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There can be no doubt that information technology IT has emerged as a major force in determining success or failure in the business world. Even if one sets aside for the moment the notion that IT could possibly contribute to real competitive advantage, the most cursory reviews still reveal that...
In the Decade of the Environment, companies must excel in environmental performance. How well that performance is received by the public, by regulators, and by environmentalists could have enormous consequences for Dow Chemical and other companies.
The key to successful mergers lies not only in careful attention to organizational structure and strategy, but in human resource programs and internal communications as well.
Companies manage R&D in a number of ways globally, multinationally, internationally, or transnationally. Each represents a different strategic approach to meet the bases of competition in an industry.
A growing number of companies are purchasing materials and services from a worldwide arena to obtain the right product at the right price at the right time. Here's how to capture the benefits of global sourcing while minimizing costs and risks.
Power is getting a dirty name, or at least a different one. Bookstores are crowded with various exposes hyping the disintegrating, fragmenting, upheaving, exploding, or breaking up of powerpolitically, economically, geographically, and organizationally. To illustrate
Akzo NV is the fourthlargest company in the Netherlands and a significant force in the chemical industry. Its alliance with twelve U.S. colleges helps to ensure a stream of new products, applications, and processes for the company's business units.
Japanese corporations are about the only ones that have demonstrated the ability to move quickly into emerging new industries and out of declining industries.
The chief strategist for the U.S. division of an 18 billion multinationalFujitsu Limitedintegrates Japanese planning priorities in a domestic market.
Too often, managers responsible for the economic decline of a division claim that the division's problem is obsolete equipment, which can only be remedied by substantial new investment. Seldom is this the primary cause of the troubled situation. A company that is facing economic trouble should...
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