Ecosystems are the royal path to Sustainability

Ecosystems in nature are communities of living organisms, interacting with each other within a given environment.  These collaborative biological networks tend to evolve into symbiotic relationships enabling each organism to develop a sustainable place within the ecosystem.

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Humanist Values Trump All Others

Humanist values are universal and trump all others as an overriding principal of conduct in business relations.

As a strategic alliance expert who makes his living designing and optimizing international ecosystems, I often come across the issue of “cultural differences.”  How do we achieve maximum efficiency and optimal team work across vast areas of beliefs, education, behaviors and organizational structures? [Read more…]

Strategic Alliances and Member Firms

Member firm organizations are one form of strategic alliances which are becoming more prominent in the business world.  Member firms are loosely or tightly knit groups of companies which have chosen to come together to promote their common interests and to help each other to grow revenues and capabilities.

If one googles the term ‘member firms’ and toggles a bit, you can find interesting examples and applications of how individual companies are tied together in member firm organizations.  Some member firm organizations are going to market under a single, lead brand whereas others are connected under an endorsed brand.  Some are publicly touted as a single entity (like a corporation or a franchise) and others are happily united as members of a group of independents (like a business club or professional association). [Read more…]

Transnational Organizations

Transnational Organizations was a term we used extensively in the 90’s to put forth a different version of what it meant to “go global” or “become international.”  As a practitioner and a junior consultant, traveling the world to implement change management projects for large corporations (usually called Business Process Re-Engineering or Enterprise Resource Planning or Global Shared Services…), it was fascinating to see the different forms companies could take. [Read more…]

International solutions articulate the global-local model

International solutions which enable small to mid-sized companies to compete in a global economy are greatly enhanced by establishing strategic alliances across all geographies.  A firm’s ability to leverage the global-local model is often a key factor of its future success. [Read more…]