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Why being alert is not enough to beat VUCA and disruption

Corporations face a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) environment. The established antidote is risk management. But this is not …

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Is Africa the land of business opportunity or pain?

The benefits and challenges of operating in the world’s second-largest continent<p>With growth stagnating around much of the world, businesses often …

Where is Google placing its bets?

A peek at what’s going on inside the internet giant<p>Google is well aware of its vulnerability. More than 90% of the company’s revenues and almost all …

Challenges in going global

3 areas where companies struggle overseas<p>Few companies are ready to build and run truly global organizations, despite their ambitions. Globalization …

Rethinking out of the box

How to harness the usefulness of the decision matrix<p>Executives are constantly urged to think out of the box, but given little practical advice on how …

The only two things that matter for digital companies in China

There is massive innovation in China but also creeping economic restlessness<p>I recently spent a week visiting companies in China, trying to learn as …

Are the rich just getting richer?

Global income disparities over the last quarter century<p>The launch of the IMD World Competitiveness Ranking is right around the corner. Every year it …

How HQs can actually add value

Does HQ always know best?<p><b>Hear to help</b><p>To contribute effectively, headquarters’ executives must first understand the business of the local operation, …

We are failing at failing

Let’s stop worrying about our inadequacies as failers and stress our aspirations as learners<p>We don’t fail enough; we need to fail faster, fail …

Do you have the right implementation team?

Five key ingredients for a winning team<p>So, you’ve got a great idea, the funding is in the bag, and your business model has been well crafted. Success …

Beyond the beautiful

How design thinking shaped P&G’s strategy<p>In June 2000 Procter & Gamble was in free fall. It had long suffered lackluster performance during the …

How crowdsourcing can make products better, cheaper and faster

Lessons from a military-led amphibious tank project<p>It might sound foolish for an organization or company to outsource highly important projects, …

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Where’s the best country to start a company?

The IMD World Competitiveness Center’s tips on where to do business<p>Imagine that you could open a business anywhere in the world. Where would you …

Economics

Game of unknowns for business in 2016

Will there be a happy ending for the global economy this year?<p>As Game of Thrones fans know, “winter is coming” in the new episodes slated for 2016, …

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To implement change you must rewire your organization

The most important things leaders need to consider when leading organizational change<p>Why do organizational change efforts fail? Most often because …

Management

Four scenarios to stress test your strategy

How digital disruption might change the business world by 2025<p>Change has been relentless since the turn of the millennium, and the pace of change is …

Déjà vu: Is the film industry’s sequel and remake addiction a sign of the end?

What other industries can learn from Hollywood’s path to implosion or disruption<p>The US film industry has been immensely successful and has …

How to build an agile beast

A lesson from Tetra Pak in manoeuvring your company like a squadron of navy destroyers<p>The €10 billion food packaging business Tetra Pak once faced a …

How to make your business goals more resilient

Four questions to keep your targets in changing times<p>How many times have you heard a business goal similar to this: “We will be n°1 in the next 5 …

Don’t just start a strategy process without thinking about the options

How to ensure strategy goes beyond being a piece of paper with no impact<p>Although there is an understanding that the indicators for strategic change …

Strategy is dead? Long live strategic thinking!

Diagnostics, alternatives and choice<p>Strategy is a dead concept say Bill Fischer and Michael Wade, two of my colleagues at IMD. The world is moving …

What is organizational culture? And why should we care?

The concept of a company’s “culture” is notoriously hard to define<p>If you want to provoke a vigorous debate, start a conversation on organizational …

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Embrace digital - make your strategy process more engaging!

A checklist of the most important elements to finding your new way of doing business<p>A few years back I was involved in an exercise where we observed …

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Standing at the dumb end of our smarter future

Why are we so afraid of talent displacement as we move into the future?<p>What could ever be dumb about the fast-arriving internet of things — that …

The death of strategy

Strategy is dead! Or, is it tactics?<p>In a world of never-ending change, it’s either one or the other; we can no longer count on having both. As …

The final frontier of disruptive innovation

Reinventing me<p>It was the great American author F. Scott Fitzgerald who ventured the opinion that “there are no second acts in American lives”, at a …

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Why Facebook’s artificial intelligence break is scary for companies

The implications of AI and machine learning for businesses<p>The recent news that Facebook temporarily suspended its Artificial Intelligence (AI) …

Why corporate earnings matter so little to Amazon

A look at how chief executive Jeff Bezos’ alternative playbook achieves fantastic stock price appreciation<p>No industry captain has garnered as much …

How to learn from the past without getting stuck in it

Lessons in corporate renewal<p>Corporate mortality is a hot topic. Scholars and consultants keep cropping up in the news with reports on the decline of …