Strategy Dynamics Briefing 60: Competing for staff

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Competition for staff is widespread, not only in corporate settings but in non-profit and public sectors too. Rivalry for highly skilled and experienced people can be so ferocious that it is sometimes known as the ‘war for talent’. Less-skilled staff can be scarce too, so rivalry for employees concerns most organizations at some time. Type-1 rivalry to hire new staff and type-2, to persuade staff to switch from competitors, dominate this issue, since it is rare for staff to work ...

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Strategy Dynamics Briefing 36: Developing resources

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So far, we have simply assumed that resources can be switched on and off, but in many cases, resources may develop through a series of states. Sometimes this happens entirely within an organization, such as products being moved through stages in the R&D process. For some items, though, development may extend outside the organization, such as the growing awareness and interest of potential customers, and the continued influence of former customers.
How does this influence strategic thinking?

Staff developmentThe promotion of ...

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Strategy Dynamics Briefing 14: A “spreadsheet” view of resource accumulation

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All this talk about how accumulation is different than the usual way we think of causal relationships may have got you worried…

Is this some mysterious process that needs fancy methods to work?

Although the time-charts and diagram structures we use may see an unfamiliar way of looking at business performance, they simply re-present what could equally be shown in a spreadsheet.Take this figure from the last briefing, where a constant rate of customer gains interacts with a rising loss rate to ...

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