Strategy & Administration
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Organizational Innovation in Historical Perspective
Part 1 New types of organizations are not new
Do we need new paradigms and 'breakthroughs'? What has proved its value over the centuries may give us something to hold on. So-called new types of organizations are recent expressions of the evolution of steering and self-organization. The changing balance between closer interdependencies and more autonomous units is related to competitive strength.
Published on 10-07-2006 [Strategy & Administration, Article]
Organizational Resilience in Times of Crisis
Does the people centered philosophy still work during crisis?
Is laying-off people during crisis a good strategy? Some organizational research is stating this does not work and may backfire even. The situation in the American airline industry after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 was an almost unparalleled crisis. An excellent chance to take the test. Which companies proved to be most resilient and why?
Published on 31-01-2006 [Strategy & Administration, Article]
The Mystery of Family Firms
Review of Managing for the Long Run: Lessons in Competitive Advantage from Great Family Businesses, Danny Miller and Isabelle Le Breton-Miller, (Harvard, 2005)
Family firms outperform public firms! What makes the difference? One of the conclusions: The lean-mean, bottom-lined focused firm is generally not the best design. Read this review.
Published on 21-03-2005 [Strategy & Administration, Reviews]
Alternatives to Psychopatic Organizations
A review of: the book and film, The Corporation by Joel Bakan
Popular organisational structures of governance are often heavily criticised. Their disadvantages seem to outweigh their advantages. In some ways, they may even been seen as psychopaths. Why is this the case? And perhaps more importantly, are there other structures that are superior? And what should be the specific role of the government in improving the effectiveness of organisational forms? Our correspondent in Canada, David Creelman, discusses some new literature regarding these issues and suggests a way forward.
Published on 13-07-2004 [Strategy & Administration, Article]
Managing Business Complexity
Complexity is a manager’s many-headed monster. Managing complexity effectively to better serve the full range of customer needs can give you a leg up on the competition. Reducing complexity can significantly improve a company’s competitiveness by simultaneously lowering costs, improving customer benefits and cutting response times. Timely analysis can help companies master the increasing complexity of business.
Published on 04-05-2004 [Strategy & Administration, Article]
The Nature of Organizations
Interview with Arie de Geus
Arie de Geus has received international acclaim as an author. Here, he takes a critical stance in regard to the tendency to think in terms of ' shareholder value'. This mindset often leads to companies treating people like products or skills to be bought for a limited purpose before being disposed of. Other methods of 'governorship' must be found to serve as an alternative to the 'limited liability company'. De Geus outlines the possibilities that he sees.
Published on 24-02-2004 [Strategy & Administration, Reviews]
Competing with Pirates
A common strategic dilemma is that of low-cost versus service. Today’s fierce competition between airline companies is an excellent example of this. What can a company do to best tackle this issue? The authors propose six strategies, including specific recommendations for KLM.
Published on 10-04-2002 [Strategy & Administration, Cases]
Strategy in the new economy
Do the current methods for making a strategy remain valid?
With the recent developments of the so-called new economy, there’s reason to rethink the strategy and budget process. Oosterhuis does just this and argues that the strategic process should be drastically shortened.
Published on 07-09-2000 [Strategy & Administration, Article]
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Partnering for competitive advantage
Partnership management is a hot item, but what exactly are the ingredients for success? Pieter Klaas Jagersma discusses how companies might develop partnering strategies in order to better address their client base.
Published on 02-12-1999 [Strategy & Administration, Article]
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