business strategy


Navigating the Recession: The waves of change 1

A clear point emanating from my earlier posts and, importantly, discussions with business managers and leaders is that we cannot afford just to “sit this one out” and expect the business world (and in fact the world in general) to be in exactly the same shape as it was before […]


Recession: Looking for stress points

In my last posting Davos 2009, Recession and Business Strategy: Quo Vadis? I included some straightforward questions to start the process of “stress testing” your business strategy.  In this posting I would like to explore the issue of “Stress” from a different perspective, which has a distinctly human element. Unfortunately […]


Davos 2009, Recession and Business Strategy: Quo Vadis? 1

Davos: Are the muddied waters clearer? [Updated 25 February 2009] I thought that I would save my next blog entry on the strategy implications of economic recession until the conclusions of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos emerged. I wanted to use the output from Davos to review my […]


Recession and Strategy: Tracking the path to a new world.

In my January 2009 Executive Briefing I argue that we are dealing with far more than a recession.  We are on the edge of a tipping point where the business world will probably undergo the biggest shift that we will witness in our lifetimes. If we thought that in the […]


Recession Survival: Industry Contagion, Structural Change and Business Strategy

Structural Change My last two entries introduced the challenge of structural change. I have drawn attention to the fact that recessions don’t just mean a period of economic contraction, they also bring the prospect of economic restructuring. And economic restructuring has fundamental implications for business strategy. I used financial services […]


Recession and Strategy: The first unfortunate signs of structural change.

The news on Monday 17th November that Citigroup was to shed 52,000 jobs, in addition to the 23,000 announced earlier this year is an upsetting indicator that the type of structural change described in my previous posting Recession and Strategy:  The old questions don’t work anymore is upon us.  Reports […]


Thoughts of Recession: Before you cut the costs 3

Sunday’s business section of The Sunday Times fell open to the headline ‘Britain facing huge job losses’. Suddenly breakfast didn’t seem so palatable and indigestion loomed. Apparently, the latest research amongst employers reveals that 38% – very nearly 2 in 5 – plan redundancies over the next 3 months. The […]