But, I Shall Defend My Father's House

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It may surprise some readers that the title to an article on business be borrowed from a poem by the Basque poet, Gabriel Aresti. I believe, however, that today one of the major challenges at the core of the business strategy of many medium sized companies is to keep the focus of their project on the original headquarters within the…
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Sources of inspiration for successful management

Our biggest challenge is to manage affairs both at home and at work, when we are free of invalid conventional thinking and learn instead from worthy up to date thought. On worthwhile learning from science, nature, art, history and family. The End of the Assembly Line There is an old saying that “prophecy was given to fools only”. Still, getting…
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Integrated innovation – The necessary route to profitability

The global landscape for firms is changing more rapidly than ever. In order to stay competitive firms must manage two continuous challenges: How to create value and how to appropriate the value created. These challenges correspond to the two types of innovations that firms must manage and in order to enable these innovations the firm must have access to suitable…
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Models of family business

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A successful business model needs to be founded upon an organisation’s identity. To achieve success, such a model must also be focused on satisfying the stipulated needs of the ever-narrowing client segments, while taking full advantage of basic capacities and knowledge within the organisation. In order to design such a model, the following factors need to be taken into account:…
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Sustainable strategies for the future: Management, innovation and humanisation

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The endeavour to build competitive organisations has become increasingly complex, and so, linking business projects must be linked to their own identity in order to shore up the capacity for developing business projects over the long-term. What is needed is a sense of direction and management flexibility, as well as an ongoing drive for innovation and differentiation, all within a…
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