2 new strategy dynamics books

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Now available are republished editions of two short books, aimed at upper-level strategy and HR execs, and useful in short courses. Business Expert Press has done a fine job editing and producing them:  

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Big mistake at Starbucks?

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I’ve blogged on Starbucks before, but just seen their results for y/e Sep08, with sales up $9.4>10.4bn but profits down $1.1>0.5bn. A pity, but what are they doing about it?

To see the 6-year path that brought them to this point , see their 07 Annual Report. Store numbers and revenues multiplied by ~2.5 – operating profits and earnings more than tripled ! How do you do that? – by squeezing more margin out, so operating margins up ...

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Aging workforce – another approach

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I see strategy+business is reporting one effort to deal with this crisis – in the oil industry [The Digital Oilfield Advantage]. Here’s another sector with a tidal wave of professionals rapidly flowing towards retirement – click here for an extract from chapter 6 of Strategic Management Dynamics which discusses where this tidal wave came from [thanks to Prof Mukul Sharma of Uni of Texas for his extensive research on training and employment of petroleum engineers].

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Finding talent in emerging markets

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Amongst a rich crop of articles in November’s HBR is Winning the Race for Talent in Emerging Markets, which cleverly shows how the nature of the challenge varies a lot between different countries and some ideas what to do about it.  To see what one big winner has done about it, see the Infosys 07/8 Annual Report – mighty impressive!

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