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

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Our conclusion is supported by the fact that in each of the first three five-year intervals in the 21st century, 2001−2005, 2005−2010, and 2011−2015, the largest number of net delists, defined as the number of delisting firms minus the number of listing firms, occurred in software, electronics, and computer industry. Such acquisitions become more lucrative with rising first-mover advantages, pace of technological development, and network externality.

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

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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. In many cases, the change-management challenges of incorporating AI into employee processes and decision making far outweigh technical AI implementation challenges. There’s still time to make AI a competitive advantage.

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Strategic Choices Need to Be Made Simultaneously, Not Sequentially

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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. Many people ask me why Capabilities and Management Systems are part of strategy when they are really elements of execution.

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

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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.

What Investors Need to Know About Zimbabwe After Mugabe

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In this environment, multinationals that are willing to accept some risk and invest in the country could benefit from first-mover advantages – but only if the new administration follows through with much-needed economic reforms. Mnangagwa’s first actions in office underscore how important he views economic recovery. For example, after opening its first store in 2014, fast-food chain KFC recently opened its fifth branch in the country.

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. Those benefits fall into three categories: To jumpstart network effects that provide a first-mover advantage: Many of the projects being built using blockchain technology are “protocols” that govern the interactions between users in a decentralized autonomous network. Renee Comet/Getty Images.

Structure Your Global Team for Innovation

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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. To ensure first mover advantage, the schedule was extremely aggressive. Use rigorous project management and seasoned project leaders.

When to Change a Winning Strategy

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To succeed, therefore, managers have to learn when and how to abandon the strategies they have grown up with. Its story starts like many success stories do: An innovative concept coupled with a first-mover advantage, enabling a rapid physical expansion and generating increasing returns to scale. Pharmaceutical benefit managers (PBMs) were also growing in strength and aggressiveness. Companies tend to repeat what has worked for them in the past.

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. It offers COD payments, a difficult to manage payment method, and built its O-Courier delivery platform which Ozon believes is a key differentiator. Taking advantage of the local copycats, for many, is the best way forward.

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. An incoming CEO of an entertainment company, eager to secure first-mover advantage, instituted an ambitious growth strategy and set specific targets for managers. Perhaps the most dangerous myth of all is that a new CEO's worth can be judged in the "first 100 days."

Why Family Businesses Come Roaring out of Recessions

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Some studies (see here or here ) have shown that during periods of economic growth, family-managed companies in the US actually perform better than professionally managed businesses. It held true for both founder-managed companies, such as Dell and Microsoft, as well as for multiple family-member-managed corporations such as Walmart and Federated Investors.

The Health Care Industry Needs to Start Taking Women Seriously

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The good news: By engaging this market segment and rebuilding trust, health care companies can have a first-mover advantage. They must first develop gender smarts with customers and exhibit the behaviors women seek, as decision makers, to serve their needs. What is the greatest impediment preventing Americans from getting good health care? Surprisingly, it’s not the cost of 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. But America's edge is eroding fast as it struggles to keep first-mover advantage over its innovations. Five thousand years ago, use of the wheel began to spread from Mesopotamia across Eurasia, revolutionizing transport and enabling chariot warfare.