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Too Busy to Innovate

I've begun to wonder if the concept of innovation in large corporation is an exercise in pointless navel gazing. And no, this isn't another bashing of brainstorming, or a recent conversion based on my experiences with faulty innovation logic. No, the challenge to innovation is based on the recent development of a core strength: focus, efficiency, time management.

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Microsoft ReOrg – Crafty or Confusing?

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer appears to be planning a major reorganization. The apparent objective is to help the company move toward becoming a "devices and services company" as presented in the company's annual shareholder letter last October. But, the question for investors is whether this is a crafty move that will help Microsoft launch renewed profitable growth, or is it leadership further confusing customers and analysts while leaving Microsoft languishing in stalled markets?

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Dell – Take the Money and Run! Innovation Trumps Execution

Michael Dell has put together a hedge fund, one of his largest suppliers and some debt money to take his company, Dell, Inc. private. There are large investors threatening to sue, claiming the price isn't high enough. While they are wrangling, small investors should consider this privatization manna from heaven, take the new, higher price and run to invest elsewhere - thankful you're getting more than the company is worth.

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The Jolt to Best Buy

Poor financial performance is a shock to the system; it rumbles marketing plans and shakes the innovation strategy and pipeline. Best Buy retail and web sales fell 2.4% versus last year and shareholders have lost more than half of their value over the past five years. The company is now in the throws of reinventing how it goes to market as fast as it can.

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Innovation and Strategic Exhaustion

I write today about a beloved company – Hewlett-Packard (HP), and all that it has meant to my life. One of my first consumer electronic purchases was an HP calculator, and as a young engineer fresh out of college we were regaled with the history of HP: born in a garage, during a depression, making excellent products. The HP story ...

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Are Sustaining Innovations Expensive?

The cost of Defend & Extend – Microsoft, Apple, Google, IBM, Cisco, Dell, HP by Adam Hartung In theory, Sustaining Innovations that help a company Defend & Extend its products are supposed to be cheap. The breakthrough is done, and the investments on variations, derivatives and enhancements are “engineering” as opposed to “science” so the development is supposedly more easily ...

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What business are you in?

Overcoming Identity – Apple & HP by Adam Hartung “What business are you in?” is one of the most common business questions asked. People usually want a simple answer, like “I make widgets” or “I provide widget services.” A simple answer allows people to easily cubbyhole the business, and remember what it does. And many think it provides for a ...

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