The Rideshare Opportunity in Kenya and Across Sub-Saharan Africa

Posted by Ben Price on Jan 16, 2018 4:04:51 PM

Nairobi, Kenya, the hub of East Africa, is a bustling city marked by contradictions – for example, it houses a combination of highly developed corporate high-rise offices and traditional African trade markets consisting of temporary kiosks and relatively permanent dukas. A more tangible contradiction is in transportation. A recent boom in automobile sales has plagued the city with horrendous traffic due to poor road infrastructure. Yet for those many who cannot afford to own a vehicle, transportation comes in the form of taxis, mutatus (buses), and Uber.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Product Roadmap, Brand Insights, Scenario Analysis, Competitive Strategy, Early Warning

What are the Competitive Strategy Implications of Uber's European Regulatory Woes?

Posted by Ken Sawka on Jan 10, 2018 10:44:04 PM

Let me be clear right from the start – I loathe Uber. While I’m a big fan of ride-hailing services, I simply can’t give my business to a company that harasses its employees, whose CEO berates its drivers, uses questionable means to skirt regulation, and allegedly steals trade secrets from its competitors. I’m a Lyft guy through and through.

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Topics: Brand Insights, Industry Convergence, Merger and Acquisition, Competitive Strategy, Early Warning

Managing Regulatory and Political Risk

Posted by Robert Flynn on Nov 21, 2017 3:38:26 PM

In our paper The Global Economy’s New Frontiers, my colleague Nathaniel Emmons and I argue that when investing in emerging economies, companies can realize high returns but only if the risks are successfully managed. Transnational mining companies operating in Zimbabwe, for instance, are in crisis management mode following this month’s coup, impeachment of President Mugabe, and transfer of power to yet another strong-man. Not an unanticipated series of events given the political instability experienced in recent years, and something that needs intense effort to navigate.

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Topics: Consumer Goods, Healthcare, Merger and Acquisition, Competitive Strategy, Early Warning

New Year's Resolutions for the Competitive Strategist

Posted by Ken Sawka on 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?

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Competitive Strategy, Early Warning

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