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Jan 3, 2017 1:54:02 PM
The diagnostic industry provides essential information for healthcare, and is driven by medical technology, the aging population, and the complexity of disease. One sector, the global blood testing market, in 2015 was valued at $51.5 billion and is expected to grow to $62.9 billion by 2024. Understanding how to craft strategy in this market is critical, given the funding required for new ventures, and it is nuanced, given the often unusual business practices that can be employed by one's competitors.
Dec 19, 2016 10:38:10 AM
As 2016 ends, few would argue that most businesses are in for a roller coaster ride in 2017. The United States is set for a hard-right turn politically, the Brexit process is facing new uncertainties regarding its duration and manner, and accusations of Russian cyber espionage and China’s muscle-flexing in the Asia Pacific region foreshadow turbulence in international relations. Longer-term demographic shifts in developed and developing economies will continue to affect wealth patterns and create new consumption opportunities. What are strategists to do?
Dec 7, 2016 11:12:13 AM
Co-written by Diane Borska
In late October, GE announced that it is spinning off its oil and gas business and merging it with Baker Hughes, embarking on a strategy of convergence, expanding its offerings and therefore the potential revenue it can generate, to remain vibrant and viable in the current industry downturn. In 2014, GE Oil and Gas developed a business plan based on oil prices of approximately $100 per barrel, but by January 2016, oil prices plummeted to $27 a barrel, resulting in a 30% drop in profitability. Developing strategies for how to respond to downturn is critical.
Dec 5, 2016 1:51:32 PM
The $96 billion U.S. furniture industry is in a tumultuous state, driven by changing consumer preferences and buying behavior, digital disruption, pricing pressures, multi-channel retail options, new online players, and the role of social media.
Oct 27, 2016 9:22:14 AM
Co-Written by Ola Jachtorowicz
Seventy-six percent of millennials want to drive an eco-friendly car. Ninety-two percent of students prefer physical books to e-readers. Ninety percent of senior executives confirm that customer experience is one of their top three priorities. Sixty-seven percent of U.S. manufacturing executives plan to increase investments in data analytics next year.
Data is king. Statistics and opinion polls accompany every article, analysis, and prediction. It’s difficult to find a claim without a piece of quantitative evidence behind it.
Oct 21, 2016 9:14:53 AM
A month ago, my wife and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary. As we celebrated, I thought back to the autumn of 2007 when we first met.
I was a single 20-something professional, less than a year removed from active duty in the Marine Corps and anticipating settling down and starting a family. Having tried the “bar scene” to no avail, I decided to join eHarmony. Six months later, having met my beautiful wife and extremely happy with the outcome of my time on the site, I closed my account.
As I reminisced, I glanced at the pile of magazines sitting on the coffee table. I wondered: how does a company like eHarmony stay in business when a successful outcome means its clients never need it again, as opposed to other businesses (like periodicals) where the value proposition is ongoing?
Sep 14, 2016 12:10:04 PM
Join Leonard Fuld, Dr. Ben Gilad, Jan Herring, and Dr. Helen Rothberg, in Chicago October 31-November 4 for their core and advanced certification courses. You will be engaged, excited, and a bit over whelmed by these dynamic presenters.
Aug 23, 2016 9:19:47 AM
Join us this month at the Pharma CI Conference & Exhibition taking place September 13th - 14th at the Hilton Parsippany in Parsippany, New Jersey.
The Pharma CI Conference & Exhibition is the largest assembly of senior level pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device professionals seeking the latest news and the chance to network with all the industry’s luminaries.
Members of our Life Sciences team will be at our booth to find out how we can address your competitive intelligence and strategy development needs in the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, and diagnostics industries. Robert Flynn, Principal, Strategic Accounts, will be giving a talk on early warning through scenario planning on Wednesday, September 14th.
Jul 6, 2016 2:22:24 PM
I recently ran a scenario-based strategic planning engagement with a European online entertainment company. In it, we created five future, plausible scenarios that described what the external operating environment could look like for our client in the next five to seven years.
In one scenario, the global entertainment industry underwent massive consolidation as technological advances enabled cheap, on-demand entertainment of all sorts that provided the largest entertainment companies an incredible opportunity. In another, trade wars broke out restricting the free flow of intellectual property, leading to a proliferation of “black market” entertainment operations in which shady operators offered products based on questionable access to content.