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Country-level Strategy: Is there a route for the development of countries?

Country-level Strategy: Is there a route for the development of countries?

Biologists, business managers, and economic theorists use models with many phases to improve the understanding of the evolutionary process in diverse areas, such as the development of new products or the growth of a colony of bacteria. Therefore, the lifecycle of a product, the technology adoption curve, the phases of a person´s life, and the […]

Organizational Life Cycle

Organizational Life Cycle

Companies, individuals, families, NGOs, cells, organisms and empires go through different stages throughout their lives. Each phase has well-defined characteristics and are consequences of the challenges that the organizations face through their lifetime. More specifically, the phases are easily identified when one analyses the cognitive capacities of executives, the structure of the organization and the contexts in […]

The Chinese Century: Is China-Brazil relationship a proxy of a new global governance?

The Chinese Century: Is China-Brazil relationship a proxy of a new global governance?

The rise of Chinese influence in Brazil By Evodio Kaltenecker, Ph.D. Nature hates the vacuum, so do superpowers. Therefore, the geopolitical space allowed by the United States is seemingly being filled by China. [1] For instance, the Asian giant became Brazil’s most important trade partner in 2009 and Chinese investment in Brazil began around 2010 [2] […]

Ciclo de vida de las organizaciones

Ciclo de vida de las organizaciones

Empresas, individuos, familias, organizaciones no gubernamentales, empresas estatales, células, organismos e imperios pasan por diferentes etapas durante su vida. Cada una de las fases posee características bien definidas y es consecuencia de las modificaciones por las cuales las organizaciones pasan a lo largo del tiempo. Más específicamente, las etapas se identifican cuando se analizan las capacidades cognitivas […]

¿Por qué las empresas exitosas fracasan?

¿Por qué las empresas exitosas fracasan?

By Evodio Kaltenecker “Té con Mussolini”, una hermosa película de Franco Zefirelli, describe un grupo de mujeres inglesas sofisticadas que no percibían el deterioro de la sociedad italiana en los años anteriores a la Segunda Guerra Mundial. El comportamiento de las damas que se reunían para el té todas las tardes se asemeja al de GM, Kodak, […]

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in global competition: internationalization as an entrepreneurial challenge.

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in global competition: internationalization as an entrepreneurial challenge.

Introduction Business schools, consultants and business-specialized media are biased agents because they do not pay tribute to an important actor of the global economy: the millions of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) around the world. For instance, in the European Union alone all but 0.2 % of enterprises which operated in the EU-28 non-financial business […]

On Operations Management and successful cases

On Operations Management and successful cases

This article has an ambitious goal: the dissemination of the concept that operations management, if well-executed, provide competitive advantages to companies. However, because strategy, marketing, and M&A are sexier than operations, executives tend to overlook the benefits of managing well the operational part of a business. In general, there is a misunderstanding between strategy and […]

Why do successful companies fail?

Why do successful companies fail?

Tea with Mussolini, a Franco Zefirelli´s film, describes a group of sophisticated English women that did not want to accept the deterioration of democracy in Italy in the years before the II World War. The behavior of the ladies that meet for tea every afternoon resembles the ones of GM, Kodak, Polaroid, Blockbuster, Chrysler, Delta, American […]

The Boeing-Embraer deal: a partnership that may transform the aircraft industry

The Boeing-Embraer deal: a partnership that may transform the aircraft industry

Anatomy of a deal: Brazil´s Embraer, the third-largest aircraft maker, received an offer from Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, to combine their assets. The options are open and range from the total acquisition of the Brazilian company (less likely scenario) to the creation of a Joint Venture (JV) focused on the development and commercialization of a […]

The digital economy and network effects: value chains and multilateral platforms.

The digital economy and network effects: value chains and multilateral platforms.

Introduction “Airbnb’s market value: $ 30 billion, higher than the traditional Hyatt and Wyndham hotel chains.” “Uber’s market value: $ 60 billion, higher than Ford or General Motors.” (Source: NYT, March 2016) The information above shows two industries that suffered drastic structural movements. However, the changes that occurred in the mobile segment were even more dramatic. In […]

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