Leadership and Competition

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I’m always on the lookout for new practitioners entering the market where we have practice areas, disruptive technology, or changes in the landscape that could disintermediate certain aspects of the market. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth.

Disruptive Business Models | N2Growth Blog

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So, in today’s post I’ll examine the power of disruption as a key business driver… Disruptive business models focus on creating, disintermediating, refining, reengineering or optimizing a product/service, role/function/practice, category, market, sector, or industry.

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Procurement's Best-Priced Deal May Stifle Innovation

Harvard Business Review

In other words, innovation occurs when we bypass or disintermediate procurement. Procurement couldn't help but manage its selection criteria differently if it operationally lived with the knowledge that getting the best-priced deal was no longer good enough. The real-world drawback with this declaration of innovation interdependence is neither cultural nor operational. Innovation Operations Organizational culture

How Technology Is Transforming Retail - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM Ocado

Harvard Business Review

The big retailers are getting squeezed and disintermediated at both ends. Technology Operations Data Retail & Consumer Goods Sponsor ContentBy Paul Clarke, Chief Technology Officer, Ocado. Across the retail landscape, a war is going on, and the battles are being fought on multiple fronts: business models, channels, brands, customers, technologies, and more. Some of these are old scores reignited by new protagonists armed with new weapons, but quite a few are new clashes.

What Africa’s Banking Industry Needs to Do to Survive

Harvard Business Review

Technology has emerged as a competitive weapon in driving operational excellence and superior service quality. As competition heats up and provision of personalized services becomes critical, banks need to consolidate disparate data sets scattered over decades of their operations.

We Don’t Need a Whole New Regulatory Regime for Platforms Like Uber and Airbnb

Harvard Business Review

In other words, they sold their real estate assets to institutional investors and private wealth funds, and they began to operate as essentially management companies focused on defining a brand proposition, marketing and generating sales.

What an OTT Future Means for Brands

Harvard Business Review

The core disruptive concept is that the “pipe” created by the cable MSOs (multiple system operators) no longer provides the sole gateway to consumers’ television screens. Think about messaging: We’ve relied on mobile phone operators (AT&T, Verizon, et al.)

Four Tips for Better Strategic Planning

Harvard Business Review

Strategic plans are often filled with empty phrases such as “Leverage our World Class Operating Capabilities” or head-scratching aspirations like “Reshape Our Pricing and Trade Strategy to Effectively Drive Demand While Maintaining Market Access.” To counter this dynamic, the CEO of a large financial services firm banned her organization from using a list of words and phrases such as “leverage” “synergy,” “disintermediation,” and “robust” (to pick a few of the most overused terms ).

Who Rules the Web Now?

Harvard Business Review

Adding a profile on Facebook has little to no impact on Facebook's operating costs. Amazon's widget that makes it easy to shop from inside Facebook reveals one way this oligopoly will become increasingly interconnected, while disintermediating as many others as it can. Rayport is an Operating Partner at Castanea Partners , a Boston-based private equity firm focused on retail, information, and marketing services, and was formerly a faculty member at Harvard Business School.

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What’s Holding Uber Back

Harvard Business Review

Ideally, the innovator has a proprietary technology that makes the offering simple and affordable, or it has developed an innovative operating model that enables the business to keep its costs radically lower than competitors’ as it scales up. It can take advantage of network effects in its operations, since the more drivers it recruits, the more valuable its service become and the more other drivers want to join in. As a consumer, I absolutely love Uber.

Blockchain Could Make the Insurance Industry Much More Transparent

Harvard Business Review

Intermediaries or “trust brokers” do not have to be written out of the equation — or disintermediated — as many blockchain enthusiasts argue. This gap between insurers and customers can be widened into a gulf by trust brokers, who dominate the top-heavy insurance brokerage market and benefit from its opacity and byzantine operating standards.

Blockchain Will Transform Customer Loyalty Programs

Harvard Business Review

Many industries have experienced disruption, due to technologies that successfully reduced inefficiencies and frictions, often disintermediating established players in the process. Such platforms would add a transaction layer between consumers and program operators and merchants, likely generating a small per-transaction cost, which could grow over time, much like OTA fees. Loyalty programs have proliferated across travel, retail, financial services, and other economic sectors.

The Real Secret to Thriving Amid Disruptive Innovation

Harvard Business Review

It's media disintermediation at work! The by-now-standard, Christensen-inspired corporate response to disruptive innovation is to create a separate operation, with different incentives and structure than the parent organization, to exploit the innovation. I'm sitting at DLD , a new-media conference hosted by an old media company (German magazine publisher Burda) in Munich. Arthur Sulzberger Jr. of the New York Times Co.

The Solution to the Skills Gap Could Already Be Inside Your Company

Harvard Business Review

For instance, a data center operator might make a skills pivot that could lead to a role as a data scientist as some at AT&T have done. To the contrary, I believe programs like AT&T’s provide opportunities to keep employee populations relevant—and those with relevant skills are less likely to get disintermediated. Is the developed world on the verge of a skills crisis?

What the Marketing Agency of the Future Will Do Differently

Harvard Business Review

How do agencies ensure their future by being able to help brands sell more and build stronger loyalty in such a disrupted and disintermediated world, where every individual is consuming so much media from so many different channels? It's a murky, unclear future for the marketing agency, but one thing is for certain: things are changing at an exponential pace. An agency used to act as the executional arm of the marketing department.

How to Succeed in Business by Bundling – and Unbundling

Harvard Business Review

Barksdale: I think we use the term “disintermediate” a lot more than we do “unbundle from these terrible corporations.” And so, ironically, the bundlers of that era were operating probably illegally, in the way that they were forcing the bundle and then price-fixing the bundle. Much of the business story of the digital age so far has been about taking products and institutions apart — unbundling them.