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Issue 72, Autumn 2013

Cover story

  • 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.

In this issue

An Uncommonly Cohesive Conglomerate, How Ready Are You for Growth, , The Thought Leader Interview: Loran Nordgren, and More

Leading Ideas

  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Life in the Matrix

    by Jon R. Katzenbach and Adam Michaels
    As companies evolve away from traditional hierarchies, a major cultural shift is required.
  • 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.

Books in Brief

  • 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.

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