Encouraging interview with Blair Sheppard, dean of Duke Business School, about increasingly mature expectations of future execuitves [their MBAs!] Seems they are looking for broader perspectives, linking business issues to societal and environmental issues, and not thinking the answer is to junk existing institutions but to make them work better. Blair says this needs better integration between schools of Business, Environment and Policy. We are not starting in a good place - though he claims business schools are already ‘interdisciplinary’ [i.e. they have all ...Continue Reading → Share
More solid stuff from Kaplan and Norton, which moves on somewhat from their balanced scorecard + strategy maps ideas. The Execution Premium points out “Strategy that does not link to operations is not strategic. It’s just pointless planning.” and goes on to outline how to plan operations to deliver the strategy – a notable omission from most business school strategy classes.Continue Reading → Share
A blog post by Roger Martin* makes a good case that CEOs find it hard to simultaneously make a good choice of where to play and how to win. He concludes they need to go beyond these basics and ‘creatively integrate’ these two views. True enough if performance were all about formulating strategy, but it forgets that order-of-magnitude differences in performance more often arise from relentless expert management of strategy, than from unique choices of where+how to play.
He also claims that ...Continue Reading → Share
A Chatham House report calls for policy makers to cut radically the time for clean technologies to be implemented. Even when technically and financially attractive, adoption takes decades. This can be changed – a big strategic opportunity for firms in relevant sectors, as well as massively important to society - see my note.Continue Reading → Share
In Green Is a Strategy, strategy+business makes a strong case that sustainability is becoming, not a nuisance issue to which business will have to react, so much as an opportunity for advantage that needs to be proactively grasped. A bit thin on details, but offers some good big principles. Given the severe environmental problems to which we are already condemned, the faster firms get going with this, the better! Further to my post on green recovery, it’s interesting to ...Continue Reading → Share