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Revisiting Complexity in the Digital Age

Digital technologies are helping companies finesse trade-offs between complexity’s costs and benefits.

UBS Reports Writedowns of 18.5 Billion GBP

Is Your Company Addicted to Value Extraction?

Is your company focused on creating value — or on siphoning it off from others?


How to Win a Price War

It’s possible for a company to win a price war by leveraging a specific set of strategic capabilities.


Strategy for Multisided Platform Businesses

Strategic Decisions for Multisided Platforms

December 19, 2013 | Andrei Hagiu

Some of the fastest growing businesses in recent years — companies such as Facebook, eBay and LinkedIn — are “multisided platforms” that enable interactions between two or more sets of participants. The spectacular success of some of these MSPs has caught the attention of many entrepreneurs and investors. But building a multisided platform business requires savvy decisions on everything from design to governance to pricing.


Communicating Your Sustainability Strategy to Investors

Bridging the Sustainability Gap

June 17, 2014 | David A. Lubin and Daniel C. Esty

Most mainstream investors are unconvinced that sustainability leadership translates into profits and marketplace success. Despite rising importance on the corporate agenda, sustainability —as currently understood and measured — interests only a small niche of investors. The authors argue that a “back to basics” approach for measuring sustainability’s direct impact on revenue growth, productivity and risk would provide mainstream investors with the data that’s critical to their decisions.

The Shareholders vs. Stakeholders Debate

Do managers run companies better when they are agents of all stakeholders or when they focus their allegiance on shareholders? And do different directions affect innovation?