Business Partnering to Improve Performance

Business partnering is the development of formal strategic relationships between independent companies to achieve better results than one could reach on its own.  The most common goal is to grow revenues and go-to-market capabilities.  Business partnering can also enable cost savings by pooling fixed and variable costs.

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MDG Success Event 23 Sept 2013

The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Success Event this Monday will review and renew the progress being made towards the eight international development goals agreed to by all 189 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations.

MDG Success Event: 23 September, 2013

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Smart Cities and Ecosystems

What if cities could talk?  What would they say about the way energy is managed?  Water?  Parking?  Traffic?  Public transportation?  What would the city tell us about its health care systems?  Educational institutions?  Municipal government?

What would the city tell us about its infrastructure?  Buildings?  Roads?  Bridges?  Electrical Grids?  Sewage systems?  Pollution?  Public safety? Parks? Connectivity and communications?

What about soft indicators such as human urban dweller well-being?  Quality of life?  Tolerance?  Diversity?  Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

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What makes a strategic alliance ‘strategic’?

What makes a strategic alliance ‘strategic’?

In a business context, partnerships and alliances are formal relationships in which two or more distinct companies decide to collaborate.  Why are some of these relationships deemed strategic alliances while others are simply conventional alliances or indirect sales channels? [Read more…]

Strategic alliances and open innovation

Strategic alliances and open innovation are topics of growing interest.  Innovation has always been a top concern for high performing organizations.  Innovation is often considered as the royal path to growth.  Open innovation is the wave of the future for all organizations, large and small, public and private enterprises.

What is open innovation and how does it link to strategic alliance development?

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Strategic Alliances and Tactical Partnerships

Strategic alliances and tactical partnerships are both good frameworks for collaboration.  But what do we mean by the terms ‘strategic alliances’ and ‘tactical partnerships’?  How are they similar and how are they different?

Semantics aside, usage really depends on the specific markets, what part of the world you are in and which organizations are doing the defining.

‘Strategic alliances’ is an often overused term to describe any and all forms of partnerships.  A strategy at its origin is a military term from the Greek language meaning generalship.  Today the common understanding of the term ‘strategy’ is a high level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty, over a period of time. [Read more…]