukral

A shortage of reliable information is common in emerging markets. Because such markets are heterogeneous, the sources and methods for market intelligence require modification before they can be transferred from one emerging market to another. Market intelligence is thus best viewed and managed as a strategic asset that multinationals should invest in keeping up to date.

Adapting to Digital Disruption

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Three Meaningful Strategies for Managing Rapid Change

Faced with rapid global, social, and marketplace changes, companies need effective ways to adapt.

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Building a More Intelligent Enterprise

Companies should blend the power of computers with insights into human decision making.

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The Right Response to Digital Disruption

Companies with bold strategies in response to digitization will come out as winners.

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The End of Focus: A New Wave of Manufacturers Will Choose Scope Over Scale

New digital technologies are changing the rules of competition by expanding the boundaries of what a company can handle and introducing new sources of advantage.

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Strategic Partnerships

How to Manage Alliances Strategically

Companies that lack the resources and knowledge to undertake key strategic growth initiatives often seek partners who can fill in the gaps. The skills that make such alliances work, however, aren’t well understood; executives often make flawed assumptions that prevent the partnership from achieving its goals. An integrative, holistic framework for alliance management helps executives avoid these pitfalls and create value via strategic alliances.

Competing Through Joint Innovation

Even as multinationals struggle to make inroads in emerging markets, companies from those markets are finding ways to compete in Europe and the U.S. A case in point is Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company, which has used strategic partnerships to gain ground in Europe. Huawei’s overseas expansion closely resembles the strategy the company used to build its position in China: Start at the perimeter and work toward the center.

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Boards and Governance

The Downside to Full Board Independence

Accounting scandals led to more independent corporate boards, but this trend has financial costs.

In Boardrooms, the Same Is a Shame

To limit risk, boards should take a tough, honest look at why the C–suite has so little diversity.

How Strategic Is Your Board?

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

Bringing Opportunity Oversight Onto the Board’s Agenda

Boards need to monitor not only a company’s risks but also its ability to generate opportunities.

Developing a Winning Strategy

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What’s Your Strategy for Supply Chain Disclosure?

How much information should a company disclose about its supply chain? In addition to having to be lean, agile, and sustainable, today’s supply chains are increasingly the focus of growing attention from a variety of external stakeholders. These stakeholders often want information beyond what the company is legally obliged to disclose. But many companies have limited visibility of their supply chain information and have not fully considered their disclosure strategy.