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Envisioning: Creating the Context for Strategy

A CEO friend of ours recently expressed a deep concern about his staff's inability to "think strategically." This was surprising to us, given that this corporation is well-populated with excellent talent. Its staff includes brand-new MBAs armed with the latest management tools as well as seasoned "...

Viewpoint Japanese Executives Face Life Out of the Nest

Just as the abrupt end of the Cold War has created a "new world order" for statesmen to puzzle over, management leaders worldwide are facing the challenge of a new economic order. Incongruous as it may seem, the legendary Japanese management system appears ill-prepared to cope with this transition.

The Japanese View of Eastern Europe

During 1990 and 1991, mission after mission of Japanese business executives went to Eastern Europe to explore potential business opportunities. Prime Minister Kaifu and other Japanese political leaders also paid visits. By and large, Japanese businessmen concluded that in the next few years Eastern...

Removing the Barriers to Becoming a High Performance...

Two years ago, one of our clients, the international Morgain Group (not its real name) tried to implement its internal vision of the High Performance Business. Having analyzed the sometimes conflicting needs of interested parties, Morgain had focused its efforts on improving crossfunctional...

Privatising Privatisation: The Czech Experience

As the dust begins to settle almost three years after the collapse of the Iron Curtain, the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic (often referred to as the C.S.F.R.) has emerged with what is arguably the boldest policy on privatisation among the former Eastern Bloc countries. Unlike Hungary, Poland,...

Process Thinking: Today's Path to Improved Performance

In the past, when a business was underperforming, its management selected from a set of traditional paths for improvement. They looked at specific functions or identified problem departments or concentrated on broken business units. For example, a company would take a function such as marketing and...

Industrial Renewal Through Regional Development

The dissolution of the centrally controlled political and economic system in Eastern Europe has led naturally to the regionalization of this part of the continent. National and - increasingly - regional (i.e., subnational) governments are assuming responsibility for fundamental political and...

The High Performance Business: Accelerating Performance...

Wouldn't you like your business to have:95 percent of its customers say they are highly satisfied with the products and services it provides?Its employees say that it's one of the best companies in the world to work for? Its growth rate exceed the average for its industry?Its return on equity in...

The Russian Republic: Issues and Opportunities

Jeffrey Sachs is currently leading a team of economic advisers to Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Frank Yans is a vice president of Arthur D. Little, Inc. This conversation took place on April 30 at Professor Sachs' home in Newton, Massachusetts.

Viewpoint The Message from Rio

The historic Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro - the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development - effectively demonstrated to the world the magnitude of the challenge we face. Those of us who represented industry and government in Rio, like the many delegates and environmentalists who...