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November 27, 2012

Best Business Books 2012: Strategy

Considering Competition
November 27, 2012

The Lesson of Lost Value

A new study finds that underestimating strategic risk is the number one cause of shareholder value destruction. But it doesn’t have to be.
November 27, 2012

The Thought Leader Interview: William J. O’Rourke

The former head of Alcoa Russia teaches executives that in international business practice, ethics and competitive advantage go hand in hand.
November 27, 2012

The Offline Executive

A manager’s effectiveness depends not only on using e-mail and other electronic communication, but also on learning to shut it down.
August 28, 2012

The Business Case for the European Union

To corporate leaders, this year’s economic crisis is a sign that a more unified Europe is a solution, not a problem.
August 28, 2012

Planning for Facebook’s Future

As CEO of a public company, Mark Zuckerberg needs to engage his board in developing the next generation of leaders.
August 28, 2012

School Reform for Realists

Partnerships between business and education have a place in solving the talent gap, but not in the way most executives expect.
August 28, 2012

Why Walmart Is Like a Forest

Thinking about your company as an ecosystem yields lessons for innovation, growth, and renewal.
August 28, 2012

Managing in a Multipolar World

Why global companies need to rethink their operating models.
August 20, 2012

Staying on the Road to Growth

Even amid ongoing tensions, Middle East leaders must maintain their commitment to economic reform.
August 6, 2012

Blank Checks: Unleashing the Potential of People and Businesses

How an unusual management technique inspires business teams to envision — and achieve — breakthrough results.
June 1, 2012

Strategy or Execution: Which Is More Important?

Many business leaders think they’d rather have great execution than superior strategies, but you can’t have the first without the second.
May 29, 2012

Is Your Company Fit for Growth?

A more strategic approach to costs can help you prepare for the next round of expansion.
May 29, 2012

Connections with Integrity

The venture capitalist who cofounded LinkedIn reveals the surefire system that he has used since high school for evaluating potential business relationships.
May 29, 2012

The Steve Jobs Way

Leaders can learn a lot from the late Apple CEO, but not all of it should be emulated.
May 29, 2012

The Right Role for Top Teams

Analysis of informal networks offers a potent leadership model for the C-suite: Make top teams the hub of the enterprise, and watch performance improve.
May 29, 2012

Strategy: An Executive’s Definition

What is a business strategy? It is the result of choices made to maximize long-term value.
May 29, 2012

Three Games of Strategic Thinking

Decision makers struggling with uncertainty can choose from a trio of probabilistic models to match the type of risks they face.
May 29, 2012

China’s Mid-Market Innovators

A new category of competitor — low-price, medium-quality Chinese B2B upstarts — is shaking up the global competitive landscape.
May 24, 2012

CEO Succession 2011: The New CEO’s First Year

Big companies are once again appointing new chief executives in greater numbers, Booz & Company’s annual study finds. Here’s a close look at the incoming class, and some advice from veterans on how they can best navigate their crucial first year.
May 24, 2012

Navigating the First Year: Advice from 18 Chief Executives

CEOs who took part in Booz & Company’s 2011 study of CEO turnover share their thoughts about the difficulties they faced, the successes they achieved, and what, in retrospect, they might have done differently in their first year on the job.
April 27, 2012

The Two Levels of Strategy

Business strategy is best distinguished from corporate strategy by the different perspectives that business leaders and strategic planners must bring to bear.
April 9, 2012

Diagnosing Your Top Team’s Span of Control

What is the right number of direct reports for any incoming C-level executive? A new diagnostic tool can provide the answer, based on each leader’s situation and strategy.
April 2, 2012

Netflix Wasn’t All Wrong

Six months after video rental company CEO Reed Hastings was forced into a strategic retreat from Qwikster, strategists can still learn a lot from his decision.
February 28, 2012

Big Pharma’s Uncertain Future

The business model that drove the major drugmakers’ success isn’t working anymore. The survivors will be those that make smart strategic bets supported by winning capabilities.
February 22, 2012

The Capabilities Premium in M&A

A new study of inorganic growth shows that deals made to enhance or leverage the things that companies do well consistently outperform others.
February 17, 2012

Winning Moves for 12 Industries

Every industry faces its own challenges in 2012’s turbulent, uncertain economic environment. These capabilities systems could pave the way for business growth and development in a dozen key sectors.
February 17, 2012

Telecom: Provide Experience


January 30, 2012

Seven Value Creation Lessons from Private Equity

What top-tier PE firms can teach public companies about creating and sustaining value over time.