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

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stock exchanges has declined by almost 50% from its peak in 1996, despite dramatic increase in aggregate market capitalization. firms gravitate towards digital strategies, firms have less need for elaborate finance, marketing, production, distribution, accounting, and human resource departments. Such acquisitions become more lucrative with rising first-mover advantages, pace of technological development, and network externality. westend61/Getty Images.

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What Investors Need to Know About Zimbabwe After Mugabe

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This is promising for a market formerly dubbed the “breadbasket of Africa.” ” 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. Mnangagwa’s first actions in office underscore how important he views economic recovery. ALEXANDER JOE/Getty Images.

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

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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. 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.

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. 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.

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. Tobin’s q is the ratio between a company’s market capitalization and the replacement cost of its tangible assets, with a higher ratio indicating that a company has more intangible assets such as patents, brands, leadership etc., Leadership Marketing

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.

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

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

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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

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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.

The Health Care Industry Needs to Start Taking Women Seriously

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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. Fifty-nine percent of women in our multi-market sample are making health care decisions for others. The good news: By engaging this market segment and rebuilding trust, health care companies can have a first-mover advantage.

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.