Where was the strategic thinking?

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I’ve been posting on strategy in the downturn for a while now, but what makes me really angry is the strategic incompetence that led to this mess [search ‘incompetence’ for previous posts on this]. But now I’m puzzled – Harvard Business Review, McKinsey Quarterly, Strategy+Business, Economist, etc, etc, are full of advice from strategy experts on how to survive the problem, so I wondered how much they warned folk before that this was likely to happen? .. and how much ...

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Profiting from the downturn – e.g. airlines

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Nice example of what looks like a strategically sound business [Lufthansa] pouncing on valuable resources shaken loose when a feeble competitor [Alitalia] stumbles. The Economist reports they will be offering new services to eight other European cities from under-served Milan.  

With the downturn accelerating, there will be many more examples of weak firms forced to surrender potentially valuable resources – especially capacity and people – to those whose sound strategic management avoided getting into trouble. In the extreme, this will involve ...

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More on green consumers

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Following my recent post on Tim Devinney’s great work on the realities of green consumer behaviour, see ‘Helping green products grow‘ in McKinsey quarterly. it seems there are barriers that can be broken down at each stage of the purchasing process. Coping with [or taking advantage of] green pressures is clearly going to be a key skill for strategic business management, so it’s worth checking out suggestions like these.

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