More Strategy

  • November 25, 2008

    Six Rules for the New CFO

    by Irmgard Heinz, Jens Niebuhr, and Justin Pettit
    As central figures in mergers and acquisitions, today’s chief financial officers are redefining the practices of their profession.
  • November 25, 2008

    How to Win by Changing the Game

    by Cesare Mainardi, Paul Leinwand, and Steffen Lauster
    Investing in a capabilities-driven strategy will equip your company for growth in uncertain times.
  • November 11, 2008

    Don’t Be Afraid of the Bear

    by Steffen Leistner, Tanvir Hanif, and Thorsten Liebert
    Foreign banks can find opportunity in Russia if they are willing to navigate the risks.
  • September 18, 2008

    The Benefit of Self-Regulation Policies

    Self-policing measures can aid performance in firms that have good compliance records, but aren’t likely to improve the standing of companies with a history of regulatory issues.
  • September 11, 2008

    Taking the Long View on Mergers

    The operational benefits of acquisitions often aren’t apparent for 10 years or more, and the best indicator of success is approaching them as one piece of a larger corporate strategy.
  • September 9, 2008

    Why Corporate Buyers Are Dominating M&A

    by Edward H. Baker
    Amid the tightest credit conditions in decades, the market for corporate control is favoring low-leverage, growth-oriented transactions.
  • August 26, 2008

    A Growth Strategy for the Long Term

    by Rabih Abouchakra, Mazen Ramsay Najjar, and Richard Shediac
    Economies that depend primarily on a single resource are exposed to ongoing shocks, but an export-based diversification strategy can alleviate the tremors.
  • August 26, 2008

    Recent Research

    by Georgia Flight
    On the appeal of logos, the impact of downsizing, the contagiousness of crisis, and the value of IT.
  • August 26, 2008

    The Real Value of Intangibles

    by Denise Caruso
    There is no accepted standard for appraising the worth of nonphysical assets like brands, human capital, and managerial expertise. Yet these are the essence of 21st-century business.
  • August 26, 2008

    The Rise of the New Blue Chips

    by Gerald Adolph and Justin Pettit
    Competitive companies from emerging economies are vying on the same level in mergers with the most powerful corporations in the West.
  • August 7, 2008

    Negotiating for Optimal Work–Life Balance

    Before entering into job negotiations, women should determine how much they expect to earn and what type of work situation would be most advantageous for all parties.
  • July 17, 2008

    CFO Turnover in the Era of Accountability

    The Sarbanes-Oxley Act has forced CFOs to be more answerable for their firms’ accounting, and to pay a steep professional price for reporting trouble.
  • June 10, 2008

    CEO Succession 2007: The Performance Paradox

    by Per-Ola Karlsson, Gary L. Neilson, and Juan Carlos Webster
    The news this year is that even those chief executives who deliver subpar returns are showing unexpected staying power.
  • June 10, 2008

    First Capital, Then Strategy

    by Seamus McMahon and Michael McKeon
    The turbulence of financial markets is reversing the sequence of an optimal planning process.
  • May 22, 2008

    Marketing with a Crystal Ball

    Consumers may be more inclined to try a product if it’s positioned as something they could benefit from in the future.
  • April 29, 2008

    Winning the PR Wars

    by William J. Holstein
    CEOs must learn to manage the media if they want to influence how their stories are told.
  • January 31, 2008

    A Precise Price Can Increase Sales

    People tend to misjudge precise prices as being less than round prices of similar value. This discovery could have significant implications for buyers, sellers, and pricing strategists in any number of industries.
  • January 24, 2008

    The Value of Public–Private Collaboration in Emerging Markets

    Building relationships with public and private institutions can help emerging businesses upgrade their operations and gain access to knowledge, technology, and contacts — all of which can lead to substantial improvements in quality.
  • January 17, 2008

    The Effects of Bank Deregulation

    Contrary to some expectations, liberalizing restrictions on interstate bank branching has diminished income inequities for many workers.
  • January 10, 2008

    Is “One Share–One Vote” the Best System?

    One share–one vote systems, by weakening insiders, make it more likely that value-increasing takeovers will occur. Often, insiders are the only shareholders who will resist such takeovers, and other investors are out of luck if they don’t have voting power.
  • January 10, 2008

    Do Store Brands Affect Customer Loyalty?

    From a strict loyalty perspective (ignoring the benefits of higher margins), many stores have already overdone private labels. But for value-oriented chains, the loyalty effects are less pronounced; their goal should simply be to convince customers that their private-label goods are of high quality.