StrategyDriven Enterprises Partners with Xen Wireless to Form StrategyDriven Analytics, a Utility Industry Asset Management Blind Benchmarking Service

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven Enterprises LLC and Xen Wireless form StrategyDriven Analytics to provide utility industry executives and managers with asset management program benchmarking data supporting operational and investment decisions and fleet and individual plant performance assessments.

Six Ways to See the World through New Lenses—and Lead More Effectively

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Senior managers at Allianz Global Investors, a global asset management company, attended a workshop called Dialogue in the Dark, led by visually impaired trainers who conducted the entire workshop in total darkness.

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Just How Useless Is the Asset-Management Industry?

Harvard Business Review

Writing under a pseudonym in the Financial Analysts Journal in 1960, mutual fund executive Jack Bogle made "The Case for Mutual Fund Management." After costs, actively managed mutual funds trail the market. trillion in assets in 2010, up from $25.8

StrategyDriven Enterprises Extends its Energy Advisory Services, Partners with NTE Solutions

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven Enterprises, LLC and NTE Solutions partner to provide energy industry executives and managers with asset lifecycle management and regulatory compliance advisory services. Risk management and compliance. Project development and management.

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Greg Gaskey Named StrategyDriven Enterprises Chief Operations Officer

Strategy Driven

Executive leader brings hands-on management and operational experience to StrategyDriven’s Power & Utilities focused advisory services.

Nathan Ives Named StrategyDriven Enterprises Chief Executive Officer

Strategy Driven

Senior industry leader adds hands-on management and operational experience to StrategyDriven’s Power & Utilities focused advisory services.

Who Should Actually Have Say on Pay?

Harvard Business Review

At 74% of the 1,471 companies that have voted so far in 2013, according to Equilar''s say-on-pay tracker , the "yes" percentage exceeded 90%. Only 31 companies (2%) have gotten sub-50% no-confidence votes in 2013. Say-on-pay is part of a big shift in recent years toward giving professional money managers more tools to affect the governance of (and in some cases discipline the managers of) corporations. It''s say-on-pay season at American corporations.

Sustainability in Financial Services Is Not About Being Green

Harvard Business Review

Examples of governance performance include management of the legal and regulatory environment, systemic risk management, and managing conflicts.

The End of Economists' Imperialism

Harvard Business Review

Lazear went on to describe how economists, with the University of Chicago's Gary Becker leading the way , had been running roughshod over the other social sciences — using economic tools to study crime, the family, accounting, corporate management, and countless other not strictly economic topics. "By almost any market test, economics is the premier social science," Stanford University economist Edward Lazear wrote just over a decade ago.

Is It Ever OK to Break Into Your Colleague’s Computer?

Harvard Business Review

Steve, a portfolio manager for a major mutual fund company, understood that his company monitored internet use of all employees. I had been preparing a client presentation with several of my colleagues at our asset management firm. Fingering the transgressor may be the most satisfying aspect to digital sleuthing, but managers must understand the negative impact of monitoring our co-workers. Ethics IT management Technology

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When He Retires and She Still Works, What Happens?

Harvard Business Review

As Julie, a high profile investment manager, told me, “instead of wives who raised children and managed the home waiting for their spouses to finally retire so they can travel around the world together, there are now a slew of husbands waiting for their wives to retire.”. At age 48, in 2004, I decided to leave my great job as a mutual fund manager to co-found an asset management firm.

Free Yourself from Conventional Thinking

Harvard Business Review

I recently employed this principle with a large asset management firm. However, management was not convinced. Still, management remained unconvinced, believing that workers must be directed, tightly managed, and never allowed to set their own pace. Groundbreaking ideas are no longer a luxury when success is contingent upon an organization''s ability to adapt, innovative, and improve.

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Stop Assuming Your Data Will Bring You Riches

Harvard Business Review

For example, a product evaluating nonprofit organizations may be highly useful to a wealth manager seeking to help his client to select a charity as part of a value-added tax efficiency service. Or a healthcare data offering evaluating physicians’ perceptions on a new drug may be useful not only to brand managers at pharmaceutical companies, but also to portfolio managers at asset management firms seeking to find promising investment opportunities.

Rethinking Sustainability in Light of the EU’s New Circular Economy Policy

Harvard Business Review

We are academics and practitioners focused on product recovery economics and life cycle asset management. We began collaborating when we recognized how interlaced asset management and product recovery were in textbook CEs. Our combined skill sets (academic expertise on leasing, the choice of modularity and refurbishing, and practical expertise on asset management and product recovery) allowed us to identify three approaches to breaking through.

Venture Capitalists Get Paid Well to Lose Money

Harvard Business Review

2013 had all the signs of being a comeback year for venture capital. Yet 2013 annual industry performance data from Cambridge Associates shows that venture capital continues to underperform the S&P 500, NASDAQ and Russell 2000. LPs pay VCs like asset managers, not investors. This fixed 2% fee structure creates the incentive to accumulate and manage more assets.

It’s Time to Tie Executive Compensation to Sustainability

Harvard Business Review

BlackRock, the largest asset manager in the world, recently said , “Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors relevant to a company’s business can provide essential insights into management effectiveness and thus a company’s long-term prospects.” Since the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh in 2013, garment retailers such as Walmart have contributed to improving working conditions for workers.

Universities Are Missing Out on an Explosive Growth Sector: Their Own

Harvard Business Review

One outside manager of many endowments I spoke to confirmed to me that there has been “no mandate” from clients to be investing in the future of higher education. “I Those who manage money for higher education, I propose, need to get much more interested in the market they are in. Many universities manage billions in research funding, but there is usually no R&D budget for their own product, namely delivering education to willing buyers.

The “40-Year-Old Intern” Goes to Wall Street

Harvard Business Review

In mid-September 2013, 10 professionals returning from multi-year career breaks walked into 270 Park Avenue in New York City to begin the J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Head of Diversity Gordon Cooper told me his firm is now introducing a Legal ReEntry Program. (In The use of internships as a testing ground helps remove any perceived risk that some managers may associate with hiring from this pool, and gives the participants a gradual and structured ramping-up platform.

Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2012

Harvard Business Review

A GreenBiz report indicated that progress had slowed or even regressed, but MIT and BCG also declared that sustainability had reached a "tipping point" with more companies putting sustainability "on the management agenda.". Five Questions For 2013. on to 2013.

Why Those Guys Won the Economics Nobels

Harvard Business Review

The prizes were awarded “for their empirical analysis of asset prices,” but what the three had been doing looked from the outside less like a common endeavor than a not-all-that-coherent argument. Others, most notably money managers and former Fama students Cliff Asness and John Liew in an epic Institutional Investor article , have done a lot recent to clarify how Fama’s ideas and Shiller’s can at least co-exist peacefully. And that’s what these guys [the 2013 Nobel winners] did.