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strategy+business (Issue 72 / Autumn 2013)

Below is a full article list from this issue of strategy+business.


The Business Case for Nature
by Mark Tercek
By demonstrating the value of investing in the environment, conservationists can forge unexpected partnerships and reap large-scale benefits.
 
The Big Bite of Small Brands
by Elisabeth Hartley, Steffen Lauster, and J. Neely
Upstarts are gaining market share across consumer packaged goods categories. Here’s how incumbents can respond.
 
How to Let 999 Flowers Die
by Freek Vermeulen
For innovation to flourish, variation must go hand in hand with selection.
 
Daniel Pink’s New Pitch
by Theodore Kinni
In today’s markets, we are all salespeople.
 
Is the Arctic the Next Emerging Market?
by Per-Ola Karlsson and Laurence C. Smith
The earth’s northernmost regions are rich in resources. The challenge will be accessing them sustainably. See also “Business Opportunities in the Arctic—In Pictures.”
 
Interactive s+b Trend Watch: Banks Go Digital
How streamlining bank–client interaction can lead to cost savings of 15 to 30 percent.
 
To an Analog Banker in a Digital World
by Catherine Palmieri
What happened to recorded music is about to happen to you. But only a few banks are making the right moves from branches to online services.
 
How to Design a Winning Company
by Ashok Divakaran, Gary L. Neilson, and Jaya Pandrangi
The eight components of your organizational genome hold the secret to unleashing superior performance.
 
Changing Structures and Behaviors at Walgreens
by Mark Wagner and Wayne Orvis
When your strategy shifts, you may need to redesign your organization as well.
 
Life in the Matrix
by Jon R. Katzenbach and Adam Michaels
As companies evolve away from traditional hierarchies, a major cultural shift is required.
 
How Ready Are You for Growth?
by Ashok Divakaran and Vinay Couto
A Booz & Company study reveals that only 17 percent of companies are poised for a profitable future.
 
The Secret to a Successful Divestiture
by Eduardo Alvarez, Steven Waller, and Ahmad Filsoof
When you are selling part of your company, don’t just offer buyers a potential asset; give them the capabilities to gain value from it.
 
An Uncommonly Cohesive Conglomerate
by George L. Roth
How United Technologies Corporation—owner of Pratt & Whitney, Otis Elevator, and a wide range of other businesses—became one of the major corporate success stories of the past two decades. See also “The Story of UTCʼs Success—In Pictures.”
 
The Thought Leader Interview: Loran Nordgren
by Ken Favaro and Amy D’Onofrio
The cofounder of unconscious thought theory explains how taking a break and distracting the mind can lead to higher-quality decision making.
 
Strategic Change without Tears
by Cynthia A. Montgomery
A review of Strategic Transformation: Changing while Winning, by Manuel Hensmans, Gerry Johnson, and George Yip.
 
The Wizards of Money
by Rob Norton
In The Alchemists, economic journalist Neil Irwin argues that the financial crisis of 2007–08 made the central bankers of the U.S., U.K., and Europe the most powerful people on earth.
 
Feminine Values Ascending
by Sally Helgesen
A review of The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future, by John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio
 
A Robot Ate My Job
by David K. Hurst
A review of Metaskills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age, by Marty Neumeier.
 
Getting IT and Marketing Managers to Make Nice
by Matt Palmquist
Differing views about technology usage can hurt a company’s performance.