Why so many Tablet makers?

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This LinkedIn exchange asks why so many new entrants start up in growth industries when it’s obvious that most will fail. Another big case : during 2000-09 Europe added about 12 low-fare airlines – maybe 20 started and 8 failed? No – 60 started and 48 failed!

But I guess the industry dynamics make some kind of sense. In early years, the profit opportunity looks great (early airlines made ...

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Speed up clean-tech adoption

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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.

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Jump-Starting the Clean-Tech Economy

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HBR asks How to Jump-Start the Clean-Tech Economy and points out that initially-inferior technologies penetrate markets all the time. It also notes that inventing a new product alone may not be enough – a complete system may have to be initiated. There’s more we know though, that Govt and firms could and should be leveraging.

The experience-curve has been well-understood for half a century, and is now so axiomatic that tech-product innovators now simply incorporate its impact every time they ...

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Tipping point for hybrid cars

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In The Coming Boom in Hybrid Cars ‘in strategy+business makes out that sales of hybrid vehicles are following exactly what would be expected from ‘S-curve theory’ [?] – slow initial growth being driven by early adopters until the innovation becomes mainstream. Standard approaches have little to say about the scale or nature of change in such cases.

 Strategy dynamics frameworks capture, quantitatively, the interactions between improved functionality, pricing, marketing, as wellas those amongst different groups of customers. Much of this integrates long-established ...

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