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Japan surges forward

I just read a short piece in Business Week (July 18, 2005 issue, p. 30) in which evidence of Japan’s recovery – even resurgence – are detailed. Among the numbers I thought were very interesting were that growth in non-manufacturing (services) has been seen to be ‘improving’ since March of 2003, with 20% of companies in a recent survey reporting confidence in improvement in this sector. As I’ve said before,... read more »

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New bankruptcy laws and entrepreneurship

On October 17, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act will make the use of bankruptcy as a way to erase debts and create a fresh start much more difficult. Although clearly some people end up bankrupt from poor money management, poor discipline or even bad luck, I do have some concerns about the long-term effect of the new bankruptcy law on entrepreneurship. If you compare the United States... read more »

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Where Japan’s new growth could come from

I’ve just two days ago returned from a visit to Japan, where I met with people from an incredible diversity of companies while giving talks and directing the Columbia Business School Program “Creating Strategy”. Although it’s standard commentary now to bemoan lack of creativity in Japanese companies, I had a different take on the issue. It struck me forcibly that the very habits that make it hard for Japanese companies... read more »

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Websense tames the Wild West of the Internet for Profit

Websense (WBSN), a software company, has hit a sweet spot for growth by making products that allow employers to optimize their people’s use of the Web. Some interesting data from the company’s web site (http://www.websense.com): Internet misuse at work costs American organizations more than $85 billion annually in lost productivity. Although 99% of companies use antivirus software, 78% of them were hit by viruses, worms, or other malicious applications. 37%... read more »

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Radical Surgery gives Renault a MarketBuster

In late 2004, Renault launched a new car, the ‘no frills’ Logan, which exemplifies how eliminating complexity can provide a powerful engine for growth. The stripped down cars offer roomy, basic transportation, and that’s it – few electronics, few components, a flat windshield, and no built-in radio or power steering. Eliminating complexity allows the cars to sell for a great price – $9,300, half the price of a Ford Focus... read more »

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Market Busters Lead Article in Harvard Business School “Working Knowledge”

The lead article in the April 4, 2005 edition of Working Knowledge, a publication of Harvard Business School, entitled Mapping Out Your Market Busters features an excerpt from Market Busters. For the entire article, click here. read more »

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Praise for Discovery-Driven Planning

In a talk to attendees of the Medical Devices Executive Summit in San Francisco a few weeks ago, Barry Allen, Entrepreneur in Residence for VC firm, Ventures West Management, was quoted by BioWorld magazine as “Hailing discovery-driven planning, a process promulgated by Rita Gunther of Columbia University (New York) and Ian MacMillan of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)…Allen cited it as “a useful tool”... read more »

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Harvard Business Online | MarketBusting: Strategies for Exceptional Business Growth

Article reprint available through Harvard Business Online. Order the article today and get your copy in PDF format, hard copy or order your reprint permission. Description: If company leaders were granted a single wish, it would surely be for a reliable way to create new growth businesses. Business practitioners’ overwhelming interest in this subject prompted the authors to conduct a three-year study of organizational growth–specifically, to find out which growth... read more »

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