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Sustaining Competitive Advantages with Synergistic Combinations

Sustaining Competitive Advantages with Synergistic Combinations

Long-term survival in today’s market is always questionable as many of the hottest businesses today will eventually fade away. Firms continually reinvent themselves to stay relevant and competitive (Voelpel, Leibold, & Tekie, 2004, pp. 259-276). Today, many of the old-guard technology firms are moving as quickly as they can to the Cloud. Intel and Microsoft announced less than stellar earnings this week and cited their ongoing efforts in moving their focus to the Cloud. These tech behemoths are confronting enormous…

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How are types of Organizational Change Different?

How are types of Organizational Change Different?

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 There are three fundamental types of organizational change. The most frequent and least disruptive is a developmental change (Marshak, 1993, p. 8). This process occurs in organizations all the time and may go unnoticed by the majority of people. It is experienced as business optimization, changes to improve efficiency, responding to varying customer preferences, and corrections to problems uncovered by regular business operations. Developmental change can be thought of in terms of…

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Three Types of Organizational Change

Three Types of Organizational Change

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Research has shown the odds of successfully implementing a large organizational change initiative is between 25% to 35% (Smith, 2002, p.26).  This is a terrifying fact that should generate significant concern for every leader. The rather bleak outlook does not diminish the importance of pursuing change when it is appropriate given the business’s competitive landscape. Even smaller-scale changes are fraught with implementation challenges and a propensity for failure. The process of instituting change must be…

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A Hypothetical Debate – Concerns over Conduct at Company Events

A Hypothetical Debate – Concerns over Conduct at Company Events

I recently had an interesting discussion with a professional friend regarding the issues of alcohol at company events and the legal liabilities they may ensue. This was a purely hypothetical conversation over a glass of wine and involved no particular companies. Below is a brief discussion of some of my thoughts on the topic. In full disclosure, I was sandbagging in this conversation because I have written on this subject before for an entirely different purpose. I pulled from that content in our…

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