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Beyond the Valley: Attack of the Omnichannel Zombies

Jay Sorrels | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Jay Sorrels

Zombies walk amongst us. Hiding in plain sight. Ensuring their temporary survival at terrible cost to people and businesses alike, while markets and consumers move on and away at their own pace. When maybe they should be running.

How a Currency Trader Plays the Ukraine Crisis

Mike Baghdady | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Mike Baghdady

Traders are chess players; watching and strategizing moves ahead of what is actually taking place. It takes patience and discipline to play the game successfully, but those virtues can pay off handsomely.

A Story About Power Told in the Future Tense

Neil Simpson | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Simpson

'Britain' is increasingly evaporating as a concept. It's no longer a set of coherent ideals inhabited by tangible institutions and characters. Instead it's become more of a marketing device filled with vapid catch-all phrases.

Ten Principles for Good Wealth Management

Spiros Margaris | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Spiros Margaris

The important question that family offices must constantly ask themselves: "Is our wealth management good wealth management?" Can the partners (asset managers, specialists) satisfy the requirements stated in the Ten Principles for Good Wealth Management?

'My 3 Choices': The New Banking Client Experience

Spiros Margaris | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Spiros Margaris

With My 3 Choices the client and the bank take charge of their destiny. With the sophistication of three service levels: My 3 Choices (Blue, Gold and...

Swiss National Bank's Investment Policy Reconsidered

Spiros Margaris | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Spiros Margaris

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) President Thomas Jordan has to reconsider the SNB investment policy due to the fact that its equity holdings have grown to around 71 billion Swiss francs in the third quarter of 2013.

'Win-Win Fee Model' Revolutionizes Financial Industry Fee Model

Spiros Margaris | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK
Spiros Margaris

SPIROS MARGARIS - THE BRAVE STEP The Win-Win Fee Model is a new intuitive fee business model for the financial industry in the new win-win market seg...

Materials Are Key Challenge for Europe in Resource-Constrained World

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

In the build up to February's European Council Summit on industrial competitiveness, Brussels is in the midst of a major policy review. Industrial strategy is the right topic for Europe to be debating and now is exactly the right time to address it...

Pre-Holiday Check-Up Boosts Productivity

Dr Monique Y. Wells | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Monique Y. Wells

In just a few days, the U.S. will celebrate Thanksgiving. Where has 2013 gone? Once the Christmas / Hanukkah holiday season arrives, the race will b...

EU Must Seize Landmark Summit to Frame Long-Term Vision With China

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dirk Jan van den Berg

The 2013 EU-China Summit takes place on Thursday 21st November in Beijing on the 10th anniversary of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two. This high level meeting is especially crucial for Europe, not least given that it is the first since the landmark Chinese leadership transition in March.

Protecting Your Licence to Operate in the Future

Sara Benwell | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK
Sara Benwell

Normally, when people talk about reputation management they immediately think of crisis communications and the importance of protecting a company's br...

Five Years On, Financial Crisis Has Transformed China's Reputation as a Global Power

Andrew Hammond | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK
Andrew Hammond

Five years on, the dust is still settling but it is clear that the consequences have been more than financial. In terms of perceptions, many international publics believe the economic balance of power has swung sharply toward China.

A Conservative Case for Industrial Strategy

Peter Luff | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Luff

Britain is an innovative, creative nation with world leading industries in engineering manufacturing and services. Our entrepreneurs continue to develop new products that take on the world. Manufacturing's share of national output may have fallen but we remain a major and successful manufacturing nation.

Strategy: Be Decisive But Keep An Open Mind

Hugh Salmon | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK
Hugh Salmon

In life, there are only three decisions you need to get right - and one of them is where you live. In a TV programme called Escape to the Country, co...

Strategy: Some People Don't Get It, Do They?

Hugh Salmon | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK
Hugh Salmon

Watching the BBC's The Apprentice, I am reminded of a show in last year's series when one of the contestants endlessly repeated 'What's the strategy? ...

How Bismarck - Like Liberal Arts - Can Teach Us How To Think

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK
Jeffrey Gedmin

Think of Bismarck and you probably think of authority and discipline, hierarchy and order. The name conjures up images of the generously moustached, r...

Has Windows 8 Become a 'Turkey'?

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Tech
Dr Steve McCabe

The speculation Microsoft is receiving poor feedback from the purchasers of its latest operating system, Windows 8, has allowed many to wonder if this is a moment similar to the disastrous launch by Coac-Cola of a new "Coke" some 30 years ago which was hated by customers.

Is Apple Losing Its Creative Juice?

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Tech
Dr Steve McCabe

Whilst an increase in sales of some 2.4 million on last year's total of 35 million for its iPhone is hardly 'small beer', there is a sense of disappointment and some suggest that Apple's phone is no longer the 'must have' product it was once seen to be.

Thatcher: A Learning Opportunity Missed?

Jim Cowan | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jim Cowan

Right or left, those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them, something politicians of all hues have been doing since she left office and, no doubt will continue to do into the future.

The Danger of Hubris in Strategy - Learning From Tesco

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK
Dr Steve McCabe

Until recently Tesco was a company that was constantly expanding and, significantly, making greater profits each year. So that its profits have declined massively has come as a shock. Tesco is no longer the money-making machine it once was.

Why Michael Gove Should Pay Attention to the Failure of Michael Porter

Richard Stacy | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Stacy

Business appears to be waking up to the need to create strategy models that are based around creating value for customers, rather than out-competing their rivals.

Sustainable Tourism: Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Rooksana Hossenally | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK
Rooksana Hossenally

What we need, controlled building regulations aside, is to go back to the drawing board in order to encourage a country's competitiveness by building on its local source unique assets like its culture, landmarks, food, people, architecture and any other authentic aspect of that destination that is capable of differentiating each destination from the next.

How to Bring Back the Left on Campuses in the UK and Ireland

Adam McGibbon | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Adam McGibbon

It seems that the brief resurgence of student activism has disappeared as soon as it arrived. While the Northern Ireland Education Maintenance Allowance and nursing bursaries are slashed away, we hear absolutely nothing from the students' unions and just words from NUS-USI.

Is 'Red Ed' Really Acquiring Shades of Blue, If So, Why?

Tom Hunt | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK Politics
Tom Hunt

Ed Miliband's strategy regarding the Conservative Party has become increasingly clear over the summer months. He aims to use his significant strategic leverage relative to the Conservatives to out-manoeuvre the Tories by pushing them off the centre ground of British politics, breaking the coalition and leaving the Tories in electoral wasteland.

A New Vision to Tackle Biggest Killer

Dr Mike Knapton | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Mike Knapton

On 1 December, 2011, the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley recognised that we needed a new Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy. Rising levels of obesity and diabetes and an aging population meant we needed a new vision, a new plan to not only sustain but improve progress combating the UK's biggest killer.