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

Harvard Business

In a parallel development, the number of companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges has declined by almost 50% from its peak in 1996, despite dramatic increase in aggregate market capitalization. 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). westend61/Getty Images.

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What Investors Need to Know About Zimbabwe After Mugabe

Harvard Business

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. This is promising for a market formerly dubbed the “breadbasket of Africa.” Mnangagwa’s first actions in office underscore how important he views economic recovery. Most importantly, executives have to follow developments closely.

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

Harvard Business

Thirty percent of early AI adopters in our survey — those using AI at scale or in core processes — say they’ve achieved revenue increases, leveraging AI in efforts to gain market share or expand their products and services. 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. Photo by Aaron Burson.

Strategic Choices Need to Be Made Simultaneously, Not Sequentially

Harvard Business

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

Harvard Business

In the second quarter of 2018, its international streaming revenues exceeded domestic streaming revenues for the first time. It also must face a diverse set of national regulatory restrictions, such as those that limit what content can be made available in local markets. In France and India, for example, homegrown leaders offer local-language video content, thus depriving Netflix of first-mover advantage. Netflix did not try to enter all markets at once.

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. It also must face a diverse set of national regulatory restrictions, such as those that limit what content can be made available in local markets. In France and India, for example, homegrown leaders offer local-language video content, thus depriving Netflix of first-mover advantage. Netflix did not try to enter all markets at once.

The Hidden Costs of Initial Coin Offerings

Harvard Business

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.

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

Harvard Business Review

Every new market I look at seems to have an Amazon-style copycat — a website that looks, functions, and sells products a lot like a well-known online retailer. In India there''s Flipkart , in Russia there''s Ozon , and in Thailand, Indonesia, and other South East Asia markets there''s Lazada. I know about this kind of thing first-hand. We were unable to capitalize on first mover advantage.

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.

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. According to our report The Power of the Purse: Engaging Women Decision Makers for Healthy Outcomes , which was based on a multi-market survey of 9,218 respondents in the U.S., Women account for a significant chunk of the market.

Which Nation Has the Best 'Technik'?

Harvard Business Review

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.,