Corporate Portolio Management

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Just been made aware of CPM – may be useful to strategic management. It seems to have come from the challenge of deciding and managing multiple, large-scale projects in sectors such as defence, IT and construction. Curiously, although there is what looks like a substantial professional body – the CPM Association  – I could find little else on it, not even a Wikipedia entry.

The terminology may be a bit confusing, because ‘portfolio’ in strategic management usually refers to ...

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Good strategy from big listed firms

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I have been tough on the poor strategy seen over both of the last two boom-bust cycles, so good to see in Sensible Giants from the Economist that the largest listed firms have disproportionately little debt compared with both smaller listed peers and private firms.

It seems that these large firms are both:

  • more able to fight off the stupid urgings of naive analysts who pushed less powerful companies to take on more debt to pursue unsustainable growth, with the implicit ...
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More items on strategy in the crisis

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Amongst the continuing stream of articles on this, some good ones [I’ve left out some bad or downright dangerous ones] include:

Seven Ways Forward from Booz & Co’s strategy+business on, with specifics for Manufacturing, Consumer Products, Aerospace and Defense, Telecom, Finance, and general guidance on rebuilding capabilities for long-term growth.

Surviving the Downturn: Lessons from Emerging Markets from Sloan Mgmt Review [title self-explanatory]

Three Opportunities to Seize in the Downturn a blog post from Harvard Business ...

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MBAs not learning to avoid crises

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In MBA Students Aren’t Learning to Avoid Future Crises from Net Impact, 90% surveyed blame short-term business focus for the crisis … and fewer than a quarter think their courses help them avoid future crises. Still not seen any sign of strategy approaches to help with this, as featured in my recent presentation, which offers some suggestions.

It seems today’s MBA students, if not all those they follow, are pretty smart.

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The balanced scorecard

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A large Management Development community I track has been discussing how we could have prepared people better for the current troubles, and some have advocated the Balanced Scorecard [BSC]. I have used BSC in strategy teaching for some years, ...

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