To create lasting strategic advantages, leaders need to consider how organizational identity, a more intangible and less mobile feature of the firm, may be used to create a sustainable competitive advantage.
Evidence-based evaluation provides a rigorous, valid, and reliable approach for assessing the effectiveness of a consulting engagement.
The complexity of organizations has increased. SWOT provides a way to organize information into internal “Strengths & Weaknesses” and external “Opportunities & Threats.”
SCCO International in association with Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and the Graziadio Business Review presents the 2nd annual report of CEO Performance of 100 of Southern California’s Largest Companies.
In this current global downturn, Mergers & Acquisition activity has become quite robust.
Taking a proven retail model and exporting it to a new country, often with a new set of competitors, a different language and culture, and unique shopper expectations, requires more than just market research before entry.
The current economic landscape affords the opportunity to develop leadership talent against a backdrop of genuine challenge and tangible uncertainty.
This article, the second in a series focused on trademarks and trade dress, details the doctrine of secondary meaning and its ramifications for businesses.
In order to deal with business fluctuations, efforts to develop strategic resilience should extend to financial decision making, approached in a systematic manner.
Passing a business to the next generation requires the appropriate legal tools and a well-designed succession plan.
The emergence of online discount brokerages, unbundling of services, and disintermediation are three trends that will continue to challenge the traditional role of the real estate broker.
Great leaders understand how to balance emotion with reason and make decisions that positively impact themselves, their employees, their customers and stakeholders, and their organizations.
Is innovation just a convenient buzzword? Or, is it a paradigm-changing force that allows companies to compete on the global stage? The true answer might be a little bit of both.
The staging of a negotiation can have long-term ramifications on the relationship between the two parties.This article explores strategies surrounding this decision.
An integration of management and marketing approaches to market orientation is necessary to gain its full benefits, as evidenced by the success of Coach, H-P, Zara, and Ford.
As more consumers look to eat healthier and watch their spending, restaurants must increasingly compete for their stomachs and wallets.
Larry Tanz, president, COO, and co-founder of Agility Studios, answers questions about the entertainment industry and its transition into the digital age.
An audio interview with Christof Ruhl, Chief Economist of BP, where he analyzes global economic developments and their impact on energy markets, and provides strategic input into BP’s activities.
This article looks at the near-term issues regarding correlation between investment assets and asset classes.
Minimum resale price maintenance (RPM) is not “price fixing,” and can benefit companies and consumers if fully informed and strategically employed.
An interview with author Keith McFarland offers insight in business strategy and reveals why he is on the list of top business thinkers.
Simulation, an analytical tool from the management science field, can be of tremendous value in generating empirical evidence about auctions when actual data does not exist.
Complaining customers give businesses a key opportunity to uncover problems and venture into new markets, as complaints are one of the least expensive market research tools around.
This article discusses the current Supply chain management directions, strategies, and tactics, and how organizations can improve their processes.
This article offers foundations and guidelines for sound transparency strategies that are the result of over six years of field observations and empirical research.
Minority business start-ups, increased spending power within minority communities, and supplier diversity are creating new opportunities for astute companies to realize first-mover advantages in emerging domestic markets.
An overview of lessons in strategic leadership from a recent study of five benchmark organizations:Caterpillar, Cisco Systems, PepsiCo, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Washington Group International.
This article explores the relationship between organizational culture and business strategy that has propelled Trader Joe’s to extraordinary success.
In 1997, Dacor CEO Michael Joseph and his wife felt the growing need to place God as a priority in their lives and embarked on a journey to become part of a religious community.
Ten years of independent studies show the average rate of return on all large project implementations is negative. Why are so many companies making the same mistake?
Success in developing “best” human resources practices requires that HR professionals be able to wear multiple hats and balance competing demands.
Companies that lack a pricing culture succumb to cost-based as well as reactive pricing methods in lieu of using more proactive and strategic approaches.
An IT Resource Gap Framework is a simple tool for identifying project risk, systemic weaknesses, and strategic concerns for implementation projects.
An application of the 5-Forces Industry Analysis to the “industry of professional basketball” to draw conclusions about the main success factors for “firms” (teams) in the NBA.
Information technology (IT) offers many opportunities to enhance or transform business, but requires carefully orchestrated efforts between the firm’s technology and business specialists.
Based on research and consulting with over a dozen firms, authors believe that firms who devote sustained energy to motivating user involvement in IT initiatives are much more likely to succeed.
This article specifically examines what the business leader does in the five major phases of the strategy-making/strategy-executing process.
The measurement trap represents a false belief that we can fully understand all aspects of our business strictly through measurement.
Professor Worley and a group of organization change practitioners and researchers to comment on often ignored principles in managing change.
Dr. W. Scott Sherman addresses the issues involved in managing strategic change and understanding resistance to change.
Can the reputation of being a socially responsible corporate citizen help support a company’s bottom line when a crisis occurs? The evidence suggests that in some situations, it may.
When companies merge or go through an acquisition, the lack of a cohesive culture in the newly merged company can “break a deal.”
The best strategic plans in the world are not likely to be successful if they are not effectively communicated to those who must implement them: the employees.
An exercise to teach participants the importance of the first offer or demand in a negotiation.
Many technology people currently report to a business unit rather than a department. How do you decide whether to bring them back under direct IT control?
Managers must prepare practical, relevant business plans and strategic initiatives to deal with falling prices in the U.S. economy if they occur.
Small business owners can become “superior venture thinkers” by redirecting the focus of business finance to maximizing shareholder wealth.
Once upon a time, two economists were walking together when one of them saw something that caught his attention. “Look,” he exclaimed, “here’s a great research topic!” “Nonsense,” the other one said, “If it were, someone would have written a paper on it by now.” For a long time this attitude governed the view of … Continued
An analysis of how to achieve a greater degree of synergy with merger-and-acquisition growth strategies.
Study identifies best practices among large firms for leadership development, tracking, and developmental opportunities.
Understanding economic indicators is essential in business planning.
The Initial Public Offerings market is favoring a solid business plan, real profitability, and little or no debt.
Family businesses, the most common type of business form world-wide, share characteristics and working styles that can provide strategic advantages.
Steven Goldman discusses management techniques that have led to the success of Power-One, an OEM manufacturer of power supplies for the electronics industry.
Decision trees can assist executives in making strategic decisions.
Forward-looking companies are finding value in directly measuring and tracking customer satisfaction (CS) as an important strategic success indicator.
A case study involving a private country club charged with increasing memberships to cover the cost of opening a second 18-hole golf course.