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Super-Fluid Companies Keep Pace with Customer Needs

Many companies struggle to keep up with today’s supercharged, constantly evolving competitive markets, where customers needs, products and technologies change at ever-increasing speed. An in-depth study of the global telecom equipment leader Huawei Technologies by researchers from Cambridge University’s Judge Business School and China’s Zhejiang University’s School of Management offers a detailed lesson in what […]

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How to Leverage Organizational’ Cultural Toolkit’ for Change

Significant developments such as new strategies, new competitive pressures, or new leadership often require changes to a company’s organizational culture. This undertaking, however, is complicated by the amorphous nature of organizational culture as an invisible but pervasive force guiding how people think and behave, rather than a tangible and clearly defined facet of the company […]

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How to Align Conflicting Corporate Strategies to Functions

Corporate strategy rarely offers a clear and unified directive for the company’s functions and business units. Instead, companies often have competing sets of corporate strategies. In a study based on the product development activities of a large food company, researchers from Oregon State University and the University of Auckland demonstrate that strategic alignment challenges can […]

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Ignoring Collaborative Demands Sinks Agile Teams

The concept of agility — an approach to innovation and development based on shorter project timeframes, focused targets and ‘sprints’ — was first conceived in software development companies. Metaphors such as SEAL teams are used to describe these fast-moving, nimble project teams.  This attractive concept is spreading to more traditional companies and industries, although with […]

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Stakeholder Pressure Leads to Significant Environmental Strategy Adoption

GHG-intensive firms in the energy and industrial sectors are the source of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions recognized as the major cause of climate change. Not surprisingly, these firms are under pressure, notably from stakeholders and regulatory agencies, to reduce GHG emissions. Does this pressure have an impact on the environmental-friendly efforts and strategies of […]

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Staying Competitive Today While Preparing Full-On for Future Success

Ambidexterity involves two goals that are often at odds:  exploitation – successfully competing in the present with quality products and services, superior execution, and successful marketing; and  exploration – preparing to win the future through investments in R&D and innovation and acquiring the knowledge to anticipate changes in the business environment.  How can companies navigate […]

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