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Value Chain

The Need to Build Virtuous Organizations

Frank Islam | Posted 02.17.2014 | Business
Frank Islam

We don't know how many virtuous organizations there are in the United States today. We do know that we need more -- many more.

Ideas are the Easy Part: 10 Concrete Steps to Eliminating Fear as an Obstacle to Successful Innovation

Amy Radin | Posted 02.12.2014 | Business
Amy Radin

Established organizations are in the paradoxical position of acknowledging the need for innovation, while at the same time remaining conditioned to the familiar.

A Billion-dollar Opportunity for Developing Countries

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The decision by Switzerland to share tax information, which still has to be ratified, is the latest addition to radically increased transparency of tax information over the last five years.

South-South Trade Through Value-Added Glasses

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

It is misleading to use gross data on exports and imports to calculate the extent to which trade contributes to economic growth, and affects the allocation of national resources. Products often cross borders more than once while being processed.

Blackberry's Woes and Lessons for Value Migration

Michael G. Jacobides | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Michael G. Jacobides

The recent news that Blackberry is "exploring options," possibly including a sale of the business, underlines a significant transformation in our competitive landscape.

The Daily Innovator: Using Value Constellations to Map New Business Models

Daryl Twitchell | Posted 09.30.2013 | Business
Daryl Twitchell

How does the Daily Innovator take the glimmer of an idea, a gut instinct and build a compelling business case around it to rally support? A good start is to map its value constellation.

Once Upon a Village Value Chain in Africa

Michael Hoevel | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Michael Hoevel

Rural value chains in Africa are being touted as important potential drivers of early economic growth and employment, and there is a growing set of literature to validate this.

The Horse-burger Debacle: No Pain, No Gain for Tesco

Michael G. Jacobides | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business
Michael G. Jacobides

The recent scandal with Tesco's burgers has reignited a discussion about who, along the value chain, should bear the brunt of responsibility for a product. The burden of the certification and the liability that comes with it is a major blessing in disguise.

Demand Planning: Smarter Commerce Keeps You Ahead of Demand (VIDEO)

Posted 03.19.2012 | Technology

Smarter Commerce from IBM optimizes supply chain efficiency and business process integration, helping to boost revenue, build loyalty, and keep busine...

General Mills Shows that Exporting Knowledge Can Make a Difference

Tamar Abrams | Posted 01.22.2012 | Impact
Tamar Abrams

General Mills knows a thing or two about Zambia. It is one of four African countries where General Mills has been actively working to reduce malnutrition and insecurity.