Aid for Trade

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Some UK Aid aims to boost Trade to help cut poverty. Videos + models at http://sdl.re/AidForTradeVideos show how planning and managing Aid for Trade could be enhanced using strategy dynamics principles. [From a pilot study for DFID, the UK Dept for International Development. Many other Aid agencies also work on Aid for Trade]

Three things need to work for small scale exporters to trade [a] Access : ports or border crossings, roads or other links to get there …[b] Capacity : buildings ...

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Integrated Reporting and tackling short-termism

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KPMG are amongst a large group of accounting firms and regulators involved in the International Integrated Reporting Council www.theiirc.org. The Council is working on guidelines for how companies should report information that more effectively explains to investors and other stakeholders how the business works. This, it is hoped, will enable better understanding of a firm’s performance and prospects, and tackle the issue of “short termism” amongst management and investors that is believed to be widespread and problematic. The guidelines ...

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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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Beyond budgeting

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Great presentation on Beyond Budgeting at the Perf Mgmt Assn in Cambridge by head of reporting at Statoil. A small group of top corporations [see Linked-In] including names like Google, Telenor, Toyota are junking the whole idea of annual budgets and devolving continuous target-setting to teams. If I understood correctly, in principle any team can change any target, and any performance indicator, at any time, for any reason – the control being credibility with their peers, ...

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Strategy Dynamics Briefing 41: Important implications of the customer choice pipeline

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This briefing offers some observations that, whilst illustrated by Briefing 40, are far more general. Here they are…

  1. The difference between good strategy and poor can be massive, as the contrast between the two cases in briefing 40 clearly shows. We have previously pointed out that superior profitability is not the main concern of investors, who tend to value growth in earnings. Furthermore, performance differences on such measures are not typically very wide. On the other hand, firms may differ by ...
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