economic downturn


Recession: Understanding the business and psychological impact 1

Overview: Recession – Understanding the business and psychological impact This briefing provides the results of a web-based survey conducted on this site between February and May 2009 to determine the real costs and impact of the recession – especially from the perspective of the psychological impact upon organizations’ human resources. […]


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 […]


Recession and Strategy: The old questions don’t work anymore 1

Overview We are all deep into the annual planning process. But this time the challenges are different and therefore the questions that we should address must change. An era of uninterrupted economic growth has come to an abrupt halt. The hopes emanating from last year’s planning cycle, that the world […]


Recession – A business survival guide (Part 3 – Portfolio Balance)

In past entries I have argued the point that recession is a time to crank up innovation – not to cut investment in it. In my last blog entry I referred to the “Aldi Effect” – in a recession customers will change their buying habits and preferences. The real danger […]


Recession – A business survival guide (Part 2 – The “Aldi Effect”)

In earlier blogs I have argued that in a recession one must not “shoot the usual suspects”. By “shooting the usual suspects” I mean across the board cost cutting in areas such as sales, marketing and new product development. My point is that during a recession a firm that wishes […]