Monthly Archives: November 2010

Few transaction costs = easy group formation = new corporate risk

Corporations default to functional silos, despite the efforts of most to recognise the horizontal cross functional nature of processes, the things that gets stuff done. This is because in the past, you required hands to move things around, make calls, … Continue reading

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What next for “Free”?

As the marginal cost of transactions on the web approaches zero, more and more stuff is “free” . When something is given, the  act of giving usually sets up a dynamic of “obligation” on the part of the receiver. This … Continue reading

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Opposites attract?

Only in physics, in personal relationships we seek common ground, people who under stand instinctively what we are saying and thinking, and who work the way we do. Collaborative teams  and alliances of many types often fail from the start … Continue reading

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Planning and politics.

The reluctance of the Federal Government to be transparent about the assumptions underpinning the investment in the NBN would fail the tests of due diligence most boards undertake when making a major commercial allocation of resources. As a cynical shareholder … Continue reading

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Innovation requires simplicity

Peter Drucker once said that innovation is the only sustainable competitive advantage, and most who have thought about it would agree. However, in most situations, this commitment to innovation tends to result in more and more potential products and technical … Continue reading

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Location of a consumers wallet

I am a member of three frequent flier programs, Qantas, Virgin and Singapore, and get frequent updates, offers, and spam from all three, all ignored. I know where and why my business is split, but they do not, and none … Continue reading

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Long term trends, short steps.

Innovation breakthroughs are rare, but the innovation that rewrites the rules of an industry is the focus of most management attention. Most  innovation activity, and the source of most value from innovation, comes in small steps, one day at a … Continue reading

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