Author: Eamon Hoey

The Start-up of You – by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha

The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career, by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha Occasionally I come across a book that I wish had been available when I was in my early 30s because it would have reduced the time spent to achieve my goal. Reid Hoffman’s book “The…
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Innovation Trumps Cost Cutting

During the last three decades Chinese, Indian, and Korean manufacturers became major providers of low-cost and low priced goods, and rivals to North American manufacturers. Their competitive advantage was derived from low cost labour. In response, North American organizations focused on cost management and process excellence. Management's 90's religion was Six Sigma, process improvement, right…
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How Companies Choose to Fail?

Why do companies fail? There are lots of excuses offered by former leaders of failed companies: A bad economy is high on the list, excessive demands by unions, foreign competition, competitors who price below cost, irrational investors, a strong dollar that killed exports, and events beyond the company’s control. My intensive study of corporate failure…
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How to Improve the Performance of Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are a popular way of achieving rapid growth and market entry. However, the performance of acquisitions is mixed. Half of acquisitions fail to meet acquirer expectations. Yet, acquisitions remain a central element of corporate strategy. How then can firms improve the post-acquisition integration performance of acquired firms? First, let us see…
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