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A Conversation Scott Aviation Makes a Case for Outsourcing R&D

Scott Aviation is a leading U.S. supplier of protective respiratory devices and emergency oxygen equipment. Scott has recently experienced a significant turnaround in its performance, thanks to new product introductions. These new products were created both through internal efforts and through...
Healthcare & life sciences, Strategy

Accelerating Shared Learning for Business Results

Sharing best practices around the world.. .moving from bureaucracy to entrepreneurial enterprise.. .gaining authentic commitment at all levels.. .repositioning global organizations.. .these are the critical challenges facing modern corporations. How do they meet them and come out ahead of the pack...
Strategy

Environmental Performance and Business Success - The Electrolux Experience

"Environmental protection is a question of long–term survival for individuals, companies, and society. Activities must be adapted to nature's own limitations in terms of resource use and pollution. Environmental care must be a cornerstone in our operations and must characterize our daily work."Leif...
Strategy, Sustainability

Viewpoint Globalisation: Facing the Organisational Issues

Globalisation is posing unprecedented challenges to business organisations. For example, the Wall Street Journal (August 5, 1996) reports how "global" companies in many industries – automobiles, telecommunications, appliances, and others – are suffering like Hamlet: they cannot afford not to be in...
Strategy, Operations management

Structured Idea Management as a Value-Adding Process

In the book Product Juggernauts, Jean–Philippe Deschamps and Ranganath Nayak make a compelling argument for building and managing a world–class product creation process as a critical component of becoming a high–performance business. The process they outline begins with ideas. Many companies,...

Aligning Development Resources with Product Development Priorities for...

This article tells the true story of a company that was losing market share because its marketing, R&D, and manufacturing units were operating on three separate paths. The company redesigned its entire product development process, aligning business priorities with technological capabilities and...

Leading the Accelerating Organisation

A year ago, in the third quarter 1995 issue of Prism, we wrote about the need for organisations to learn to change and change to learn if they are to survive and thrive in an increasingly unpredictable future. We explored the challenge of integrating the "hard" and the "soft" views of organisation...

Rethinking the Environment for Business Advantage

Many business leaders have come to accept the validity of the message that environmental activists have been preaching for decades, namely, that industrial pollution of the environment is an inefficient use of resources that causes both environmental damage and economic losses. Despite this...

An Environmental Road Map for Entering Emerging Market!

As new market economies around the world take off, their environmental performance continues to lag far behind environmental leaders in North America, Western Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Even so, foreign companies and investors that have pioneered business ventures in these markets have...

ISO 14001: Is It for You?

The newest feature on the corporate environmental landscape is the emergence of voluntary standards for environmental management systems. The most prominent among these, because it is an international standard intended to harmonise potentially conflicting national or regional ones, is ISO 14001.