Re-think. Re-position. Renew.

Those are the three imperatives for managers. Processes must now focus on core practices. I defined four critical areas which will impact powerfully on the modern organization.

Grass-roots Education: This means training everyone, from the CEO to the shop-floor worker. Without this true momentum cannot be achieved.

Fire Prevention: Fortune 500 companies have shown how deep and long-lasting the influence of Six Sigma and DFSS is. Six Sigma focuses on ‘defense’ that is eliminating mistakes, waste and reworking. The higher the Sigma Value, the fewer defects you have. Six is virtually perfect. To reach the next higher level of efficiency, organizations must practice DFSS, because it starts even earlier than SS, developing or redesigning the process itself. So Six Sigma would work for the short-term and DFSS for the long.

Direct Interaction: Customers care only about products and services and their quality. They don’t want to know who’s strategizing what. They want quick and easy access and a lot of information prior to a purchase decision. Extend the organization’s data-gathering with 2-way communication. Use social media to help stage your CRM program. Create a cloud-based forum for present and future customers. Above everything else, be alert, react quickly, and work for continual improvement.

Effective Globalization: It is now almost imperative that companies adapt products, services and processes to local requirements. There will be risk but it will depend on how quickly the company responds to change. Managers must study and assimilate local cultures, markets, local competition. They must develop business models tailored to local needs. They must find strategic local partners and encourage employees by upholding local values. And they must keep on introducing new, improved products with local flavors.

Strategy – Collaboration with Thought Leaders

Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA, USA

  • Samuel A. Culbert
    Professor of Management
    Organization 21C

Chaminade University of Honolulu, USA

  • Scott J. Schroeder
    Associate Professor of Management and Director of Business and Graduate Management Programs
    Organization 21C

College of William and Mary, USA

  • Robert M. Fulmer
    W. Brooks George Professor of Management
    Management 21C

Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

  • Nicolai J. Foss
    Director of the Learning, Incentives, and Knowledge (LINK) Program
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Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, USA

  • Jeanne M. Liedtka
    Johnson and Higgins Research Associate Professor of Business Administration
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Harvard Business School, USA

  • Christopher A. Bartlett
    Daewoo Professor of Business Administration
    Management 21C

IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Derek F. Abell
    Professor of Strategy and Marketing
    Management 21C
  • Peter Lorange
    Management 21C
  • Piero Morosini
    Professor for Strategy and Execution
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INSEAD, France

  • Subramanian Rangan
    Associate Professor of Strategy & Management
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London Business School, UK

  • Sumantra Ghoshal
    Robert P. Bauman Chair in Strategic Leadership
    Management 21C
  • Peter Moran
    Assistant Professor of Strategy and International Management
    Management 21C
  • Kim Warren
    Adjunct Associate Professor of Strategic Management
    Next Generation Business Handbook

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

  • Peter M. Senge
    Senior Lecturer
    Management 21C

Max M. Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University, USA

  • Robert L. Heneman
    Professor of Management & Human Resources and Director of Graduate Programs in Labor and Human Resources
    Organization 21C

Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada

  • Allen J. Morrison
    Donald Hunter Professor of International Business
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Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada

  • Joel A. C. Baum
    Professor of Strategy and Organization
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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands

  • J. Wil Foppen
    Dean, Director and Professor
    Management 21C
  • Henk W. Volberda
    Professor of Strategic Management and Business Policy
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Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada

  • Cyril Bouquet
    Assistant Professor of Strategy
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Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

  • Rebecca Henderson
    Eastman Kodak Professor of Management
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  • Katrin H. Käufer
    Visiting Professor
    Management 21C

University of Michigan Business School, USA

  • Jaideep Anand
    Assistant Professor in Corporate Strategy and International Business Group
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  • Christopher DeRose
    Organization 21C
  • C.K. Prahalad
    Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Corporate Strategy and International Business
    Management 21C
  • Noel M. Tichy
    Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
    Next Generation Business Handbook

Consultants & Executives

  • John C. Beck
    Director of International Research, Accenture Institute for Strategic Change
    Next Generation Business Handbook
  • James A. Champy
    Chairman of Consulting, Perot Systems Corporation
    Organization 21C
  • Marshall Goldsmith
    Director of Keilty, Goldsmith & Company
    Management 21C
  • Wendy K. Schutt
    Human Resources Consultant
    Organization 21C