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What Is Strategy, Again?

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If you read what Peter Drucker had to say about competition back in the late ’50s and early ‘60s, he really only talked about one thing: competition on price. He was hardly alone — that was evidently how most economists thought about competition, too.

It was this received opinion Michael Porter was questioning when, in 1979, he mapped out four additional competitive forces in “How Competitive Forces Shape Strategy.” “Price competition can’t ...

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What Is Strategy, Again?

Posted by:

MAY15_12_123530240

If you read what Peter Drucker had to say about competition back in the late ’50s and early ‘60s, he really only talked about one thing: competition on price. He was hardly alone — that was evidently how most economists thought about competition, too.

It was this received opinion Michael Porter was questioning when, in 1979, he mapped out four additional competitive forces in “How Competitive Forces Shape Strategy.” “Price competition can’t ...

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What Is Strategy, Again?

Posted by:

MAY15_12_123530240

If you read what Peter Drucker had to say about competition back in the late ’50s and early ‘60s, he really only talked about one thing: competition on price. He was hardly alone — that was evidently how most economists thought about competition, too.

It was this received opinion Michael Porter was questioning when, in 1979, he mapped out four additional competitive forces in “How Competitive Forces Shape Strategy.” “Price competition can’t ...

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Cambodia: From Battlefield to Global Marketplace

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Cambodia has transformed from a post-conflict, aid-dependent country to a dynamic economy.

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The Best CMOs Combine 4 Leadership Styles

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I’ve known the Timberland brand from a tender age. My father, who was more or less raised in his family’s shoe factory in Lynn, Massachusetts, became a shoe designer. His claim to fame? He was one of the lead designers to work on that famous boot. The Timberland work boot and the now iconic logo were emblems of my childhood.

For me, Timberland stood for something. My relationship with the brand was unique, ...

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Back to the Future: GE’s Retooling into an Industrial Powerhouse

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With the shedding of GE Capital, the manufacturing giant is returning to its industrial roots.

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Small Wins Go a Long Way in Improving U.S. Rail Transportation

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Big systems changes can seem daunting. Problems such as reinventing education, addressing climate change, improving health outcomes, transforming giant enterprises, or renewing transportation infrastructure – my topic during national Infrastructure Week, May 11-15 – are long-term in nature, involve factors outside the control of any one organization, and sometimes lack a clear path forward. For example, to put American infrastructure back in the leading position it once held in the world could require ...

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Small Wins Go a Long Way in Improving U.S. Rail Transportation

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MAY15_12_456483173

Big systems changes can seem daunting. Problems such as reinventing education, addressing climate change, improving health outcomes, transforming giant enterprises, or renewing transportation infrastructure – my topic during national Infrastructure Week, May 11-15 – are long-term in nature, involve factors outside the control of any one organization, and sometimes lack a clear path forward. For example, to put American infrastructure back in the leading position it once held in the world could require ...

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AI Is Getting Good Enough to Delegate the Work It Can’t Do

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Nicholas Blechman

When most people think about humans and robots working together, they tend to assume that it’s the human giving the instructions. Robots, after all, are good at following commands or rote tasks, not the messy world of management, right?

In fact, artificial intelligence is quickly encroaching on key aspects of management, like task assignment and performance evaluation.

Consider BuildDirect, a home improvement products platform that delivers heavyweight goods ...

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AI Is Getting Good Enough to Delegate the Work It Can’t Do

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MAY15_12_AI_b
Nicholas Blechman

When most people think about humans and robots working together, they tend to assume that it’s the human giving the instructions. Robots, after all, are good at following commands or rote tasks, not the messy world of management, right?

In fact, artificial intelligence is quickly encroaching on key aspects of management, like task assignment and performance evaluation.

Consider BuildDirect, a home improvement products platform that delivers heavyweight goods ...

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