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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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Time for BCE to Think Globally

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) recently denied BCE Inc.’s proposed $3billion takeover of Astral Media Inc. The CRTC Decision has the potential to push BCE into a new strategic direction. It may be as profound as Paul Martin’s decision to deny Canada’s banks the opportunity to merge with or acquire their peers. In…
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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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How to Forecast Your Rivals Strategic Moves

Industries differ in their economic features and competitive character. Trucking, for example, bears little resemblance to Cable TV or the fast food industry. When constructing a strategy you need to first define your industry’s distinguishing features. These include market size, growth rate, the market's geographic boundaries, size and number of competitors, buyer needs, differentiation, economies…
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