Triggered by a discussion with a friend yesterday on the dynamics of wholesaling and how managing gross margin is key to its profitability I made a graph to further explain [...]
Words are vehicles of notions. When carelessly or casually used single words can lead to the failure of many a project for it will not create the same understanding and knowledge by the people involved.
As (value chain) models are simplistic representations of reality chances are not enough understanding is passed on. But misconceptions can be pretty harmful. Example: 4 corner model: banks created blind spot for changes in the value chains of their customers.
A value chain model does not show the real dynamics and tensions in the chain! The trick is to contemplate about the value chain from the functions and roles that are to be taken care off.
Many years ago in a contribution to a corporate strategy I postulated payments should be redefined to the “transfer of property rights”. At that time smart metering for utilities and [...]
In the early stages of Red Planet Dust I posted on my views on strategy and decision making in companies regularly. With Collaborability becoming more prevalent at Red Planet Dust [...]
Some of today's technological and economical trends culminate in the battle between Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Samsung and some of the other well known tech giants. I have been following [...]
The relevance, let alone the power of standardization is only understood by a limited degree - if at all - by most companies. Even companies that are totally dependent on [...]
Mitigating one of the deficiencies of a blog - no moderated overview is provided on subjects spanning several posts - the concept of a "Summary Post" is introduced. I will [...]
One of the recurring topics at Red Planet Dust is about my views on "strategy". I have summarised my growing list of posts on the subject here. I was determined [...]
For those who use Dropbox it is synonymous with seamless file synching and sharing over multiple devices. Mailbox is a very recently launched email-client - Gmail centric for the time [...]
Often I hear business managers solely talk about the "WHAT"-part of their envisioned strategy, the easy part. "Team we have a new strategy! We want to set up a base-camp [...]
To describe the type of market(s) a company is operating in it is very common to use the B2B or B2C distinction. But is this distinction the right one to [...]
Often the economic contribution from marketplaces and wholesalers (as a subcategory of marketplaces who act as middleman taking control and often even ownership of the products: e.g. eBay is a [...]
In an earlier post I indicated to have been following the "clash of the tech-titans" for some time now. I do this with a mixture of personal interest - I [...]
The payments landscape is characterised by profound fragmentation, getting worse everyday. In payments, especially in Europe, regulators and banks have successfully tried to prevent fragmentation for decades. But the spirit [...]
As Sharon Jayson of USA Today reports University of Cambridge researchers predicted race, age, IQ, sexuality, personality, substance use and political views using Likes alone using a dataset of more [...]
IBM CEO Rometty says that "Big Data Are the Next Great Natural Resource": “With this emergence of big data and social mobility, you will in fact see the death of [...]
A number of contemporary technological and economic trends culminate in the fierce battle between Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung and a few other of these tech giants. I have been following [...]
The article America's Real Criminal Element: Lead by Mother Jones is highly recommended. There is an explanation for the development of crime from an unexpected angle. (Read!) What I find [...]
[Translation] Regularly I attend meetings where somebody suggests to describe how the world will look like in about 5 to 10 years. This is seen as an important step in [...]
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler" (Einstein) “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler” (Einstein) This is my favourite Einstein quote, [...]
[Translation 16-05-13] "Strategy" is to understand the coherence of things to such an extend that a company can make the right choices on precisely those decisions that will have effects [...]