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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Global Talent Risk - Seven Responses

    The talent gap is a challenge for employers everywhere. To sustain economic growth, by 2030 the United States will need to add more than 25 million workers and Western Europe will need to add more than 45 million employees. There are an estimated 214 million international migrants worldwide. Collectively, they...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Global Sourcing In The Postdownturn Era

    The worldwide economic downturn and its aftermath have had a significant effect on how companies view and approach global sourcing. Exports from low-cost countries (LCCs) dropped sharply during the crisis - from $3.8 trillion in 2008 to $3.0 trillion in 2009 - and have yet to recover to their pre-downturn...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Winning In Emerging-Market Cities: A Guide To The World's Largest Growth Opportunity

    The single largest commercial growth opportunity globally in the decade ahead is the rise of cities in emerging markets. And the most pivotal decisions that many companies will make in the near future are those regarding their commitment to winning in these cities and their strategies for doing so. Yet...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    No Shortcuts: The Road Map To Smarter Marketing

    Companies invest staggering sums of money in marketing with surprisingly little rigor. Because it is notoriously difficult to measure and optimize the return on marketing investments (ROMI), marketing executives often rely on rules of thumb - such as spending as a percentage of revenues - to guide their decision-making. The...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Threading The Needle: Value Creation In A Low-Growth Economy

    Although 2009 saw a strong rebound in equity values, global capital markets are still laboring under the shadow of the worldwide financial crisis that began in 2008. Global market indexes were up roughly 30 percent in 2009, but the weighted average annual total shareholder return (TSR) for this year's Value...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Cloud Computing in Large Enterprises

    Business executives and chief information officers alike are curious about cloud computing. Many senior executives were caught off-guard in the 1990s by the rapid development of the Web, and they do not want to miss the next big shift others have used cloud-based services-such as Mazy, Drop box, and Flicker...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Achieving Success In Business Process Outsourcing And Offshoring

    The list of companies that have launched efforts at business process outsourcing (BPO) and offshoring grows daily. Many of these organizations, however, are destined for disappointment. Indeed, research by The Boston Consulting Group indicates that roughly half of the companies that engage in BPO and offshoring will have underwhelming results....

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Simulation Advantage

    Almost all companies use experimentation to develop and test new products and services. But in an increasingly turbulent business environment, strategies - as well as products and services - can become obsolete quickly and unpredictably. Therefore companies must broaden the arena of experimentation to include business models and strategies. Yet...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    One-Shot Pricing

    When you have only one shot at winning, you really need to make it count. All companies selling work through major contracts understand this urgency. Dealing with infrequent (and typically large) bids for each piece of business, these companies must master what is called "One-shot pricing" Because no one-shot-pricing scenario...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    The Future Of Telecommunications: As wireless Earnings Wane, Carriers Confront Hard Choices

    Since deregulation in the 1980s and the emergence of the commercial Internet in the 1990s, the telecommunications industry has faced disruptions and premature reports of its untimely demise. But the challenges have never been greater than now. The stock market has punished most large carriers while richly rewarding companies that...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    The 2009 BCG Multilatinas

    Latin America is a massive, diverse, and vibrant region. Its nominal GDP ($4.2 trillion in 2008) is equivalent to China's, it has a very large population (562 million), and its market capitalization ($1.6 trillion as of June 2009) is greater than that of Eastern Europe and Russia combined. While it...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Back To The Basics: How Photovoltaic Suppliers Can Win In Today's Solar Market

    Because demand exceeded supply for several years running, the sales forces of many solar PV companies focused more on taking orders and allocating available supply than on improving sales and marketing efficiency or on developing an understanding of customers' needs and demand generation. Now suppliers are forced to play catch-up....

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Asset Productivity: A Potent Lever For Competitive Advantage

    With economic growth stubbornly elusive, demand trends unclear, and prices under strong pressure across industrial goods markets, leading companies remain highly focused on improving operational performance. And no wonder: in many cases, margin improvements of just 1 to 2 percent can determine whether a contract is profitable or whether a...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Assuming Leadership: The First 100 Days

    To choose the right people, you need to do some research and then be willing to act on your intuition. Review each candidate's record with the head of human resources, look at. the data on his or her performance, and hold personal interviews with the most promising players in order...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Batteries For Electric Cars: Challenges, Opportunities, And The Outlook To 2020

    The automotive industry's quest to limit its impact on the environment and transform automotive mobility into a sustainable mode of transportation continues at high intensity, despite the current economic crisis. In an earlier report, the authors analyzed the technical and cost tradeoffs of competing alternative power-train technologies. In this companion...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    The African Challengers: Global Competitors Emerge From The Overlooked Continent

    The African economy is overshadowed by Asia to the east and, to a lesser degree, by South America to the west. Over the last decade, however Africa has begun to emerge. Hidden in plain view, scores of African companies have been competing and rapidly expanding in the global economy. Their...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Adaptive Advantage

    In "New Bases of Competitive Advantage," the authors argued that increased turbulence in the business environment has invalidated an implicit and critical assumption of classical business strategy: that competition is sufficiently stable and predictable for the basis of competitive advantage to be readily determined. Traditional approaches to strategic planning become...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Aligning Talent For Global Advantage: How Top Companies Develop Right Talent In The Right Place

    What keeps you awake at night? If you are Bimal Rath, you are concerned about harnessing global talent effectively. "As companies continue to operate in more and more complex environments, it is the quality of talent that they have that makes the difference," says Rath, the regional head of HR...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Beyond The Boom: The Outlook For Global Steel

    Steel is booming. Around the globe, mills are busy day and night turning out some 3 million tons of steel daily at sustained utilization rates rarely seen before. Steel companies in the so-called Triad - Europe, Japan, and the United States - are benefiting from high steel prices in their...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Achieving A Global Talent Advantage

    Recruiting and retaining talent have always been a struggle for global companies, and today the challenges are larger than ever. As more companies develop global aspirations, the demand for talent increases at the same time that the retirement of the baby boom generation in the West shrinks supply. With demand...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Banking On Lean Advantage

    Lean advantage is unique in several ways. First, it takes a strategic view of operations. The goals of operations improvement - for example, lower costs, higher revenues, and improved customer satisfaction - are determined by a bank's strategic priorities. More often than not, these priorities call for improvements to the...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Arming For The Second Web War

    Both traditional and nontraditional financial players will be competing for these customers. Indeed, many leading retailers have already entered the arena, using their distribution networks, brand names, and customer insights to capture share. Amazon, perhaps the world's most sophisticated online retailer, makes no secret of its ambition to provide financial...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Breaking Compromises In The Mass Affluent Market

    Mass affluent investors constitute one of the largest and fastest - growing segments of the wealth management market. In 2004 the Pool of assets under management held by mass affluent investors in the United States grew by almost one-third to $9 trillion, significantly outstripping asset growth among other categories of...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Business Model Adaptation In Retail: A Growing Need

    Change in retail markets comes slowly and almost silently, so it is not always easy to gauge its impact. For example, on the demand side, the mass movement of women into the workforce has been responsible for a drop in store visits of as much as 35 percent in some...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    In Search Of Stable Growth: Global Asset Management 2010

    Although the value of global AuM increased in 2009, average AuM and the economics of asset managers deteriorated for the second consecutive year. Average AuM fell by 4 percent, net revenues by Ii percent, and operating margins by 19 percent. Asset managers were able to reduce overall costs by an...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Raising The Bar: Improving IT Efficiency In Government

    Corporate IT operations are under regular, if not constant, scrutiny as companies look to maximize the return on every dollar invested. IT is expected to be on a continuous path of self-improvement, actively seeking - and finding - ways of doing more for less. IT operations in the public sector...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Creating A New Deal For Middle Managers: Empowering A Neglected But Critical Group

    The success of almost every corporate initiative depends on the willingness of employees to go the extra mile. Yet the Great Recession has taken its toll on engagement and the social contract between employers and employees. Executives now recognize that in order to fulfill their strategic goals, they will need...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Mastering Complexity: Capture The Hidden Opportunity

    Managing complexity and its related costs is a growing challenge for companies. The increasingly global nature of business gives rise to diverse customers and markets, convoluted supply chains, and vast supplier networks. The trend toward product customization allows customers to "Have it their way" but wreaks havoc on production schedules...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Lean Advantage In Telcos: Reducing Complexity And Transforming Culture

    When managers at telecommunications companies look for cost savings today, few find much to cut. Most established providers have been through numerous rounds of cost cutting over the past few years, and emerging companies generally have designed their business models for efficiency. However, the Boston Consulting Group's analysis shows that...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Cash For Growth: The Neglected Power Of Working-Capital Management

    Working capital - that is current assets minus current liabilities - has always been an important measure of a company's liquidity and its ability to support day-to-day operations. But too much working capital usually means that too much money is tied up in accounts receivable and inventory. Typically the knee-jerk...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Accelerating Out Of The Great Recession: Seize The Opportunities In M&A

    With the global economy returning to growth after the worst financial crisis in the lives of most business executives, the outlook for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is improving. Yet, while M&A activity appeared to bottom out in 2009, the recovery in the number and value of deals remains patchy and...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    A New World Order Of Consumption: Consumers In A Turbulent Recovery

    For most consumers, the recovery has arrived, but the future remains overcast. Job losses have begun to stabilize in many key markets thanks to strong government intervention. The International Monetary Fund now estimates world GDP growth for 2010 at around 4.2 percent. Although such a growth rate is not stellar,...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Crisis As Opportunity: Global Corporate Banking 2010

    The financial crisis has had a devastating effect on many banks overall, but its impact on corporate banking business units has been more nuanced. There have been winners and losers. About one-third of business units in BCG's Global Corporate-Banking Benchmarking Database increased their economic profit between the end of 2007...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    (Technology-Enabled) Innovation: A Weapon To Win The Battle For Competitive Advantage

    Many businesses today face a different but no less daunting challenge - surviving against mushrooming competitor. This competition is coming from both conventional quarters and, increasingly, unconventional ones, including rapidly developing economies. One of the few surefire ways to come out on top against these competitors is by excelling at...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Regaining Lost Ground: Resurgent Markets And New Opportunities

    Global wealth closed in on its precise peak in 2009, driven by resurgent stock 'markets. But recovery, as dynamic as it was, did not translate into stranger performance for the industry - many wealth-management institutions continued to face declining revenues and stubbornly high costs. Even as the financial crisis recedes...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Demystifying Organization: Understanding The Three Critical Elements

    New strategies - or shifts in existing strategies - frequently require a change in organization design-Whether companies are winning new customers, launching new products quickly, achieving radical cost reduction, expanding globally, or accomplishing breakthrough innovations - organization design should be at the heart of their initiatives. Frequently, however; organization design...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Megatrends: Tailwinds For Growth In A Low-Growth Environment

    It's time to grow again. During the last prolonged bear market, from 1966 to 1982, almost all of the 20 companies that most strongly outperformed their industry peers on the basis of total shareholder return did so through growth in sales rather than EB1T or dividends. However, sales growth in...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Winning In The Evolving Marketplace Of Ideas: Intellectual Property Strategy For The Twenty-First Century

    Patents were created to promote innovation by granting inventors exclusive rights to their inventions. For the past 200 years or so, the market for trading intellectual property IP: was relatively tame, with understandable rules of engagement among IP owners. But in the twenty-first century, the IP market is becoming both...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Cascading Change

    For change to cascade in an organization, its leadership must be truly aligned and must clearly and respectfully communicate the need to change to employees, as well as solicit their feedback. Leaders are role models. If they try to fake leadership alignment, employees will pick up on it and the...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    The Customer Value Challenge

    European mobile operators have historically been growth machines - their metrics, incentives, and systems finely tuned to increase their customer and revenue base. They have been bred to keep pace with their competitors and have played the game with amazing success. Most markets have reached saturation in an astonishingly short...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Searching For Sustainability: Value Creation In An Era Of Diminished Expectations

    T key value-creation challenge for companies in today's economy is sustainability, by which the authors mean developing an approach to shareholder value that allows a company to deliver above-average returns consistently, over relatively long periods of time. Many of the senior executives they talk to are hungry for an approach...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Women Want More (In Financial Services)

    Just how are women's daily lives different from those of most men? And how do these differences affect women's financial needs? The obvious truth is that many women, in addition to holding down highly demanding jobs, are the primary caregivers to children and often to aging parents. They are household...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Cascading Change

    For change to cascade in an organization, its leadership must be truly aligned and must clearly and respectfully communicate the need to change to employees, as well as solicit their feedback. Leaders are role models. If they try to fake leadership alignment, employees will pick up on it and the...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Be Daring When Others Are Fearful

    The global financial and economic crisis has taken its toll on M&A, but there are strong signs of stabilization in the capital markets. The crisis has created opportunities for acquisitive businesses to reshape industries and create new leaders, as companies like IBM and Procter & Gamble did in the 1930s....

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Crisis Pricing For The Downturn And After

    The recession is no time for pricing as usual. In a cycle of collapsing demand, volatile sourcing costs, and increasingly intense competition, you need all hands on deck to protect prices. And because these conditions are likely to remain (to some extent) throughout the anticipated slow recovery, it is imperative...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    China's Luxury Market In A Post-Land Rush Era

    China continues to be an important market for global luxury-goods companies. Although not immune to the global economic crisis, the country has suffered far less than others, and economists are even revising upward their GDP growth estimates for the country to the high single digits for 2009. The continued health...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Come Out A Winner In Retail Banking

    Today's retail banking industry is in crisis. The symptoms can be ticked off' like so many ingredients iii a bad recipe: a lack of market growth, shrinking revenue pools, uncertain long-term liquidity, huge loan losses, tightening regulation, and sluggish value creation. What's more, interest rates have dropped to their lowest...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Seven Myths Of The Downturn

    To be sure, trading down for discount and value brands is gaining ground across many consumer-goods categories. Retailers are increasingly positioning themselves as defenders of budget-constrained families and giving their private-label products more shelf space. And undoubtedly, many retailers are becoming much more sophisticated branders, as their own retail brands...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    The Business Of Sustainability: Imperatives, Advantages, And Action

    A good indication that sustainability is here to stay is the fact that fewer than one-fourth of the survey respondents told one that their companies have pulled back on their commitment to sustainability during the downturn. In fact, respondents in some segments, such as the automotive industry and the media...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    The Seven Element Of Effective IT Integration

    Neglecting to properly assess progress is a root cause of failure in IT integration. Many of the usual systems and processes are no longer relevant and things can change by the hour, with today's success or failure often incorrectly coloring the ClO's longer-term view What's needed is a lens that...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Serving Customers In The Downturn

    Customer service is critical to the success of all companies, whether they are selling paint and hardware to do it-yourselfers in suburban America or selling multibillion-dollar power plants to public utilities in rapidly developing markets. Indeed, a recent survey by the Daniel Group for Caterpillar found that more than 40...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Delivering On The Client Promise

    Global wealth declined for the first time since 2001. Measured in local currencies, global wealth fell by 11.7 percent in 2008 to $92.4 trillion. The authors believe that wealth will resume its growth trajectory in 2010, but the recovery will be gradual - they expect assets under management (AuM) to...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Achieving Excellence In After-Sales Services: A Primer For Industrial Companies

    Inspired by the success of these and other pioneering manufacturers, a number of industrial goods companies have attempted to make the shift from pure manufacturing organizations to organizations with an added focus on after-sales services, such as preventive maintenance; spare-parts supply; repairs, retrofits, and upgrades; and disposal and recycling. But...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Conquering The Crisis

    In 2008, investors fled asset classes that were perceived as risk', illiquid, or nontransparent, gravitating toward asset classes that were perceived as safe. Investors that chose to remain in riskier asset classes often chose less expensive vehicles such as exchange-traded funds (ETF5) instead of staying with actively managed products. Money...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    The New social Contract: Engaging Employee During A Downturn

    Employee engagement is built on four cornerstones. First, employees want to know that their company has - and their leaders collectively support - a vision and a strategy. Second, they want to have both a clear idea of their own responsibilities and the tools and authority to achieve them. Third,...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    From Crisis To Opportunity

    The current financial crisis has had a massive impact on economies, industries, and companies around the world. This impact extends to companies in the emerging markets, including those comprising the 2009 BCG 100 New Global Challengers. In the period leading up to the economic crisis, these 100 companies were among...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2009

    Payback Reaping The Rewards Of Innovation

    When people are presented with the idea that cash payback must be the ultimate goal of innovation, they sometimes react with worry, alarm, and confusion. It is the nature of innovation, after all, that cash is not always produced from it, and rarely is cash produced immediately. There can be...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    The 2009 BCG Multilatinas

    Latin America is a massive, diverse, and vibrant region. Its nominal GDP ($4.2 trillion in 2008) is equivalent to China's, it has a very large population (562 million), and its market capitalization ($1.6 trillion as of June 2009) is greater than that of Eastern Europe and Russia combined. While it...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Value Creation In Insurance: Laying A Foundation For Successful M & A

    The financial crisis has not diminished the game-changing power of mergers and acquisitions (M&A). The pace of transactions has slowed, but insurers continue to pursue deals in a bid to boost volume or profitability, complement existing businesses, or provide a stronger presence in foreign markets. If anything, the crisis has...

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  • White Papers // May 2009

    Is This Brand A Friend?

    The brands, which actively enter this dialog and new relationship, are moral or better: "Citizen brands" which increasingly derive their meaning and value from an incorporation of ethical and moral values dear to their consumers in their activities, their messages, and, finally, their attributes. With the shift of consumer markets...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Taking R & D Global: Meeting The Challenge Of Getting It Right

    A global technology leader, one of the first to recognize the market potential of the next billion, began to globalize its R&D in the late 19905. This effort, which is still ongoing, will see the number of scientists and engineers at the company's major RDE-based R&D center at Bangalore reach...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Thinking In New Boxes: How To Bring Fundamental Changes To Your Business

    The ability to survive in a world of accelerating change and challenge calls for ever greater creativity in the thinking. But to become more creative, one needs to understand how the minds work. Once one does, one will recognize that one must do more than simply "Think outside the box,"...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2008

    Collateral Damage: Industry Focus

    The financial crisis affects the insurance industry in two ways: in the short term, largely through high pressure on the asset side of the balance sheet; and in the long term, through the damaging effects of the expected prolonged economic downturn. The financial crisis has sent stock markets tumbling. Direct...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2009

    Sustainable Steelmaking: Meeting Today's Challenges, Forging Tomorrow's Solutions

    The current financial crisis has hit economies hard. Steelmakers around the world, facing collapsing demand and falling prices, are shifting their business priorities to focus primarily on managing operating costs, securing capital, and sustaining client relationships. In this context, some in the industry may question the relevance of managing for...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2008

    Demonstrating Leadership: How The Chief Information Officer Can Help Beat The Downturn

    The financial crisis is far worse than anyone predicted even a few weeks ago. Initial estimates put the likely losses of financial institutions globally at around $1.5 trillion, with a resulting decline in credit capacity of $19 trillion. But the International Monetary Fund recently estimated crisis-related losses of nearly $1.5...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Women Want More: How To Capture More Than Your Share Of The Female Economy

    Because women play many - often overlapping and conflicting - roles, they expect the products they buy to provide multiple solutions as well. Women are both the primary spenders and savers in the consumer society, so they seek value. They are usually the nurturer of the family, but they also...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Back To The Basics: How Photovoltaic Suppliers Can Win In Today's Solar Market

    Because demand exceeded supply for several years running, the sales forces of many solar PV companies focused more on taking orders and allocating available supply than on improving sales and marketing efficiency or on developing an understanding of customers' needs and demand generation. Now suppliers are forced to play catch-up....

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Winning In A Downturn: Managing Working Capital

    Working capital is an important source of cash throughout the business cycle, but it is especially critical during a downturn. In periods of economic expansion, managers often focus so intently on revenue and earnings growth that they ignore other, less obvious methods of value creation, such as working-capital management -...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Driving The Shakeout In Private Equity

    Most of the largest U.S. public pension funds that invest in private equity are backed by state governments, which help the pension funds honor their commitments in order to avoid damage to the reputations of their pension systems. Despite the current budget crisis, one believe public pension funds will remain...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    Realizing The Multichannel Promise

    Companies that sell packaged-goods manufacturers, retailers, banks, and telecommunications providers - have jumped on the multi-channel bandwagon in search of cost efficiencies and higher profit. For many companies, however, these rewards have yet to materialize. Meanwhile, customers are lining up with grievances about everything from products ordered on a Web...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2008

    The Soft Approach: Transforming Hardware Companies

    The transition of both film and video editing from hardware to software is emblematic of moves by leading companies in the technology, industrial goods, and consumer electronic industries. Traditional hardware companies are trying to build software businesses in response to customers' demands, market opportunity, rapid price declines, and pressure from...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2008

    Upend The Downturn With Strategic Pricing

    If your pricing strategy is more than a few months old, it's already obsolete. Companies are struggling to hold on as the roller coaster economy heads south. Consider how the current downturn is affecting the three primary drivers of pricing decisions: Willingness to Spend, consumers across all income segments will...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2008

    Thriving In The New Normal: Corporate Banking 2008/2009

    The financial crisis has led to a striking reversal of fortune for corporate banks. The years leading up to the credit crunch were good ones for the sector, as strong economies created opportunities for growth while loan losses plummeted. Then the credit crunch began. By the middle of 2007, many...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2008

    M&A: Down But Not Out

    This paper assesses the impact of the current economic and financial crisis on companies' merger and acquisition (M&A) plans, based on a survey of the CEO5 and senior managers of 164 publicly listed European companies - believed to be the first study of its kind. Conducted by The Boston Consulting...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2008

    Get Ready For The Private-Equity Shakeout: Will This Be The Next Shock To The Global Economy?

    Private-equity firms have enjoyed extraordinary growth and returns over the last five years, but the collapse of the world's debt markets and the deepening economic crisis have brought this boom to an abrupt end, with potentially severe consequences for private-equity firms, the companies they own (so-called portfolio companies), and the...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2008

    Collateral Damage Part 4: Preparing For A Tough Year Ahead

    We all no doubt feel some relief that 2008 is finally drawing to a close - but this most difficult of years is keeping a sting in its tail: the World Bank has just warned that global GDP growth will decline to a rate of 0.9 percent in 2009. Unquestionably,...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Capturing The Green Advantage For Consumer Companies

    Thanks to unpredictable prices at the pump, energy-saving technologies, and the success of Al Gore and other experts in making us face "Inconvenient" truths, consumers around the world are starting to talk about the environment as if they were discussing their own backyards (which, of course, they are). Concerns about...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Asset Productivity: A Potent Lever For Competitive Advantage

    With economic growth stubbornly elusive, demand trends unclear, and prices under strong pressure across industrial goods markets, leading companies remain highly focused on improving operational performance. And no wonder: in many cases, margin improvements of just 1 to 2 percent can determine whether a contract is profitable or whether a...

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  • White Papers // May 2009

    Thriving Under Adversity: Strategies For Growth In The Crisis And Beyond

    Faced with the worst recession since the 1930s, many companies are reacting as bears do to winter - by hibernating. They are shrinking production capacity, downsizing their labor force, reducing discretionary spending, and conserving cash until - they hope - the economy picks up again. This is a tried and...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2009

    Winning Consumer Through The Downturn

    Anxiety about the economy has spread to every market in the world - even to countries where the key economic indicators remain fairly positive and consumers have yet to experience significantly negative effects from the downturn. For example, when one asked consumers in March 2009 whether they thought the economy...

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