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  • Susan Wamitu. A Handbook Of Strategic Management:A Manual for Quick Revision
    A Handbook Of Strategic Management:A Manual for Quick Revision
    Susan Wamitu
    The environment in which businesses operate is very volatile and turbulent, calling on all managers to embrace Strategic Management for the sake of profitability and business survival.Amidst all these circumstances is a culture of inflexibility and preference for status quo or use of the traditional management methods that do not deliver competitive advantage.This is because a large section of the business world view Strategic Management as an enigma or a mystery reserved only for the daring risk taker. This manual has been carefully crafted to demystify strategic management making it a crucial and easy-to-use tool to be adopted by students and the public to gain business competitive advantage.
  • Anwar Ahmed. A Kenyan Strategic Business Selection Tool for MSMEs
    A Kenyan Strategic Business Selection Tool for MSMEs
    Anwar Ahmed
    Do you wish to invest in a micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) sector in Kenya? If you are not sure which business type to invest, our MCDA business selection tool can give you the answer. Simply respond to 21 the questions by selecting answers that closely match your profile. On clicking any of the model type (WSM, AHP or WPM) the top twenty business options will be displayed. To start on, go to, http://www.business-selection.com. In addition, upon clicking one of the model type, an email with a link will be send to you. The link contains challenges and advises as given by various proprietors of the MSMEs. Our tool is based on extensive research and data collected across Kenya where business types have been matched with, among other factors, personality traits, break-even, required capital, etc. Since investors have multiple criteria, we have used a technique known as multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) that deduce the business ranking based on investors response....
  • Eric K. H. Fok. A Quantitative Research of the Common Good in Strategic Management
    A Quantitative Research of the Common Good in Strategic Management
    Eric K. H. Fok
    This is an integral research in business morality encompassing theology, philosophy, strategic management, quantitative finance and accounting. The worldview is from St. Thomas Aquinas, synthesized with Sorokin's paradigm, Lonergan's and Rahner's theories. The author integrates normative and descriptive streams of morality inquiry into one. The Common Good is the basis of business morality but Capitalism veils it partially for two centuries. It regains attention. By applying global banking industry's financial and philanthropic performance in two Nobel Laureates' quantitative theorems, the author demonstrates that practicing The Common Good gives strategic edge when stockholders' and stakeholders' interests are balanced. People with religions engage the counterfeit, not the real conscience, and living separate business lives i.e. The Separation Thesis. Both are evidenced. The Magisterium rejects various philosophies when they contravene faith. Such rejection is supported...
  • Pentti Malaska and Karin Holstius. Advanced Strategic Thinking
    Advanced Strategic Thinking
    Pentti Malaska and Karin Holstius
    Visionary management is an elusive concept without a clear role in strategic thinking. A systematic elaboration is called for to show how essential visioning is in a company’s strategic culture.We focus on visionary management and relate it to the development of strategic management by 1) exploring war and business strategy literature 2) clarifying tactical versus strategic and visionary thinking and 3) systematizing the underlying logic of advanced decision making. Elements vital for good decision making in business context were extracted: the logical distinction between strategy and tactics, subordination of tactics to strategy, and flexibility of strategy. A new paradigm of advanced strategic thinking where visionary management is the third layer of strategic management is summarized. The work is based on research over the years and on consultancy in companies and real-life examples of visionary leadership are demonstrated. We show how foresighted leaders guide the company and...
  • Hemaloshinee Vasudevan. Ajinomoto Co. Japan – CSR’s Strategic Complimenting Its Business
    Ajinomoto Co. Japan – CSR’s Strategic Complimenting Its Business
    Hemaloshinee Vasudevan
    Japan’s largest producer of seasonings is Ajinomoto. Ajinomoto creates better lives globally by contributing to significant advances in food and health by working for life. Ajinomoto divided its business into five main categories which is domestic food products, overseas food products, amino acids and pharmaceuticals and others. The company’s major products include seasonings, edible oils, processed foods, frozen foods, beverage and dairy products, amino acids and so on.Therefore, the CSR activities that organized by Ajinomoto to achieve a better community while they had conducted extensive range of helps and aids to those who suffered from unpredictable natural disaster. Parenthetically, the CSR activities are to show the community regarding the company commitment to food safety and health. Otherwise, the corporate social responsibility to educate and share facts about Umami with the public.
  • Mario Wihardja. Analysis of strategic planning in pharmaceutical distribution
    Analysis of strategic planning in pharmaceutical distribution
    Mario Wihardja
    The main purpose of this research is to study and analyze the phenomenon of the influence of the strategic planning and business environment on the performance of major pharmaceutical companies in Indonesia. Following the Five force of Porter to see how the pharmaceutical industry competition, and by using the GE matrix to capture the industry attractiveness to get insight if the industry still attractive enough to be entered. Analysis was employed to examine both primary and secondary data. Primary data consisted of questionnaires distributed the top 50 pharmaceutical companies, the experts and authoritative person in the Indonesia healthcare and pharmaceutical distribution industry in the five cities. Meanwhile, secondary data were collected from internal sources and external sources.
  • Veena Nayak P.. Analysis of Strategic Initiatives using AHP
    Analysis of Strategic Initiatives using AHP
    Veena Nayak P.
    Doing the right things, the right way, right on target and achieving more with less requires formulating and deploying sound strategies. Today’s fierce global competition demands excellence both in strategy and in its execution by senior management in order to meet the challenges of tomorrow. The AHP has been applied in complex, real word, multi-criteria decision making problems to evaluate strategic alternatives. Paired comparisons of these objectives are obtained from the top management in terms of the relative importance to the vision. It helps to prioritize the various enterprise initiatives and also helps in alignment of various initiatives with the vision.
  • Paul R. Niven. Balanced Scorecard Evolution: A Dynamic Approach to Strategy Execution
    Balanced Scorecard Evolution: A Dynamic Approach to Strategy Execution
    Paul R. Niven
    Praise for BALANCED SCORECARD EVOLUTION A Dynamic Approach to Strategy Execution Paul brings the most comprehensive yet easily understandable approach to this important management topic. Our business unit needed to quickly bring together a cross??“fun
  • Manjeet Kumar. Barriers in Achieving Strategic Partnership (SRM) & 3PL Integration
    Barriers in Achieving Strategic Partnership (SRM) & 3PL Integration
    Manjeet Kumar
    The importance of collaborative relationships in business interactions is well researched and established.However there was little focus on identifying and addressing the barriers in achieving strategic partnership. This Book fills this gap by critical analysis of strategic issues in supplier relationship management in automotive industry. The Other objective of the book is to establish the barriers in 3rd party logistics integration. The book uses resource dependence theory as theoretical framework and concludes the dominating issues. This book unearths some very important aspects of supplier relationship management and 3rd party logistics integration in the industry. This book also demonstrates how the resource dependence theory can be used in automotive industry to identify the relational and integration issues, and how the industry could learn from theory and implement it in practice .
  • Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur. Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
    Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
    Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur
    Business Model Generation is a practical, inspiring handbook for anyone striving to improve a business model-or craft a new one. CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT BUSINESS MODELS. Business Model Generation will teach you powerful and practical innovation techniques used today by leading companies worldwide. You will learn how to systematically understand, design, and implement a new business model - or analyze and renovate an old one. CO-CREATED BY 47O STRATEGY PRACTITIONERS. Business Model Generation practices what it preaches. Coauthored by 470 Business Model Canvas practitioners from forty-five countries, the book was financed and produced independently of the traditional publishing industry. It features a tightly integrated, visual, lie-flat design that enables immediate hands-on use. DESIGNED FOR DOERS. Business Model Generation is for those ready to abandon outmoded thinking and embrace new, innovative models of value creation: executives, consultants,...
  • Paul Tiffany, Steven Peterson, Colin Barrow. Business Plans for Dummies
    Business Plans for Dummies
    Paul Tiffany, Steven Peterson, Colin Barrow
    Need a hand with your business strategy? This fully updated guide leads you through all aspects of business planning, from clarifying objectives and finding funding, to researching customer behaviour and developing an e-presence. It contains the latest information on planning methods and initiatives (including planning in turbulent times), as well as a sample business plan to get you off to a flying start. Realise your long-term goals - understand what you want from your business and where you are headed. Check out the competition - practise the latest market research techniques to best position your business. Sort out your finances - construct a value chain, examine your cash-flow and calculate a sensible budget. Prepare for change - learn to read cultural, political and technological trends and develop strategic alternatives. Establish yourself- raise venture capital and market share, expand your workforce and plan the next stage for your business.
  • Ihab Hanna Salman Sawalha. Business Continuity Management and Strategic Planning
    Business Continuity Management and Strategic Planning
    Ihab Hanna Salman Sawalha
    Despite their considerable growth in last few decades, Emerging Markets face numerous risks that have the potential to slow down or obstruct their development.In this book risks facing organizations operating in emerging markets and Jordan in particular are identified. Second, the role of Business Continuity Management (BCM) in emerging markets is discussed. Third, an integrated framework for BCM and Strategic Planning is proposed. These issues are significant since they represent the role of BCM in highly dynamic and fast changing business environments. The book provides a discussion of the significance of BCM in reducing or preventing risks facing organizations operating in emerging markets, especially those in Jordan.
  • Luis Rocha-Lona. Business Excellence Models and Strategic Planning
    Business Excellence Models and Strategic Planning
    Luis Rocha-Lona
    In fast and competitive markets, organizations look to comply and produce high-quality products and services that excel customers’ expectations and needs. In this context, organizations have deployed all sorts of strategies supported by business excellence models (BEM), quality management systems, process management, and performance measurement systems. Thus, BEM have played a major role in supporting organizations’ business strategy and performance in the long run. Business Excellence Models and Strategic Planning provides to industrialist, managers, practitioners, consultants, researchers and all kind of professionals a robust research-framework with practical insights, and deep knowledge about the integration of BEM with Strategic Planning. Based on a five-year project, the book provides a critical review of the most well-known excellence models, methods and tools that support Quality Management Systems(QMS). Thus, Business Excellence Models and Strategic Planning focuses on...
  • Kenneth Goldsmith. CLO Leadership Styles & Participation in Strategic Learning Decisions
    CLO Leadership Styles & Participation in Strategic Learning Decisions
    Kenneth Goldsmith
    The position of Chief Learning Officer (CLO) is relatively new in business organizations, and little research has been conducted on this function. With the global proliferation of knowledge, the CLO assumes increasing importance for organizational success. This quantitative study explored CLOs' leadership styles and participation in strategic learning decision making. The study purpose was to determine whether significant relationships existed between learning executives’ leadership styles, their participation in strategic learning decisions, and salient demographic factors. A cross-sectional survey design was used to test seven hypotheses with learning executives from U.S. companies. A significant relationship was found between CLOs’ leadership styles and participation in strategic decision making, with statistically significant p values for transactional leadership (.034423) and laissez-faire leadership (-.18274).
  • George Panagiotou. Cognition of Competitive Environments: A Strategic Group Analysis
    Cognition of Competitive Environments: A Strategic Group Analysis
    George Panagiotou
    This study investigates the concept of strategic groups from a cognitive perspective. The aim of this research study was to identify and examine the differences and similarities of managerial cognitions of competitive environments from a strategic group perspective, by investigating closely two distinctive and different strategic groups; the “Big Four” players in the industry and the Internet-based new entrants. As such, it investigates the effect of such cognitions on strategic group dynamics and evaluates the impact of these managerial perceptions on member firms’ structure, competitive behaviour and performance and profitability. In the process of doing so, it discusses the dynamics of competitive landscapes and provides guidance to decision makers of what to do in order to ensure organisational strategic fit and competitive advantage(s). The book is relevant to anyone who wishes to increase their understanding in the area of business strategy and it is particularly useful to...
  • Mark Anthony Camilleri. Creating Shared Value through Strategic CSR in Tourism
    Creating Shared Value through Strategic CSR in Tourism
    Mark Anthony Camilleri
    This book gives a good insight of the mainstream responsible initiatives of hotel enterprises. This work contributes to knowledge by adding a hospitality perspective in the existing literature review surrounding the business case for Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (CSR). The empirical study features a synergistic value model which is grounded in quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Finally, this book puts forward key recommendations for moving the CSR agenda forward. Without doubt, it was the intention of this publication to emphasise the importance of the tourism industry in a European context. For instance, the tourism industry contributes to 12% of Malta’s GDP (EU Commission, 2010). This study presents relevant examples of sustainable practices across different hotel enterprises in Malta. Arguably, the wider political initiatives to increase economic growth, to create jobs, to regenerate tourism destinations may not be realised without the contribution of...
  • Majid Babaie Ebrahimabadi. Creation of Technology Road-Map, A strategic approach to change
    Creation of Technology Road-Map, A strategic approach to change
    Majid Babaie Ebrahimabadi
    Technology Road-Mapping is a comprehensive approach to strategic management for integration of market, R&D and technology development into product/service and business aspects. Although rail industry has experienced increased support from government in recent years and it has many advantages over other modes and is known as environmentally friendly, more efficient to national economy and more accepted by social groups, the analysis shows that rail industry has an insufficient market share between all of transport modes. There are many reasons for that but lack of adequate infrastructures and appropriate technologies could be the most important reason. The objective of this project is to create Technology Road-Map for providing appropriate high speed trains technology for Tehran-Mashed railway in Iran. In this project, special consideration has been given to sustainable transportation as economic, social and environmental parameters. The point of departure is a TESP analysis of...
  • Mitch Joel. Ctrl Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends on It
    Ctrl Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends on It
    Mitch Joel
    The DNA of business has changed. Forever. You can blame technology, smartphones, social media, online shopping and everything else, but nothing changes this reality: we are in a moment of business purgatory. So, what are you going to do about it? Mitch Joel, one of the world's leading experts in new media, warns that the time has come to CTRL ALT DELETE. To reboot and to start re-building your business model. If you don't, Joel warns, not only will your company begin to slide backwards, but you may find yourself unemployable within five years. That's a very strong warning, but in his new book, CTRL ALT DELETE, Joel explains the convergence of five key movements that have changed business forever. The movements have already taken place, but few businesses have acted on them. He outlines what you need to know to adapt right now. He also points to the seven triggers that will help you take advantage of these game-changing factors to keep you employable as this new world of...
  • Bob Garratt. Developing Strategic Thought
    Developing Strategic Thought
    Bob Garratt

  • Stefan Liljenstrom. Driving Strategic Value from IT
    Driving Strategic Value from IT
    Stefan Liljenstrom
    Today companies are looking for opportunities and solutions to cut costs where IT represents an important part of total spending and its contribution is often difficult to assess. The mission of IT is to support and enable business strategy. IT can be used to reduce process quality and gain competitive advantage. The implementation of IT is a long-term investment commanding careful financial planning and management attention. It is an obligation for both business side and IT to align business with IT strategy. To enable cost reductions and efficiencies corporates should take a broader look at how to manage IT in a more delicate fashion. A key to this is by implementing performance management. The adoption of metrics and the Balanced Scorecard will enable the enterprise to drive strategic value from IT. The main objective for this study is to investigate which metrics and scorecards that are most suitable to examine the performance within a leading utilities organization. The study...

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