Benchmarking danger!

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Big accounting firm asked about staffing models [see video, from time 22.00 ] to replace dumb benchmarking [that is: best-in-class leverage – partners:juniors ratios – for each type of business?] Benchmarking is worse than useless, it is dangerous.

Like all these big accountants and other professional firms they have several lines of business [audit, tax, advisory, M&A …] each needing a different mix of juniors, managers and partners. This is a classic dynamic-model issue, with ...

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Integrated Reporting Framework: not good enough

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See video on what is possible, from May’13 + Linked-In discussion. The IIRC launched its much heralded IR Framework <IRF> last night with a grand event at London’s Mansion House, introduced by Prince Charles and the Lord Mayor, and attended by the great and good from the corporate reporting world. Unfortunately, no significant movement has happened ...

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Models improve culture?

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Smart folk can crack complex challenges if working in a supportive culture, but dynamic models may help with that.

A contact in New Zealand recently highlighted a case where an IT group in a big mess cracked the quite complex challenges they faced with my friend’s help in building a culturally supportive team environment, so maybe they didn’t need the kind of quant-modeling that SD can offer.

But … I recently had a high-tech start-up case where sales/service/tech-development were at each others’ throats about ...

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Strategy Dynamics of Private Sector Development PSD

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More work for DFID shows SD works for Aid aimed at PSD. A sector = the sum of businesses in the sector, so we simply multiply the business model and enable businesses to start up and fail. Around this we can add constraints, such as poor roads or power, and use this to plan efforts to enable stronger growth. More on this in coming weeks.

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Strategy Dynamics in non-business cases

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Recent work for DFID on foreign Aid shows SD works for growth of Trade.  Export traffic is driven by traders and enabled by border crossings and staff. Around this simple core are other Enablers like good roads, and Disablers – banned products, corruption, documentation.  Plan is to build these principles into projects and programs of projects aimed at growing export trade from developing countries.

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