strategy


The most difficult decision to make

  The decision I’m referring to goes right to the heart both of leadership and strategy. It concerns one of the biggest disruptors that our organisations will face. I’m talking about Robotics and Artificial Intelligence and the decision focuses upon this question: How will my organisation use Robotics and AI? A […]

Artificial Intelligence - the most difficult decision

BUSINESS RESILIENCE

Resilience: a new mantra for business?

A New Mantra? Have you noticed that this year is different? Different in terms of what people are talking about? Well, it seems that way to me. The first few months of this year have produced some words, phrases and subjects that seem to keep popping up in conversation everywhere, […]


Globalization: Understanding the weak signals

Download a pdf version Overview: Research tells us that one of the secrets to building a resilient organisation  is to understand and interpret weak signals better than the competition. Weak signals can help us prepare for future shocks. If we look at recent developments, particularly in the Ukraine and the Middle East, there […]

A World of Regions

Can you see the waves of creative destruction?

Can you see the waves of creative destruction? It’s popular to think that globalisation unstoppable. But is it really unstoppable?  Global growth forecasts have been downgraded, Brazil is threatening an Internet clampdown, nationalism is rising in Europe and fighter jets are being scrambled in Asia. So what’s happening? It’s called […]


Strategy Past, Strategy Future

A bacon sandwich, toast, marmalade and coffee.  The perfect start to a Sunday morning.  Then the business section of The Sunday Times flipped open to reveal, in two separate articles, a possible picture of strategy past and strategy in the future. Tom Bowers’ article Browne’s legacy of cost cutting stored up […]


Recession Survival: Look again at the outside world

Every once in a while a piece of academic research lands on my desk just at the right time. Just last week I read a research article from two academics in the US focusing upon strategy and the way that managers see the business environment (please see References [1] at […]


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 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 […]