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    Image of Design to Grow

    How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale & Agility (and How You Can Too)

    by Linda Tischler, David Butler

    David Butler and Linda Tischler share the successes and failures of Coca-Cola as this large, global company learned to use design to create both scale and agility. Regardless of size or industry, the same approach, which is presented in a clear and actionable way, can be used successfully by other businesses.

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    Image of What Really Works

    The 4+2 Formula for Sustained Business Success

    by Bruce Roberson, William Joyce, Nitin Nohria

    What really works? Today’s managers realize all too painfully that many, many things matter in achieving business success, but few of them can tell you much more than what worked for them. The authors of What Really Works conducted a 10-year study that turned 50 academics and business consultants loose on dozens of companies, looking for the answer to that elusive mystery — What really works? From that study emerged the 4+2 Theory, which provides the correct combination of primary and s

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    Managing Your Company's Internal Labor Markets for Lasting Competitive Advantage

    by Dave Kieffer, Richard R. Guzzo, Jay Doherty, Haig R. Nalbantian

    According to Haig R. Nalbantian, Richard A Guzzo, Dave Kieffer and Jay Doherty, principals of Mercer Human Resource Consulting, a new, fact-based science of human capital management has emerged that is based on systems thinking, determining the correct facts about an organization, and focusing on value. With this new way of managing human capital, executives can use their human capital to its full advantage by aligning the human capital strategy with the business strategy and finally allowing st

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  • Image of The Future of Competition
    Image of The Future of Competition

    Co-Creating Unique Value with Customers

    by CK Prahalad, Venkat Ramaswamy

    In a world of infinite choice, instant gratification, and unbounded opportunities for innovation, why, ask University of Michigan Business School professors C.K. Prahalad and Venkat Ramaswamy, are companies still unable to satisfy customers or sustain growth and profitability? The answer lies in the evolving role of the customer in the value creation process. No longer do customers receive value through the purchase of products and services alone. Instead, the authors explain, individual custome

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    Controlling Uncertainty in Product Development

    by Guy M. Merritt, Preston G. Smith

    Proactive Risk Management offers product development teams a plan with which they can enhance their management of project risks by identifying risks early and managing them to diminish disruption throughout the project. Using a practical, easy-to-use, fact-based approach, it will help developers manage all the risks associated with a project. Although this process is tailored to commercial product development, it is applicable to many other types of projects with some adaptation.

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    Avoiding the Blunders and Traps That Lead to Debacles

    by Paul C. Nutt

    For more than 20 years, Ohio State University Professor Paul C. Nutt has studied how decisions are made and has written extensively about what works, what doesn’t and why. His key finding in all this work is startling: Decisions fail half of the time. Organizations spend vast sums of money and commit significant amounts of resources without realizing any benefits. Nutt writes that failures can be traced to three blunders and seven traps that ensnare decision makers; avoiding these blunders and t

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  • Image of The Heart of Change
    Image of The Heart of Change

    Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations

    by John P. Kotter, Dan S. Cohen

    While most companies believe change happens by making people think differently, that isn’t the case. Instead, according to John Kotter and Dan Cohen, change happens when you make people feel differently. You have to appeal more to the heart than the mind. The authors offer a new dynamic — the “see-feel-change” dynamic that fuels action by showing people potent reasons for change that spark their emotions. Built around the eight steps of change first introduced in Kotter’s bestseller...

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