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Apple's Sad Transformation Into 'The American Samsung'

Apple’s launch event on March 21st, and the subsequent roll-out of the hardware, continues a trend that has seen Cupertino move away from a single hero device to a bewildering range of devices trying to satisfy every part of the smartphone ecosystem.<p>The three major products were nowhere close to …

iPhone

How People Are Actually Using the Internet of Things

In these early days of the Internet of Things (IoT), much of the focus has been on industrial applications, such as improving operations with autonomous machines, or standalone consumer products, like a Fitbit. But from our research, we’re seeing a more human-centric category of IoT activity …

Internet of Things

Where Disruptive Innovation Came From

After a long and successful run, the theory of disruptive innovation has come under attack of late. Last year, <i>The New Yorker</i> published a piece by Jill Lepore, a history professor at Harvard, attacking the whole idea as overblown and based on shoddy scholarship. In a recent <i>Sloan Management Review</i> …

Innovation

Value Chain Analysis: Achieving Excellence in the Things That Really Matter

© iStockphoto<br>Hohenhaus<p>Adding value link by link to make your business stronger.<p>Value Chain Analysis is a useful tool for working out how you can …

The Courageous Triumph of Competitive Advantage

Definition<p>Competitive advantage<p>means superior performance relative to other competitors in the same industry or superior performance relative to the …

All you need to know about a Resource-Based View

Definition<p>The resource-based view (RBV)<p>is a model that sees resources as key to superior firm performance. If a resource exhibits VRIO attributes, …

Looking at your Value Chain will make you Smarter

Definition<p>Value chain analysis (VCA)is a process where a firm identifies its primary and support activities that add value to its final product and …

User innovation: learning from creative consumers

Users have long been identified as important sources of innovation. This includes innovations from intermediate users (i.e., when companies are the users) and consumer users (i.e., when individuals who are users). In this talk I will introduce one particular type of innovating consumer user – the …

Transforming human capital through technology and strategic change

Strategic Positioning - Institute For Strategy And Competitiveness - Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School

Strategic Positioning

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The First Question to Ask of Any Strategy

The senior team of a large player in the global wealth management business recently asked me for my opinion on their strategy. They had worked long and hard at coming up with it. Their “Where to Play” choice was to target wealthy individuals who wanted and were willing to pay for comprehensive …

Management

Strategy or Execution: Which Is More Important?

<i>This article was written with Evan Hirsh and Kasturi Rangan.</i><p>I once heard a business leader say, “Strategy is results.” He meant that strategy doesn’t …

The Truth About Breakthrough Strategies

<b>Click here to make your nomination.</b><p>Ford, Apple, Netflix, Starbucks, and Google struck gold with these breakthrough strategies, and changed the game …

The Internet of Things Wins s+b’s 2014 Strategy of the Year

What was the “it” strategy of 2014? In my last post I asked for your nominations, and I received many great candidates. This comes as no surprise: …

Leaders as Decision Architects

All employees, from CEOs to frontline workers, commit preventable mistakes: We underestimate how long it will take to finish a task, overlook or ignore information that reveals a flaw in our planning, or fail to take advantage of company benefits that are in our best interests. It’s extraordinarily …

Management

Why More and More Companies Are Ditching Performance Ratings

A few years ago, I noticed around half a dozen courageous companies beginning experiments to remove ratings from their performance management systems. Companies such as Juniper and Adobe stopped giving people a one-to-five rating or evaluating employees on a “performance curve,” also known as the …

Employee Engagement

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition

Information technology is revolutionizing products. Once composed solely of mechanical and electrical parts, products have become complex systems that combine hardware, sensors, data storage, microprocessors, software, and connectivity in myriad ways. These “smart, connected products”—made possible …

Strategy or Culture: Which Is More Important?

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” These words, often attributed to Peter Drucker, are frequently quoted by people who see culture at the heart …

Corporate Strategy Is a Fool’s Errand

Most corporations consist of multiple divisions, which set their own strategy (what we generally refer to as “business strategy”). But more often than not, these dvisions have very little to do with one another. Take Philips Electronics with its lighting, medical equipment, and consumer electronics …

How to Align Innovation with Your Corporate Strategy

For any corporate innovation initiative to succeed, it is important that it is aligned with corporate strategy. This is more likely to occur …

How to Pick the Right Corporate Strategy

Martin Reeves, co-author of <i>Your Strategy Needs a Strategy: How to Choose and Execute the Right Approach</i> (Harvard Business Review Press, 2015) with …

The Secret To Walt Disney’s Corporate Strategy

A 1957 infographic of Walt Disney’s corporate theory reveals a complex web of strategic channels. The illustration might be nearly 60 years old, but it’s still the basis of the brand’s success.<p>When Disney makes a movie today, the company thinks beyond the motion picture to how the story can be …

Walt Disney Company