Managing a Global Organization : Merger and Consolidation

Managing a Global Organization during Merger and Consolidation The foremost challenge for IT management teams as they develop and manage a global organization via merger and consolidation is to make certain the production teams of the merged entities keep up their present business at standard service levels. Typically, when mergers occur the operations/production teams find […]

HR Practices – Human Capital Index Study

HR Practices – Human Capital Index Study A Human Capital Index study was conducted twice (1999 and 2001) by Watson Wyatt, a global human-capital consulting firm to understand the correlation between how organisations manage their human capital and its effect on their financial performance. The Human Capital Index study included analysing HR practices and financial […]

Oprah Winfrey – Leadership and Entrepreneurship Case Study

Oprah Winfrey – Leadership and Entrepreneurship Case Study Oprah Winfrey’s skills as an entrepreneur are noteworthy. Oprah Winfrey is the Chairman of the Harpo group of companies. Oprah is a top television talk show host. How Oprah became one of the richest women and a successful entrpreneur in the world along with leadership qualities. Oprah’s […]

Six Sigma Implementation Strategies

Six Sigma Implementation Strategies Begin with Lean Sigma: Begin with Lean Sigma if company requires quick implementation because most successful companies grow out of Six Sigma or Lean in parallel. Begin small: The best way to exhibit the value of implementing Six Sigma formally is to begin with a few small projects and uphold their […]

Supply Chain Strategies to save costs

Supply Chain Strategies to save costs Outsourcing supply chain functions can enhance: • Cost reduction (10-20%)• Efficiency• Customer satisfaction• Revenues and• Competitiveness. One manufacturer was able to reduce its inventories by USD 1 billion, cut down on inventory holding costs by USD 124 million and reduce delivery times to dealers by 26%. Major areas where […]

Poka Yoke – Mistake proofing

What is Poka Yoke? Poka Yoke is Japanese methodology for “mistake proofing” to avoid non-conformities from entering into processes. It allows defect detection and elimination at the source. It can also be used as a continuous improvement tool. In short, Poka Yoke is a methodology that ensures that Quality Management Systems (QMS) perform efficiently. Poka […]

Leadership Best Practices

Best Practices in Leadership Leadership is defined as the abilities and the activities of the leaders in the company to inspire a culture of Business Excellence in achieving the objectives of the company. Some leadership best practices in leadership that are clearly visible: Rewarding performers not only on their financial results, but various other factors. […]

Wal-Mart’s Supply Chain Management Practices

Wal-Mart’s Supply Chain Management Practices Managing the Supply ChainWal-Mart has been able to achieve respectable leadership in the retail industry because of its focus on supply chain management. The use of innovative information technology tools had benefited Wal-Mart’s supply chain management. Procurement and Distribution Logistics Management Inventory Management Additional Reading “Cross docking: The move from […]

Backsourcing – JPMorgan and IBM – Outsourcing

Backsourcing – JPMorgan and IBM – Outsourcing Have a backsourcing plan before outsourcing When JPMorgan Chase signed a seven year USD 5 billion outsourcing contract with IBM in December 2002, it was touted as the largest outsourcing arrangement ever made. JP Morgan was the second largest financial services company in the US at that time […]

Lenovo Globalization Strategy

Lenovo Globalization Strategy Slow and steady no longer wins the race. Globalization teaches Lenovo to embrace risk and leave a lumbering legacy behind.To go global Lenovo, the leading PC manufacturer in china took various steps like: Lenovo – globalization plans Lenovo is sponsoring the 2008 Olympic Games Lenovo acquired IBM’s PC unit Lenovo changed its […]

Nokia Business Strategy India

Nokia Business Strategy India What is Nokia’s Business Strategy and Expansion Strategy in India is an interesting discussion. Nokia India,Indian Mobile Phones Industry, CDMA, GSM, Marketing Strategy, Marketing Mix Nokia Headquarters: FinlandIndustry: Telecommunications Nokia Businesses and Productshome satellite systemswireless switching equipmentwireless systemsmobile gaming devicesset-top boxeswireless data and voice devices Nokia Facts Nokia was founded in […]

Daimler Chrysler Merger

Daimler Chrysler Merger Culture Issues in the merger between Daimler and Chrysler is a very interesting case. The case ‘Daimler-Chrysler Merger’ gives an overview of the merger between Daimler-Benz of Germany and Chrysler Corp. of the US. Related Reading: Daimler/Chrysler Merger: The Culture Clash Pays Off : An article from: Automotive Industries

GM e-Business Strategy

GM e-Business Supply Chain Strategy e-business strategy of General Motors (GM) the world’s largest automobile manufacturer. GM’s need to adopt e-business in its manufacturing supply chain operations. Supply chain and demand chain Dis-advantages of GM’s e-business strategy. GM factsGM brands includeBuick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Daewoo, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saturn, Saab, and Vauxhall. General Motors […]

A Guide to Case Study Writing

A Guide to Student-Written, Instructor-Facilitated Case Writing by Paul Michael Swiercz, Ph.D. The George Washington University Student-Written, Instructor-Facilitated (SWIF) case study writing is a powerful tool for helping both students and instructors redefine their roles. The guide is divided into two sections. The first section provides background information on the case-study-writing process and answers the […]

How to analyze strategy case studies :Resources

Analysing a case study requires careful thinking through the issues, considering a range of strategies and actions and recommending a “solution” to the case issues. The following books/resources will be helpful: Guide to case analysis, McGraw-Hill Preparing an effective case analysis / South-Western College Case studies / University of St Thomas, St Paul, Minnesota. Analysing […]

Managing Innovation profitably- Xerox PARC?

Case in point- Innovation without Profit –XEROX PARC –Managing InnovationPARC was established in 1970 as the research division of Xerox Corp. Its goal – to invent the technology of the future. Till it was incorporated as a Xerox subsidiary in 2002, it spanned over 30 years. Notwithstanding its technical excellence, Xerox PARC failed to take […]

Even Swaps make complicated decisions easy

No, even swaps do not make complicated decisions easy. A manager still has to choose the values to be set and the trade-offs he decides to make. However, even swaps do provide a consistent method for making trade-offs and a rational framework in which to make them. By simplifying and automating the mechanical elements of […]

Even Swaps: A basis for business/corporate strategy selection

How to select the best business or corporate strategy? Apply Even Swaps. The answer seems very simple. But what are even swaps anyway. In a case study method or a real life business situation, there exist many strategic alternatives. But selecting a particular strategy which satisfies both corporate and stakeholder objectives is a crucial part […]