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iPopping profits for Apple

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Supermarkets to “demand” loyalty from their loyalty card holders!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

BUSS4 UK manufacturing - Jaguar Land Rover expands

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Never mind the price cuts

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Google V Audi – Differentiation for Driverless Cars

Sunday, December 14, 2014

UK Manufacturing and Porter’s Five Forces

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Inside Rolls Royce – Manufacturing in the UK

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Tesco, and the pressures of a price war

Monday, November 17, 2014

UK Manufacturing - Supply Chains Need Strengthening

Sunday, November 09, 2014

New entry to the discount supermarket segment

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Manufacturing Competitiveness - Rolls Royce Takes Steps to Improve Operational Efficiency

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Leadership and Strategy - Moya Greene at the Privatised Royal Mail

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Dr Dre V Jay-Z – Focus V Diversification

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Tesco’s fall from grace

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Every little counts against Tesco

Monday, September 22, 2014

Networked Manufacturing - The Complexity and Culture of Global Production

Choosing a Business Location: Manufacturing in South-east Asia?

The Business of Religion

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What do you mean by ‘Business Class’?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

CSR - Unilever’s Strategy & Culture of Sustainability

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Takeovers: Morrison’s Disastrous Investment in Kiddicare

Monday, August 04, 2014

Strategy: Retrenchment for the Co-op Group to Reduce Gearing

Marketing Strategy - P&G Takes the Axe to its Brand Portfolio

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Leadership & Change: Sergio Marchionne Drives Culture Change to Turnaround Chrysler and Fiat

Strategy – Multinationals Should Beware the “Local Dynamos”

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Strategy - Tata Group Sets out its Conglomerate Vision

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Strategy: Foxconn Pursues Diversification as it Attempts to Move up the Value Chain

Vertical Integration - Benefits Street and Baking Bought by Sky

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Leadership - Can the Soap Man Save Tesco?

Retrenchment - Nadella Axes Jobs in a Bid to Simplify Microsoft

How did Aldi crack Tesco’s hold on the market?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Revision Presentation - Problems of Takeovers and Mergers including Integration

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Revision Presentation - Impact On and Reaction Of Stakeholders to Takeovers and Mergers

Revision Presentation - Impact of Takeovers and Mergers on Business Performance

Revision Presentation - Factors Influencing the Success of Takeovers and Mergers

Revision Presentation - Motives for Takeovers and Mergers

Starbucks’ Long-term Investment in Leadership of the Chinese Coffee Shop Market

Friday, June 13, 2014

From Startup to Global Competitor - Insights into Xiaomi

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Tesco in China “20% of something is better than 100% of nothing”

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Organisational Culture: Tony Hsieh on Zappos, Core Values, Culture and Organisational Structure

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The surprising effects of Barclays retrenchment and Dixons merger

Friday, May 16, 2014

Annual Sales revenue for major global businesses - ‘Higher or Lower’ resource

Monday, May 12, 2014

Revision Quiz - Retrenchment

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Revision Quiz - Porter’s Five Forces Model

Revision Quiz - Strategy Models

JLR, Lady Gaga and Abu Dhabi go Galactic!

Monday, May 05, 2014

China’s exports losing low-cost advantages

Thursday, May 01, 2014

China V India - Who will “emerge” victorious?

Friday, April 25, 2014

The value of failure

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Breaking Bad Performance through Strategic Alliance

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Starbucks – Technology to order your Coffee… but Never to Serve it

Monday, April 07, 2014

Starbucks Update from Howard Schultz

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Google Glass, Geeks and Loons – Overcoming Barriers for Product and Market Development

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Alibaba - Ali you need know!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

If you can’t think of anything inspirational to say, let Google do the work for you

Monday, March 17, 2014

Change of strategy at Morrisons

Thursday, March 13, 2014

China as the woman of your dreams… but is the feeling mutual?

Friday, March 07, 2014

What’s gone wrong at Mothercare?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Can WhatsApp help Facebook get into China? No! But LinkedIn seems to have found a way.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Why buy a business with $20mil revenue for $19 BILLION?!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Huawei Invests in Innovation to Fuel Growth

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sun Tzu’s The Art of Business

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Globalisation Takes Another Step as McDonald’s Opens in Vietnam

Sony, More Retrenchment and the Boston Matrix

Exiting China When the Risks Don’t Justify the Rewards

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

OUP, Youtube, ebooks and PDFs

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Will Google rule the Earth? An interactive case study on growth and change management

Friday, January 31, 2014

Google Buys Smoke Detectors, Thermostats…and Some of Apple’s Innovative Culture

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Retrenchment in China for Global Cosmetics Brands

Strategies for Success in the UK Cinema Industry - Product Innovation

Counter Revolution or Revolution?

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Samsung: Boston Matrix, Culture and Dividend Yield

Insights into the ‘Culture’ of business organisations

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ansoff Meets Harry Potter

Friday, January 03, 2014

Wal-Mart in China - Refocuses Strategy on Affluent Consumers with Sam’s Club

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Strategies for Success - a Retail Turnaround at Bonmarche

Apple (Finally) Signs the Deal with China Mobile - 700 Million New Potential Customers!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Bring Him Home - UK Manufacturing Turns to Onshoring

Monday, November 25, 2013

Organisation - Structured for Success?

Friday, November 22, 2013

RIP The Co-Op’s Ethics - no flowers by request

Thursday, November 21, 2013

BUSS4 - China: Opportunities, Threats, Success & Failure

Thursday, November 07, 2013

BUSS4 - Market Entry Strategies for China

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Strategic Choice - On What Should Japanese Camera Makers Focus?

Monday, October 28, 2013

Understanding Ansoff

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Is luck an essential ingredient in entrepreneurship?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Glocalisation: Would Ansoff Classify it as Diversification or Market development?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Haier Delayers to Encourage Innovation and Teamwork

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Innovation Innovation Innovation

Friday, October 11, 2013

Investing in China’s Urbanisation Opportunities - KKR Takes a Stake in Haier

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Onshoring - Is China Losing its Competitiveness as a Low-Cost Location for Manufacturing

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Xiaomi - The Apple of China?

Can Retrenchment Really Save Blackberry?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Abandoned Shopping Carts: Why did Tesco and Best Buy Fail in China?

Alibaba Beats Amazon to the E-Commerce Prize in China

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Why Localisation Is Important for Success in China – Yum! Brands and the Rapid Growth of KFC

How Did P&G Reach the Top in China?

Emerging Markets - If You Want Growth - Go Where The Growth Is…

Monday, September 16, 2013

Growth Strategy - Under Armour Targets Nike and Adidas as it Aims to Become a $10bn Business

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Aims and Objectives for A2 - Suggested Lessons

Friday, September 06, 2013

Nokia: Elop Raises the White Flag and Sells to Microsoft

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Retailing in the UK - Peston Goes Shopping

Monday, September 02, 2013

Competing in Emerging Markets: Adidas Goes West in China

Competition for your Remote Control and Wallet: BT Sport takes on BSkyB

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Growing a Business: Cath Kidston’s International Success

Costs, Cash, Capital and Customers - Harriet Green’s Strategy for Success

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Technological Change - The Decline of Blackberry

Friday, August 30, 2013

Farewell Steve Ballmer - CEO of Microsoft

Friday, August 23, 2013

Maker Movements - Garage Manufacturing

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Google and Youtube - One of the Best Takeovers in History?

Sunday, August 11, 2013


Friday, August 09, 2013

Measuring Innovation

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Planning for the (very) long term

Friday, July 12, 2013

How recent Waitrose and ALDI location decisions give a good marketing insight

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Marketing the budget hotel concept

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Low cost airlines

Friday, June 21, 2013

Stakeholder conflict in the battle over Royal Mail

Thursday, June 20, 2013

BUSS4 in 6 Concepts/Theories: Analysing your Research Organisations

Thursday, June 06, 2013

BUSS4 in 3 words: What do they say about Leadership, Values and Culture?

Organisational Culture: When the Culture Needs to Change

Are Premium, Differentiated Products the Answer to Compete Against Mass Production?

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Strategic Choice: Apple: Differentiation v Scale

The Ethics Bank

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Organisational Culture - The Crucial Importance of Core Values

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Strategy, Change & Culture: Moya Greene Seems to be Delivering!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Runner’s Up League and Cup Double

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Strategy & Technological Change: Will Google Glass be as Big as the Smartphone?

Strategy & Leadership - Harriet Green at Thomas Cook Outlines Her Strategy

Emerging Markets Strategy - JCB Exploits the International Opportunity

Monday, May 13, 2013

3 Businesses That Have Thrived during the Economic Downturn

Co Op Bank’s USP vanishing trick

Friday, May 10, 2013

Investing in Workforce Skills and Culture - the University of John Lewis

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Ethics, supply chains and consumer responsibility

The problems of overnight success – and how to prepare for growth

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Strategy: Kazou Hirai and the Forgone Bonuses

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Strategy: Profiting from the Smartphone Revolution

Monday, April 29, 2013

BUSS4 - Want Good Analysis? Think How & Why?

Strategy: Organic Growth Powers Whitbread’s Success

What does Apple plan to spend $100bn on?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Organisational Culture: The Frugal Billionaire who Founded Ikea

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Strategy: Ikea Diversifies into Hotels

Strategy: Ikea’s Global Brand & Local Knowledge Drives Expansion into Emerging Markets

Monday, April 22, 2013

Strategy: Kazou Hirai’s First Year as CEO of Sony

Starbucks - Up Close and Personal with Howard Schultz

Strategy: eBay bets on Mobile Payments and PayPal

Luxury Cars and Emerging Markets = a Winning Product

Nokia: Has Elop Found Himself with a Problem Child and Dog?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Organisational Culture: The Business of Business is People - Says Herb

Monday, April 15, 2013

Can Healthy Fast Food be Turned into a Global Success?

Saturday, April 13, 2013

An Organisational Culture of Trust - Insights from John Lewis Partnership

Strategy in a time of austerity & poverty - three retailers tell their story

Are supermarket economies of scale beginning to fade?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Are Businesses Too Slow to Change?

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The role of Business culture in business turnarounds

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Growth strategy - Tesco’s “Related-diversification” into Family Restaurants

Friday, March 15, 2013

Researching the Royal Mail - A Great Case Study in Change Management

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Culture and Strategy: A Selection of Company Vision and Values

Sunday, March 10, 2013

John Lewis staff celebrate bonus of nine weeks’ pay

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Sony sells iconic office block as part of turnaround strategy

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Mobile Strategy - the Battle for 3rd Place in Operating Systems

Monday, February 25, 2013

Nokia: Is A Slimmed-Down, More Agile Business Starting to Sing?

A Winning Corporate Culture in the Skies - Herb and His Airline

Organisational Culture: Lessons in Long-Term Business Success from Germany’s Mittelstand

Friday, February 22, 2013

Sony Rolls the Dice on Gaming Again with the PS4

An Organic Growth Strategy Based on Innovation - Lego Powers Ahead

Huawei - are three CEOs better than one?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

All Change at Barclays: Can Jenkins Achieve his Cultural Transformation?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Strategic Change & Culture - Kodak and the Winds of Change

Monday, February 11, 2013

The T in SWOT is Becoming More Important to Global CEOs

Analysing the present to understand the future

Samsung - the World’s Biggest Diversified Company?

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Findus hurdles to uncertainty

Friday, February 08, 2013

Is New Leadership Making a Difference at Yahoo?

Thursday, February 07, 2013

A Big Takeover in Media Market: Virgin Media Sold to Liberty Global for £15bn

From Public Company to Private Company - Michael Dell Buys His Company Back!

Explaining changes in business performance with the help of Radio 1

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Van Houten abandons the CD

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Elop Stops Paying Dividends as Part of Nokia’s Turnaround Strategy

Friday, January 25, 2013

BUSS4: New CEO - New Strategy

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Planet Money

Is outsourcing about to go into decline?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Changing the Organisational Culture - Clean Up or Clear Off!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Now Blockbuster fails ... is the High Street dying?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dreamliner or nightmare

The HMV story

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

BUSS3 A* Evaluation - Strategy is Choice – Where to Play and How to Win

Friday, January 11, 2013

Leadership & Strategy at Amazon - Be Obsessed with Customers and Think Long-term

BUSS3 A* Evaluation - Do You Really Have to Pay That Dividend?

Retrenchment Strategy - Are Things Looking Better for Nokia and Stephen Elop

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Innovation - Behind the Scenes at the Airbus Wing Factory

Leadership - To be Exceptionally Effective, a Leader Needs CASE

Sony’s New Super Smartphone - A Premium Product, But Can It Compete with Apple & Samsung?

Jessops goes into Administration Is the Niche Market a Tomb?

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Big Firm launches smaller brand – the Harris and Hoole story

Revision Presentation - Delayering

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Revision Presentation - Ansoffs Matrix

Monday, December 24, 2012

Revision Presentation - Porter’s Generic Strategies

Business and technology - warehouse automation

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

BUSS4 Culture and Leadership: Walsh vs Branson - again

Ansoff and Tesco - What Went Wrong with Fresh and Easy?

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Turnaround in Tesco’s overseas strategy

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

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