Strategy and the economy

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With worries about world economies falling back again, we could reflect on how we got in this mess, and some questions for Strategy.

Recessions usually start, I hear, in the corporate sector – falls in consumer or public spending then follow those business reversals, rather than the opposite. It can also be shown that an industry can fall into big cycles with no variability at all in underlying demand growth. If this happens in one sector, then both the boom and ...

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Strategy Dynamics Briefing 32: Fixing resource quality to get out of trouble

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Mostly we are concerned with relatively low-stress situations where management wishes to drive faster growth, avoid possible constraints, or reverse declining performance. Sometimes, though, organizations find themselves in crisis, with resources and revenues in sharp decline and financial losses that are worsening so fast as to threaten their survival. Drastic action may be unavoidable – but what action?

A case that illustrates these points concerns an investment fund company facing sharply declining profits after the stock market reversal in 2000/1. Similar ...

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Strategy + Financial Control

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Just spoke at the Austrian Financial Controller conference, organised by Contrast, the largest training and consulting firm in the market. “Controlling” in the German-speaking world is already a more strategic role than management accounting offers in the UK or US.  Strategy seems to feature little in either the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) or the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) – neither body’s professional qualifications appear to offer any content on ...

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Strategy Dynamics Briefing 2: It matters how we get there

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This is the second post in the fortnightly series of Strategy Dynamics Briefings. Despite a wide range of financial measures being available the interests of investors has led to the choice of one specific measure.

What is it?

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As you may know, strategy textbooks are largely devoted to commercial business situations, and as a result, the strategy ...

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Strategy Dynamics Briefing 1: What’s different about Strategy Dynamics?

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This is the first post in the series of Strategy Dynamics Briefings.  Join me, as I introduce and explain ideas behind Strategy Dynamics in these fortnightly blog posts.

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There are many strategy textbooks in the market but “Strategic Management Dynamics” starts from a slightly different point, which may make it seem a bit unconventional. When all is ...

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