Forget strategy: hit profit targets?

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The Times’ Patrick Hosking points to yet another lambast against sort-termism. The Trouble with Strategy explains why Finance is to blame for this, how Strategy should and can offer a solid alternative. In essence, the article [referring to Daniel Pinto’s Capital Wars ] argues that management, haunted by a minority of aggressive investors, pursue short-term profit targets and fail to make high-value investments for the future.

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Multi-business strategy dynamics

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Extending the strategy dynamics principles to related businesses is essentially simple. If a single business is a system of customers, products, capacity, people and cash, then a multi-business corporation could simply be a number of such independent systems. Indeed, that was a popular model in the 1970s – the diversified conglomerate, in which only investment and financial-objective choices were made at the centre. But this is now a discredited model because investors can make those decisions ...

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Precision agriculture (PA) roll-out

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Precision-agriculture means using fertiliser+pesticides+water exactly where needed, based on soil and crop conditions detected by satellite or ground sensors. An exec student, Brian Evarts at Cisco, just completed a fascinating and very encouraging project on potential roll-out of PA across a farming sector. PA results in big cuts in these costly inputs, increases in yields and less environmental damage.

In essence, it’s an adoption problem – farmers have to move from being unaware of the opportunity, to being aware, to being ...

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Strategy change dynamics

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My workshop with oil firm OMV‘s strategy team covered SD basics, plus new frameworks on strategy change. Slide-show content as follows:

Why Strategy Dynamics? 1min 08 sec
Principles of the method. 6min 47sec
Extensions to the frameworks. 32min 22sec
– staff pipeline example 35min 6sec
– equipment deterioration 39min 49sec
Strategic change 44min 54sec

My work to date has really focused on capturing the ...

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