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Book Review: Value Migration How to Think Several Moves Ahead of the Competition

By Denise A. Harrison Note: This article was previously published in Compass Points in October 1998. Book Review: Value Migration How to Think Several Moves Ahead of the Competition by Adrian J. Slywotzky Harvard Business School Press, 1996 – 310 pages How can we anticipate paradigm shifts in our industry? How can we anticipate new forms […]

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Types of Profitable Differentiation Value

Differentiation is a key competitive strategy. Yet some people tell me that they don’t see much benefit to differentiation in their markets. While there are places that this may be true – high volume grains, anyone? – there are so many paths to differentiation that it’s worth examining a few of them to see if […]

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Strategic Issues: The Pivotal Process for Strategic Success – Part Six

Thomas E. Ambler Note: This post is a part of a series taken from Tom Ambler’s article Strategic Issues: The Pivotal Process for Strategic Success previously published in Compass Points in July 1999.  In Part 1, we introduced the series and discussed What is a Strategic Issue?  In Part 2 we discussed How Does the Strategic Issues Process Relate to the Rest of […]

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Setting the Tone from the Top: Safety and Operational Excellence

By Denise Harrison  “How do you balance worker safety and overall production goals?”, asked an audience member at the CEG SMART Manufacturing Conference. Dennis A. Muilenburg, Boeing CEO, answered without hesitation, “We work safely before we think about production.” This answer reminded me of former Alcoa CEO, Paul O’Neill, just after he had taken the […]

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