Co-Written by Robin Kao
Sep 20, 2017 3:28:18 PM
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Aug 9, 2017 3:06:21 PM
The recent launch of Tesla’s mass-market vehicle, the Model 3, has people wondering what the connected car landscape will look like in the future. Tesla projects exponential sales growth, vastly exceeding current production capabilities. While Tesla is at the forefront of the headlines, other automobile manufactures, entertainment platform companies, data management companies, software and hardware companies scramble to dictate standards and stay relevant to the market dynamics of the automobile. What does this mean for the future of the automobile? Companies will partner, merge and acquire to avoid obsolescence caused by this breakneck speed of technological automobile innovation.
Jul 27, 2017 3:48:16 PM
Drug pricing became a topic of common and passionate interest in 2015 when Martin Shkreli, then CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, dramatically increased the price of a single Daraprim tablet - from $13.50 to $750.00, the price of an average lunch to that of a large household appliance. The interest intensified in 2016, when Mylan increased the cost of the EpiPen by 400 percent. Public outcry was intense and politicians were forced to act, holding hearings that are only now rivaled by probes into Russian election interference.
Jul 26, 2017 3:38:49 PM
How do you set a business strategy in a highly-regulated market in which you don’t have complete control over what you can charge a segment of your customers, in which funds promised to your business by government agencies may be taken away, and in which rules governing what products you can sell can change at any time? Such is the life of strategic planners in U.S. health insurance companies.
Jul 20, 2017 12:24:05 PM
In part one of this blog, we discussed the scrutiny Lockheed Martin is facing due to the seemingly high cost of its helicopters and stealth fighters. We also established that value is a better metric, than looking at cost alone. But, regardless of how the true value of a program should be assessed and reported, Lockheed Martin must contend with how its various programs are in fact perceived by customers and other stakeholders. Conventional wisdom states that “the customer is always right.” Further, explaining to a concerned client why their concerns are irrelevant and unfounded is not a viable business model. What can Lockheed’s headaches with the F-35 and CH-53K teach us about client management?
Jul 12, 2017 1:38:43 PM
Cost vs. Value: Which Is the Better Metric?
The development and delivery of every product or service risks experiencing problems, from a delivery driver taking a wrong turn to fighter pilots getting sick while flying advanced aircraft. However, expecting and preparing for these setbacks can help business executives navigate even the most challenging obstacles, and, in turn, keep their earnings, reputation, and client relationships intact.
Jun 27, 2017 12:42:59 PM
There are countless ways to look at the implications of Amazon’s proposed $13.7 billion takeover of Whole Foods, that it’s the latest salvo in the battle between Amazon and Walmart to be the one place where everyone shops for everything, that it’s a disruption to the supply chain model in the grocery business, or that it’s nothing more than a marriage of convenience to save Whole Foods from the ire of its activist shareholders.
But, for competitive strategists, there’s really only one question to ask: how does this deal affect the competitive intensity in my industry?
Jun 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Should CVS consider acquiring a health plan? If yes, then which one? With a market-cap of about $80 billion and an impressive portfolio of assets across retail and pharmacy, why would it make sense for CVS to include a health plan in its portfolio?
Jun 13, 2017 1:06:29 PM
Walmart, the largest private employer in the United States, is not likely to appear on one of those “ten best places to work” lists anytime soon. It has a reputation for paying very low wages, and has been targeted by activists for alleged unfair work practices.