Portfolio of strategy initiatives

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A reminder from McKinsey makes a strong case that uncertainty calls for flexible pursuit of diverse initiatives – but strategic management of a portfolio of initiatives works is always needed. Any organizations takes at least some initiatives, over and above the continuing management of business-as-usual – major investments, product launches, entering new markets, setting up joint ventures and so on. The challenge is working out which to do in what order over what timescale for the best total impact on the trajectory of future performance, and ...

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The Growth/Share matrix lives!

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Offspring of the BCG matrix [and McKinsey/GE versions] are alive and well it seems – over 60% of top global companies actively use such tools, though not quite as in the 70s. Dieter Heuskel of BCG chaired a good session on this at the SMS conference this week. [See Managing for Value for example of his + colleagues’ work.] The panel showed early research findings on the matrices’ usage – which shows two key changes: 

  1. They are more sophisticated ...
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