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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Heroes of declining business

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We love to hear about the fantastic stories of growth when firms create and capture huge new opportunities, but strategy is just as important in declining sectors. Anyone out there fancy heading up Kodak’s camera-film business or Blockbuster’s video-rental stores? Finding new growth opportunities is critical, of course [e.g. print-production from digital images] but the imperative to squeeze value out of declining sectors can often contribute considerable value [Fuji, for example, suffered far less in the falling camera-film market than Kodak – a ...

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