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M&As in Downturns

Sukhendu Pal  16-09-2013 at 09:39 GMT

Like in most sales, when shoppers go bargain hunting believing goods to be cheap, downturns presents rare opportunities for companies to improve their competitive position through M&A. As most shoppers know, when emotions drive their shopping behaviour during the sales, they end up buying goods that they rarely use and add little or no value to their lifestyle. M&A in downturns are no different – companies frequently end up acquiring or...read more >

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In search of Economies of Skills

Anthony Williams  16-09-2013 at 09:35 GMT

Talented resources fuel innovation

The "scale-driven mindset" sometimes known as "throw more people at the problem" is limited. Yet this mindset has so dominated the business executives’ agenda in the last 6 years that it has clouded our consideration of many situations, such as outsourcing business functions to leverage labour arbitrage and economies of scale. But, talented resources (precisely because they are talented and...read more >

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Bringing the Cloud to Earth

Dr Gina Sum  16-09-2013 at 09:27 GMT

Of course, there are sceptics who question the reliability and security of the cloud.  The cloud promises to equal or better on-premise computing. As many pioneering companies (e.g., Amazon) show, cloud computing offers sizable benefits, such as improved productivity, easier collaboration, the ability to mine data for insights and higher technology capacity without corresponding increase in capital...read more >

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