3 Keys to Building a Sustainable Strategic Organization

It’s possible that our economy may never return to “normal,” Tyler Cowen, an economics professor at George Mason University, recently wrote in the New York Times. While some economists believe the slow wage growth and low labor participation we’re now seeing are temporary conditions, Cowen argues that they’re more indicative of structural dysfunction and fragility….

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The Growth of Real-Time Corporate Strategy

Remember when corporate strategy moved at a measured pace? Companies took an almost leisurely amount of time (by today’s standards) to survey their markets and track consumer behaviors, evaluate technologies and study a number of hypotheses about where industry trends might lead and how they could be exploited. But as I wrote last week, business…

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Where Did Chobani Go Wrong? Was it Avoidable?

The Wall Street Journal (http://www.wsj.com/articles/at-chobani-rocky-road-from-startup-status-1431909152?KEYWORDS=chobani) cataloged the rise of Chobani from a start-up in 2007 to the $1Bn company that dominated the Greek yogurt market with 60% market share and its subsequent stumbles which led to a need for a $750MM investment from private equity firm, TPG and ceding the CEO position to a “professional…

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Flexibility: The New Vision of Corporate Strategy

Corporate strategy needs a makeover. In a world where new products can dominate the market’s zeitgeist one minute and sink the next – think Meerkat – the ability to quickly grasp the implications of new technology and how it will impact customer demand is essential. Strategic planners no longer have the luxury of conducting year-long…

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Speed, Flexibility Are Keys to Success for the New Corporate Strategy Department

Today’s corporate strategy department is always on the lookout for potential game-changers, and has to be prepared to move quickly to outflank competitors, both traditional and disruptive. Otherwise, their business will lose competitive edge and market share. These groups are expected to lead a company’s growth through innovation and competitive expansion, a tough proposition in…

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