Being recognized as an international brand is usually a decided competitive advantage. But some markets and certain consumers prefer local firms.
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- With manufacturing put into the hands of small firms and even consumers, traditional value chains may no longer be as advantageous.
- s+b BlogsAn executive’s character traits are linked to certain patterns in a firm’s investments, strategy decisions, and overall performance, a new study finds.
- s+b BlogsEmployees who push innovative products have a tough job, but can be encouraged by managers who grasp their motivations to succeed.
- s+b BlogsTweets and other posts reveal that employees experience varying levels of stress throughout the workweek, and weekends aren’t necessarily a reprieve.
- s+b BlogsWhen a company chooses to hold its shareholder meeting in a distant location or at an odd time, executives might be trying to avoid revealing bad news.
- s+b BlogsRecent ADA-related challenges raise questions over corporate initiatives designed to improve employees’ health.
- s+b BlogsIn mature product categories, the top companies usually compete fiercely for one another’s customers. But they might be better off focusing on the fringe consumers who haven’t yet picked a side.
- s+b BlogsThe rise of Web 2.0 platforms and social media programs has the potential to enhance the way colleagues collaborate, but old work habits die hard.
- s+b BlogsAppealing to the cultural and economic specifics of a foreign market is the key to getting consumers to shop more frequently and spend more.
- s+b BlogsWhen hiring CEOs, companies appear to focus on interpersonal skills while overlooking the candidate’s capacity to get the job done.
- s+b BlogsA large proportion of shareholder proposals contested by firms receive support from other investors when put to a vote.
- s+b BlogsCompanies might want to rethink the storied model of charging less up front to get more down the line — especially as e-commerce offers consumers ever greater flexibility, information, and selection.
- s+b BlogsExecutives who accumulate international know-how are no more likely than others to advance their career at multinational companies.
- s+b BlogsNumber crunching can be valuable for firms exploiting their existing resources, but can backfire for companies seeking to branch out with new products or services.
- s+b BlogsManufacturing and service firms differ in their approach to domestic and international philanthropy.
- s+b BlogsPhysical separation among coworkers isn’t necessarily an obstacle to innovative collaboration, and other types of breathing room may actually help productivity.
- s+b BlogsWorking with the same firms over and over again may boost a company’s revenue, but it can be costly.
- s+b BlogsIn most cases, when managers joke with their employees, it’s no laughing matter.
- s+b BlogsE-tailers create sponsored ads in a bid to attract online consumers, but lower-cost improvements to search placement can be more profitable.