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Benefiting from NAFTA: New Opportunities in North America

A rather experienced Mexican president, Porfirio Diaz – he was in office 36 years – portrayed his nation's basic attributes in the following way: "Pobre México, tan lejos de Dios, tan cerca de los Estados Unidos." ("Poor Mexico, so far from God, so near the United States.") It's this basic fact of...

Emerging Technologies: A Novel Approach to Envisioning...

Just beyond the typical business time horizon are significant new technologies that will change our lives. These emerging technologies, not yet fully realized and still outside the arena of competition, will create enormous opportunities – and huge threats. Each of these technologies tends to be 10...

Transnational Corporations and Global Environmental Policy

Ten years ago, "environmental" was not a very important word in the business lexicons of most transnational companies. Today, many of these companies have made superior environmental performance a worldwide priority. They express their commitment in written environmental policies and manage...

Product and Technology Management: Learning to Juggle in...

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A Prism Primer Protecting Intellectual Property

Recent news items underscore the effective use of intellectual property to protect and enhance an organisation's competitive position. Despite the critical importance of intellectual property, few companies really understand what it is, how various laws and regulations work to protect it, what...

Rooting Out the Causes of Inefficient Product Creation

In the decades ahead, successful companies will be those that can develop products with real customer value - and do so fast, consistently, and cost-effectively. Toward this end, most forward-thinking companies have taken initiatives to improve their product creation processes. Among their new...

Trust and Cooperation: The Payoff from a Great Place to Work

When Robert McDermott took over as CEO of USAA, he inherited an underperforming auto and casualty insurer that satisfied none of its major stakeholders - customers, owners, or employees. Service was often shoddy, and the turnover rate among its largely female clerical staff was nearly 50 percent a...

Realising the Power of Technology

Companies everywhere are concerned that the return on their investment in technology development (which includes R...

Building the Power Partnership: Some Rules of the Game for...

One of history's most remarkable organizational achievements is the large public enterprise governed by an independent board of directors. It has served society well for most of this century as an unrivaled creator of wealth, employment, social services, and benefits.

Strategic Technology Leveraging: Managing the Next...

As the costs and the risks of acquiring advanced technology have escalated, businesses have come under pressure to increase the value of their technology by accelerating the pace of its development and expanding its profitable application. This pressure is driving major changes in sourcing...