Topic: Strategy

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The Sustainability Challenge: Ecological and Economic Development

Imagine picking up a newspaper and reading that the country’s largest petroleum company has petitioned the government to increase the gasoline tax at the …

Systems Thinking: What, Why, When, Where, and How?

If you’re reading The Systems Thinker®, you probably have at least a general sense of the benefits of applying systems thinking in the work-place.

Breaking the Cycle of Organizational Addiction

Every so often in the world of business, we see an enterprise that, after years of steady progress and growth, suddenly experiences a drastic …

Modeling “Soft” Variables

When encountering system dynamics modeling for the first time, sharp-minded managers often ask, “How can you have any confidence in your model if you …

Leanness

Corporations today face many pressures to become “lean.” Unfortunately, most people also attach “mean” to lean, which can lead us to confuse leanness with …

From Key Success Factors to Key Success Loops

Many of us are familiar with the following drill: Corporate pushes a new program, and each department must come up with its own plans …

From Event Thinking to Systems Thinking

Your division has been plagued by late launches in its last five new products, and now management has charged you with “getting to the …

The “Living” Company: Extending the Corporate Lifeline

In the 1970s, diversification was the rage. But by the early 1980s, serious doubts had surfaced in the Shell Group about the wisdom of …

Stamped Out: Are Postage Costs Getting out of Control?

When Marvin T. Runyon took over the US Postal Service in 1992… He announced plans to slash layers of management and an early retirement …