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Are You Making Your Employees Attractive to Competitors?

Trumpeting your firm’s achievements makes your top managers more attractive to competitors and gives them a leg up in the labor market. Greater care should be taken with media splashes to hold on to your talent.

Strategy

Who Killed Nokia? Nokia Did

Q. Huy, T. Vuori

Despite being an exemplar of strategic agility, the fearful emotional climate prevailing at Nokia during the rise of the iPhone froze coordination between top and middle managers terrified of losing status and resources from management. The company was wounded before the battle began.
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Eight Ways the Military Manages Uncertainty

From managing and structuring information to fostering internal learning and smooth communication, the military holds lessons for businesses operating in uncertain environments.

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Why Your Company Needs a Resident Futurist

Being far-sighted about your strategy can help you prepare for the big global changes already unfolding.
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Expanding Through Uncertainty, the Carrefour Way

Any good strategy is based on a risk-reward analysis but what happens when the environment is particularly uncertain and the threats difficult to understand?
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How to Build a Sustainable Blue Ocean

W. C. Kim, R. Mauborgne

High performing and sustainable market-creating strategies align value, profit and people.
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The Three Steps of Successful Turnarounds

Claudia Zeisberger

When companies find themselves in distress, turnarounds are one way to set them back on track. But turnarounds are messy and getting them right is no easy task.

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Keeping Brands Strong When Going Global

Consistent global positioning is the cornerstone of any successful global brand growth strategy. Without it brands risk becoming irrelevant before they even get established in international markets.
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Leadership & Organisations

What Business Leaders Can Learn from Generals

The military approaches peacetime with risk management and wartime with uncertainty management. To operate amid uncertainty, managers become leaders and more autonomy is given to troops to ensure agility and resilience.

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When Financial Incentives Don’t Work

Performance incentives may encourage employees to deliver but when it comes to innovation it’s by no means certain they trigger the best results.

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How Strong Internal Networks Can Save Client Relationships

Organising a diverse team to service one client may minimise the risk of them switching firms on the coat-tails of a senior executive, but if the individual coordinating the network departs, the cost could be even greater.

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Four Reasons Why Blue Ocean Thinking Is Crucial

W. C. Kim, R. Mauborgne

The rising needs of consumers and their increasing voice means organisations need to move in new, creative directions.
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Using Tax Havens Secretly Is Bad for Shareholders

Tax havens are used for more than just saving money. When companies take advantage of their lack of transparency for more sinister activities, shareholders can lose out.
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How Firms Change Bad Practices

Organisations don’t always respond to threats, but they change quickly when their peers do.
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Want to Create a Blue Ocean? Avoid These Six Red Ocean Traps

W. C. Kim, R. Mauborgne

Firms trying to tap into new markets for growth often fall into the traps of putting resources into wooing existing customers and investing heavily in value-added offerings. But this won’t get them to blue oceans.
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