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Value Chain

A Value Chain is a chain of activities that a firm operating in a specific industry performs in order to deliver a valuable product or service for the market. The concept comes from business management and was first described and popularized by Michael Porter in his 1985 best-seller, Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance.  [...]

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Performance Prism

The Performance Prism (Cranfield University) is an innovative performance measurement and Performance Management framework of the second generation. Its advantage over other frameworks is that it covers all stakeholders of an organization. Principally investors, customers & intermediaries, employees, suppliers, regulators and communities. It does this in two ways: by considering what the wants and the [...]

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Acquisition Integration Approaches

The Acquisition Integration Approaches model of Philippe Haspeslagh and David Jemison provides insight and guidance in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A on choosing the optimal integration approach.  Each approach describes a process by which a company plans for and implements a successful integration of a newly acquired company. In Mergers and Acquisitions, the motto often traditionally was: [...]

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Balanced Scorecard

The Balanced Scorecard (BSC) framework is a strategic management tool. It is a semi-standardardized, structured report, supported by design methods and automation tools, that can be used by managers to keep track of the execution of activities by the staff within their control and to monitor the consequences arising from these actions. It was the [...]

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Diamond Model

The diamond model is an economical model developed by Michael Porter in his book The Competitive Advantage of Nations, where he published his theory of why particular industries become competitive in particular locations.The model can also be used for major geographic regions.   Afterwards, this model has been expanded by other scholars. The approach looks at [...]

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PEST Analysis

PEST analysis (Political, Economic, Social and Technological analysis) describes a framework of macro-environmental factors used in the environmental scanning component of strategic management.    Strategy consultants use PEST analysis to scan the external macro-environment in which a firm operates. PEST is an acronym for the following factors: Political factors are basically to what degree the [...]

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Twelve Principles of the Network Economy

In a superb and revolutionary article in Wired, Kevin Kelly described the Twelve Principles of the Network Economy.  (Read New Rules of the New Economy here.) According to Kelly, the emerging new economy represents a tectonic upheaval in our commonwealth, a social shift that rearranges our lives. More than mere hardware or software ever can. [...]

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BCG Growth-Share Matrix

The BCG Growth-Share Matrix (aka B-Box, B.C.G. analysis, BCG-matrix, Boston Box, Boston Matrix, Boston Consulting Group analysis, portfolio diagram) is a chart that had been created by Bruce Henderson for the Boston Consulting Group in 1970 to help corporations with analyzing their business units or product lines. This helps the company allocate resources and is [...]

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