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A Refresher on Internal Rate of Return

Harvard Business Review

There are a variety of methods you can use to calculate ROI — net present value , payback, breakeven — and internal rate of return , or IRR. The IRR is the rate at which the project breaks even. If the IRR is higher, it’s a worthwhile investment. IRR doesn’t give you real dollars. Further Reading.

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Walmart Broadens ROI for Green Power

Harvard Business Review

We worship internal rates of return (IRR) to our detriment. For years I've made the case that companies should shift their decision-making and investment criteria to take into account intangible and longer-term benefits that are missed in normal IRR calculations. But only a handful of leaders do this consistently.

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Lafley’s P&G Brand Cull and the 80/20 Rule

Harvard Business Review

The demands of 80/20 criteria shifts the innovation emphasis away from more traditional financial metrics around DCF , IRR , and NPV and toward better understanding of how novelty preserves, protects, and extends the 80/20 franchise.

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Three Headwinds for Facebook's IPO

Harvard Business Review

For every 10 investments, a good firm may have one defining investment, returning hundreds of percent in IRR. Venture investors look for home runs. They invest millions in the hopes of achieving billions in returns. However, the public market investor is looking for very different opportunities.

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Two Forces Moving Business Closer to Climate Action

Harvard Business Review

and an IRR of 27% for those companies with the most aggressive, science-based goals and actions on climate. This is the second tipping point that will really drive action: The economics behind a clean economy shift are very strong.

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Connecting To Happiness: A Single Model For Leadership Excellence

Terry Starbucker

The goal is a high IRR, and the resulting Cause is “ meaningfully increasing shareholder value”. A quick example – in the case of investors, the Work that needs to be respected are their acts of putting their money at risk. The WMTH is the satisfaction of funding a successful company.

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What If Companies Managed People as Carefully as They Manage Money?

Harvard Business Review

A veritable alphabet soup (ROA, RONA, ROIC, ROCE, IRR, MVA, APV, and the like) exists to measure our financial capital. How can we manage human capital better? Measure it. As the adage goes, you can’t manage what you can’t measure.