Why We Shouldn’t Worry About the Declining Number of Public Companies

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In a parallel development, the number of companies listed on U.S. The number of listed firms can decline because of three developments: 1) bankruptcy, failure, or closure of listed firms, 2) delisting of firms going private or acquired, and 3) decrease in number of initial public offerings (IPOs). Such acquisitions become more lucrative with rising first-mover advantages, pace of technological development, and network externality. westend61/Getty Images.

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A Survey of 3,000 Executives Reveals How Businesses Succeed with AI

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Our survey, in fact, showed that early AI adopters have primarily bought the right fit-for-purpose technology solutions, with only a minority of respondents both developing and implementing all AI solutions in-house. Long-term: Work with academia or a third party to solve a high-impact use case (augmented human decision making in a key knowledge worker role, for example) with bleeding-edge AI technology to potentially capture a sizable first-mover advantage.

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Strategic Choices Need to Be Made Simultaneously, Not Sequentially

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The CEO of a large Australian company called me to relay a particular strategy development problem his firm was facing, and ask for my advice. And Capabilities and Management Systems act as a reality check on the Where to Play and How to Win choice. If you can’t identify a set of Capabilities and Management Systems that you currently have, or can reasonably build, to make the Where to Play and How to Win choice come to fruition, it is a fantasy, not a strategy.

How Netflix Expanded to 190 Countries in 7 Years

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In the second quarter of 2018, its international streaming revenues exceeded domestic streaming revenues for the first time. In France and India, for example, homegrown leaders offer local-language video content, thus depriving Netflix of first-mover advantage. and Netflix has managed to make inroads into even those markets where Prime arrived first. Fernando Trabanco Fotografía/Getty Images.

How Netflix Expanded to 190 Countries in 8 Years

Harvard Business

In the second quarter of 2018, its international streaming revenues exceeded domestic streaming revenues for the first time. In France and India, for example, homegrown leaders offer local-language video content, thus depriving Netflix of first-mover advantage. and Netflix has managed to make inroads into even those markets where Prime arrived first. Fernando Trabanco Fotografía/Getty Images.

What Investors Need to Know About Zimbabwe After Mugabe

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Mugabe’s ouster and replacement with his one-time deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was the most significant development in the Southern African nation since it gained independence from Britain in 1980. ” Once one of Africa’s most developed markets – with a solid education system, good infrastructure, and a relatively large middle class – decades of mismanagement have cost Zimbabwe. Most importantly, executives have to follow developments closely.

The Hidden Costs of Initial Coin Offerings

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Blockchain startups raised over $5 billion in 2017 through ICOs and over $12 billion through the first three quarters of 2018. These ICOs are nearly always held when a project is at an immature stage of development akin to a seed stage startup — when it is testing hypotheses around its consumer value proposition and forming a founding team. This focused attention from developers has the added benefit of crowdsourcing feedback on the beta version of the project.

Structure Your Global Team for Innovation

Harvard Business Review

That's partly because they manage global projects like traditional ones. To get the most from dispersed innovation, managers need a different playbook. Here are three ways to set up and manage global innovation for success: 1. Assign oversight and support responsibility to a senior manager. Essilor undertook a project to develop photochromic lenses with partners PPG and Transitions Optical. To ensure first mover advantage, the schedule was extremely aggressive.

When to Change a Winning Strategy

Harvard Business Review

In our research on the telecom industry, for example, we found that the great majority of the executives we surveyed preferred internal development to external sourcing when they needed to develop differentiated products and services. To succeed, therefore, managers have to learn when and how to abandon the strategies they have grown up with. Pharmaceutical benefit managers (PBMs) were also growing in strength and aggressiveness.

What U.S. E-Commerce Can Learn from Its Global Copycats

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I know about this kind of thing first-hand. We were unable to capitalize on first mover advantage. But first mover advantage is a simplistic tenet of global strategy. With limited purchasing power, low credit card usage, and poor delivery networks, it''s clear that the approach for e-commerce in developing markets has to be different than in the U.S. A hybrid approach has to be developed — one that takes good elements from the U.S.

Five Myths of a CEO's First 100 Days

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Starting off on the right foot is crucial, especially during "the first 100 days," when new top executives are under intense scrutiny to prove they're equal to the job. Because he initially concentrated on assembling a strong team and personally communicating with them, he was able to develop a firm launch-pad for a variety of initiatives aimed at transforming the company. Perhaps the most dangerous myth of all is that a new CEO's worth can be judged in the "first 100 days."

The Health Care Industry Needs to Start Taking Women Seriously

Harvard Business Review

Instead, according to new research from the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI), the fundamental issue is the health care industry’s failure to develop a nuanced understanding of, and commitment to, women as consumers and decision makers. The good news: By engaging this market segment and rebuilding trust, health care companies can have a first-mover advantage. What is the greatest impediment preventing Americans from getting good health care?

Which Nation Has the Best 'Technik'?

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Paul Kennedy's seminal Rise and Fall of the Great Powers captures the way technological and economic advances have converted into strategic advantage, and how failure to "lock in" that edge accelerates imperial decline. s Human Development Index and the standard economic measure of per capita GDP illustrates just how important it is to develop a neutral, long-term-focused metric for progress. Many wealthy societies have low human-development scores (e.g.,