Handbook of Business Strategy: Volume 6 Issue 1

Category:

Strategy

Table of contents

Risk, uncertainty and probabilistic decision making in an increasingly volatile world

Mehmet Ugur

This article aims to ascertain the extent to which probabilistic decision making can enable managers to make crucial decisions in a world of uncertainty associated with…

Use of scenarios in strategic and political risk analyses

Franc Milburn

Over the next 10 to 15 years, the international system (and corporations) will have to adjust to changing power relationships in key regions. These have the potential to…

How to protect your assets against acts of nature and terrorism

Chris Poland

Millions of earthquakes occur each year throughout the world, according to The National Earthquake Information Center in the USA and its cooperators around the globe…

Business maneuver: exploiting speed and surprise as key elements

Richard J. Pech, Bret W. Slade

The following chapter describes a paradigm shift in military thinking and its practical application for business strategists. It describes the concept of maneuver theory…

Reputational management: ignore at your own peril

Kevin Money, Louise Gardiner

Of a company’s most valuable assets, its reputation is among the hardest to build and the easiest to lose. Reputation is also no longer merely a question of brand image…

Strategy in the context of uncertainty

Dave Snowden

This paper challenges the assumption of discoverable order inherent in most approaches to strategy. A false dichotomy between order and chaos is removed by the…

Strategic resilience: staying ahead of a crisis

Liisa Välikangas, Paul Merlyn

Imagine a world without turnarounds – just well‐managed companies. Strategic exploration is the means to achieving strategic resilience. But how can senior managers build…

Superior products and services confer only a fleeting advantage

Terry Bacon

Global competition has created an endless cycle of innovation and imitation among companies striving to differentiate themselves from their competitors. Increasingly, the…

How to build a great product

Susan E. Rau

Building great products can be a reality for any company that takes the time and effort to create and execute the linkages between: winning strategy; the role of products…

How DuPont used insights from needs‐based research to redefine brand, business

Keith Sena, Michael Petromilli

Businesses risk losing customers when traditional product‐based features, attributes, and benefits are no longer differentiated. Offsetting that risk requires taking a…

Achieving marketing ROI – finally

Tim Munoz

An age‐old conundrum with which marketers and, increasingly, their CEOs grapple is justifying the black hole of marketing expense. Finding a rational and reliable means of…

Getting to market faster by putting it all together

John Nisbet

Everyone pays lip service to integrating a company’s essential functions in order to maximize productive capacity and market success. But how many companies actually…

Making site selection decisions in the worldwide economy

Carol Bergeron

This article provides a practical approach for making site selection decisions driven by organizational business needs. New site selection decisions are best made when…

Become a “thought leader” and move ahead of your competition

Ken Lizotte

The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the high competitive advantages of using thought leadership as a marketing strategy. The design of the paper is to draw…

Partnering for innovation and growth

Douglas Ferguson

Partnering in recent years has emerged as an increasingly critical competitive competency for any firm that aims to drive sustainable growth through innovation. In fact…

The five pillars of organizational excellence

H. James Harrington

Good is no longer good enough. To survive in today’s competitive environment, you need to excel. To excel, an organization needs to focus on all parts of the organization…

Successful strategies for new venture development

Joey Tamer

Presents a detailed overview of the challenges of creating new ventures within established corporations, and offers success strategies for overcoming these challenges. The…

Intellectual capital and strategy: a primer for today’s manager

Göran Roos

This paper discusses the value of applying the intellectual capital perspective in strategic theory and application. It draws on the historic development of the strategy…

Intellectual capital in waiting – a strategic IC challenge

Leif Edvinsson, Peder Hofman‐Bang, Kristine Jacobsen

The purpose with the paper is to bring forward the opportunities we face by realizing that future economics lie in knowledge and intangibles. We want to communicate this…

Strategy implementation – an insurmountable obstacle?

Andreas Raps

Strategy implementation is an enigma in many companies. The problem is illustrated by the unsatisfying low success rate (only 10 to 30 percent) of intended strategies. The…

Strategic management of intangible value drivers

Bernard Marr

Organizations are recognizing that if they want to survive and prosper in the long run they need to strategically manage their intangible assets. New theories of strategic…

Strategic thinking and knowledge management

Iraj Tavakoli, Judith Lawton

This article is a conceptual framework and literature review on strategic thinking. It examines some of the more recent definitions and identifies a number of key elements…

Strategic leadership in permanent whitewater

Michael F. Kipp

A whitewater ride calls for a particular type of leader – one with an acute sensitivity to the situation, a high degree of personal autonomy and the ability to discern and…

Beating stress and preventing burnout

Barbara Kaufman

Fueled by the relentless pressures of the 24/7 work schedule, globalization, large‐scale initiatives and scarce resources, leaders today are experiencing more and more…

Unique study assesses interactivity, impact of leadership styles

Nada K. Kakabadse, Andrew Kakabadse, Linda Lee‐Davies

This paper examines existing concepts of the leadership development of high potential managers and aims to take a step further toward them understanding their leadership…

Why success formulas fail

Craig R. Stokely

Most businesses concentrate on refining their business model to enhance results. We see examples everyday of market leaders such as United Airlines, McDonald’s and…

The platform‐driven organization

Howard Rubenstein

The purpose of this paper is to shed light on two key developments in the field of leadership that are significantly impacting organizations today. These two new…

What constitutes leadership and why it can’t be taught

Russell L. Ackoff

Leadership is an art and, as such, requires talent. Talent can be enhanced but not taught. Leaders must be able to formulate inspiring visions and strategies for…

Driving sustainable growth and innovation: pathways to high performance leadership

Ronald S. Jonash

The challenge for business leaders, across all industries, is to recognize and accept a new reality in which easy answers, quick fixes and magic bullets are harder to…

Want to motivate your employees? Keep your company safe and you will

Joan Curtice

This paper examines the value of a work environment that is safe, dignified and respectful. Not only does the law mandate such an environment but it also makes good…

Managing dispersed teams: new challenges, new solutions

Elaine Crowley

This article describes considerations and techniques to increase the productivity of geographically dispersed (also known as “virtual”) teams. Challenges and recommended…

Workforce, diversity and corporate creativity

Jeffrey A. Govendo

This article is written for business executives, managers, team leaders, and HR specialists who recognize the importance of employee creativity and corporate innovation…

What to do when people are your most important asset

Laurie Bassi, Daniel McMurrer

The article describes the constraints of the current system for accounting for the value and importance of an organization’s human capital. It describes the Human Capital…

Value‐added benefits consulting can save the day

Dan Cassidy

Technology has changed the way companies do business. As such, it has changed the way consultants dispense their expertise. Without a thorough re‐evaluation of the…

Mentor, don’t just manage, your next round of leaders

Michael H. Shenkman

Succession is a stated priority for many CEOs. Yet, many executives let the time it takes to select and groom a successor slip away. Shenkman shows why this happens…

Applying small business success strategies in the corporate world

Marc Johnstone

The purpose of this article is to help corporates learn from the small business owner so they can implement winning strategies in their own business and/or also sell more…

Radical strategies may be required in today’s 24/7 society

Jonathan Groucutt

A combination of the Internet and changing lifestyles has significantly affected how many societies interact with business. This article considers some of the challenges…

Is the Internet putting your corporate identity at risk?

Douglas R. Wolf

The purpose of this paper is to review problems related to Internet, trademark, and domain name issues. The paper was developed by studying recent legal developments and…

Manage your IT projects like an investment portfolio

Vin D’Amico

This paper provides a clear and simple means of evaluating and managing a portfolio of information technology projects. The ultimate goal being a major reduction in the…

How technologies support winning strategies and productivity

Alberto Carneiro

This article intends to contribute to a better understanding of the role that technologies may play within the fields of organizational operations, namely the formulation…

Framework for strategic IT decisions

Auroop R. Ganguly, Amar Gupta

Strategic IT decisions have significant impact, but can be rather difficult to formulate in an objective manner. This article takes a fresh look at the e‐business adoption…

E‐content: the key to developing a strategic advantage

Michael Utvich

Electronic content, today’s principal means for information exchange, is dramatically reshaping how businesses compete and meet their goals and performance objectives. Now…

Best practices for dealing with offshore software development

David A. Vogel, Jill E. Connelly

The purpose of this article is to examine why US companies outsource software development offshore and to present the factors to be considered to determine if the benefits…

Hottest new title in the executive suite? Chief customer officer

Curtis N. Bingham

This article explores the methods and benefits of creating an executive‐level position accountable for maintaining and enhancing the value of the customer base as an…

Knowledge management: how to foster creation and flow

William E. Halal

The purpose of this article is to help managers and scholars understand the state‐of‐the‐art in knowledge management (KM) and how it is likely to develop further. The…

Strategic conversations with your customers helps hone the planning process

Michael Oleksak

This paper makes the case that customer feedback is a valuable input to a company’s strategy development. The paper also suggests a process for capturing and using this…

Unpredictable ways to release the natural intelligence of your organization

Jay W. Vogt

The purpose of this article is to demonstrate the immediate and practical value of a new way of thinking about organizations – not as machines, but as living things. The…

Best way to improve your performance: improve how you impart core values

Bill Evans

The purpose of this paper is to propose a model for delivering greater customer value through the clear shaping, enhancing, and living of core values. The approach is to…

The knowledge value chain: a pragmatic knowledge implementation network

Catherine L. Wang, Pervaiz K. Ahmed

In this article, we address the issue of knowledge management (KM) implementation by developing a pragmatic yet theoretically rigorous knowledge implementation framework…

Collaboration now a strategic necessity

Ronald C. Beckett

This paper shares experiences from action research carried out by the author in an SME business setting where collaboration is becoming a strategic necessity. Many…

ISSN:

1077-5730

Online date, start – end:

2000 – 2006

Copyright Holder:

Emerald Publishing Limited