Friday, May 20, 2011

Technology: Enabler or Inhibitor

In their enthusiasm to cut costs during the great recession, American corporations cut spending across the board. These cuts included major reductions in capital spending, of which information technology is a substantial part. The result: Companies are now feeling constrained by the ability of their (obsolete) technology to enable new strategic business functions.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Sustainability Gets Wholesome

image“We do not believe there is a conflict between sustainability and profitable growth”, says Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever. The words may be different, but similar sentiments are now reflected in more than one companies business plans. Sustainability seems to have found its (business) footing. And more and more companies seem to develop an understanding of what it means for their survival and growth. It is not constrained to saving energy in the stores or fuel in distribution, it now touches all aspects of the business: A wholesome rethinking of the corporate business.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Is Bigger Better?

imageBigger may not necessarily be better: Not when it comes to companies’ ability to grow and make money. So says the CFO magazine (Too Big to Succeed, Gregory V. Milano, CFO magazine, April 29, 2011). But what is a big corporation to do, when the conventional growth strategies fail? Innovate!