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Making money from green consumerism in the downturn

In the last few years, many leading companies have been vigorously marketing the green attributes of their products and services to cash in on perceived demand among consumers.

Consumer goods & retail Strategy, Sustainability

Restructure and reinvest in innovation

Innovation is traditionally one of the first casualties of a downturn. When companies are casting around for means to retain capital just to survive, spending on developments that may or may not pay off some time in the future is an easy target for cost-cutting.

Strategy, Technology & innovation management

How the robust and audacious thrive through business cycle...

Among many companies, the knee-jerk reaction to a downturn is to pull back. Capital spending is cut, acquisitions are scaled down and marketing expenditure is slashed in a desperate effort to survive the bad times. But smart companies apply a more controlled response to difficult conditions.

Strategy

"The future is about cooperative competition"

Mr Bajaj, in the long term some people foresee the business world evolving into a bipolar one: the “West” versus the “Emerging Markets.” Would you concur with that view?

Strategy

Grooming CEO talent at the truly global firm of the future

One of the main effects of globalization is that firms today are sourcing around the world to get the best value for money. Despite this, in many companies top management talent is still sourced from within national borders.

Strategy

The coming transformation of the automotive industry

The automotive industry is going through a crisis unprecedented in its century-long history.

Automotive

The impact of future travelers' preferences on the...

Tourism is a highly sensitive reflector of the general state of the economy, falling rapidly in response to a downturn but then bouncing back to growth more quickly than most.

Travel & transportation Strategy

A rose in the bud? Anticipating opportunities in industrial...

Bioplastics and chemicals derived from biological raw materials are being hailed as the next big thing for the chemical industry, a development that could have a huge impact on both that industry and the many others that depend on it.

Chemicals Sustainability

Putting patients at the centre of a new biopharma business...

The pharmaceutical industry is suffering. Expiring patents, increasing demands from regulators and decreasing healthcare budgets are putting companies under pressure, and the industry has to walk a narrow tightrope between keeping profitability up and quickly developing attractive medications....

Healthcare & life sciences

Ten management priorities for today and tomorrow

Now that the dust of the global financial crisis has begun to settle, many business leaders are wondering what their next steps should be in the lingering atmosphere of uncertainty. With the heavy rounds of cost-cutting finished, “Growth now” is the new mantra.

Strategy