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See below for a selection of the latest books from Business strategy category. Presented with a red border are the Business strategy books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Business strategy books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Supply Chain Management a guide to best practice

Supply Chain Management a guide to best practice

Author: Andrew Cox, Paul Ireland, Chris Lonsdale, Joe Sanderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2020

In the last ten years, a revolution has occurred in the way in which companies manage their business strategy and its operational delivery. Called Supply Chain Management (SCM), it is a strategic business model that has been developed in response to increasing global competitive pressures. Many companies have already chosen to outsource all non-essential activities (transforming them from fixed to variable costs), to re-focus on their core competencies. And while this type of outsourcing plays well with investors in the short-term, the solution that it offers is only a temporary one - unless it is accompanied by a robust SCM strategy. This is because much of the value offered by companies to their customers is generated externally by the company's suppliers. So, if the company is unable to manage or develop its suppliers or if the suppliers fail to perform, the company's performance is affected too. Evidence suggests that for those firms who are prepared to develop SCM strategies, the payback in terms of competitive advantage and cost reduction can be considerable. In recent years, companies as diverse as IBM, Wal-Mart, Toyota and Dell have all undergone nothing short of a supply chain revolution and today, all regard supply chain management as an essential part of their overall business strategy. This briefing offers a practical working guide to help you and your organisation implement a robust and effective supply chain management approach. Extensive case study material illustrates what should - and should not - be done so that strategic and operational targets can be achieved. This briefing discusses the six key steps in effective SCM: Focus on core competencies Outsource all non-core competencies Align demand and supply: consolidate all similar activities into category management Rationalise the supply base and create strategic alliances with key suppliers Develop long-term supply chain relationships and optimise through e-business technology Undertake proactive supplier and supply chain development

Strategic Valuation of Companies A Practical Guide

Strategic Valuation of Companies A Practical Guide

Author: Alan, PhD Gregory Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2020

As the pressure to focus on shareholder returns increases it is essential that CEO's, business managers, financial managers and analysts have the necessary understanding and skills to ensure their actions are producing the appropriate returns. This bestselling briefing - revised and updated in a new edition - enables you to calculate value effectively. It provides a systematic and reliable means to assess the potential for value creation in a range of circumstances. Covering the latest valuation techniques alongside traditional models, it illustrates their relative advantages and disadvantages with the use of case studies throughout. By applying these models, the risk involved in corporate decision-making can be significantly reduced. The new edition updates and extends the first edition to incorporate recent developments in this field. Revisions and additions include the complex issue of how to value technology companies; accounting standards; asset-based valuations; book and market values; and cross-border valuations. Contents include: Introduction Review of traditional valuation models and their contemporary operationalisation Fundamental DCF models The cost of capital in DCF models Forecasting free cash flows and calculating horizon value Contemporary methods for operationalising the FCF method Additional factors in valuation for takeovers and mergers Value added through flexibility

The Blendification System Activating Potential by Connecting Culture, Strategy, and Execution

The Blendification System Activating Potential by Connecting Culture, Strategy, and Execution

Author: Daniel M. Bruder Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/04/2020

The Blendification System is the intentional actions taken to activate potential by connecting culture, strategy, and execution. These three components (culture, strategy, and execution) of the organization are broken down and built up in the Blendification System creating a path to realize maximum potential. Think of the impact if your organization's strategy was developed and integrated into the company's operating DNA creating the foundation for an energizing, engaging, and inspiring culture. The Blendification System is based on the belief that our human potential is more substantial and meaningful than we presently comprehend. Collectively, an organization's potential is exponentially greater than the level at which most are operating today. Unfortunately, workplace organizations have been stuck in second gear and do not embrace and pursue their potential. Companies have been focused on corporate missions that point to market dominance and profit as the foundational motivation. While these mission and vision statements can create a clear organizational focus and align employees, they leave us short of realizing our human and organizational potential. With the Blendification System, employees' work becomes strategically significant creating the motivation to execute on meaningful outcomes that become intertwined in the fabric of the company building and reinforcing an exceptional culture. Because workplace organizations influence and impact employees' personal lives, the company then becomes the catalyst for growth for employees, customers, and communities. The Blendification System is not a theory-based book or a book full of philosophical concepts. The only theory in this book (which is also supported by research) is that we can accomplish much more in our lives than we are accomplishing today.

Growth IQ Master the 10 Paths to Grow Your Business

Growth IQ Master the 10 Paths to Grow Your Business

Author: Tiffani Bova Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2020

The Wall Street Journal Top Ten Bestseller: The 10 strategies to sustainable growth, based on a purpose-led culture for all businesses. 'A worthy successor to Michael Porter, Bova's book is that rare gift: it opens doors for new ideas and new actions. No glib answers here, simply hard-won wisdom that will provoke big changes for organizations large and small.' - Seth Godin, author of Linchpin Tiffani Bova, the Growth and Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce, draws on her expertise as a consultant and practitioner to devise a new framework for business leaders looking to pursue growth. We're witnessing an age of endless customization, and growth strategy is no exception. There's no one size fits all strategy; a winning strategy for one business may spell doom for another. In Growth IQ, Bova determines that there are ten simple - but easily misunderstood - growth paths, and explains how companies can get a handle on their particular business context, and use it to determine the right combination and sequence of growth paths to take them into the future. Bova breaks down the strategies deployed by a wide range of companies to show you how: * GE and John Deere have lasted over a century and continue to thrive by combining their strategy of innovative product development with a renewed focus on R&D and customer experience. * Marvel transformed from a struggling comic book publisher to a global entertainment behemoth by realigning their market penetration strategy to focus on comic book characters, instead of just comic books. * Gateway's attempt at market expansion into brick-and-mortar retail led to its failure, while the same move by Apple has accelerated its growth. Whether your company is on a growth spurt, in a worrying stall, or showing signs of decline, Growth IQ is your map to charting the course of your company's future.

The Development of China's Information Resource Industry Theory and Evaluation

The Development of China's Information Resource Industry Theory and Evaluation

Author: Huiling Feng, Guojun Zhao, Minghui Qian Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/04/2020

The industrialization of information resources has been a growing trend across the world in recent years, especially in China, where the information resource industry (IRI) has expanded exponentially for over more than a decade. While analysing the development conditions of China's IRI, this book clearly defines the implications and strategic value of the industry, summarizes basic IRI theories, and clarifies the history of its development and special regional characteristics within the Chinese context. Drawing on the statistics and measurement of various economic indicators of IRI, the authors propose four stages of development: a germination period; an initial development period; a subsequent rapid development period; and lastly, a steady development period. At the same time, the book draws upon various theoretical models such as the Dynamic Resource Triangle model, the Information Resource Industrial Symbiosis model, the value chain model and the explanation model of information consumption in order to shed light on IRI's elements and the optimization of its management. In addition, the authors present the Information Resource Industry Development Index (IRIDI) to evaluate IRI's development in different provinces and cities across Mainland China and monitor its dynamics from the point of view of industrial value and the external environment. While the book lays a solid theoretical foundation for the growth of China's IRI, it will also give international readers a clear picture of China's emerging industries in the current era.

Modern Metaphors of Christian Leadership Exploring Christian Leadership in a Contemporary Organizational Context

Modern Metaphors of Christian Leadership Exploring Christian Leadership in a Contemporary Organizational Context

Author: Joshua D. Henson Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/04/2020

This book explores contemporary metaphors of leadership from a biblical or church historical perspective. It seeks to understand the cultural, social, and organizational metaphors from the Bible and the implications for contemporary organizations. Addressing issues such as communication, mentorship, administration, motivation, change management, education, and coaching, the authors explore concepts related to both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. This book will be a valuable addition to the leadership literature in showing how biblical leadership principles can be used in contemporary organizations.

Strategic Management in the Maritime Sector A Case Study of Poland and Germany

Strategic Management in the Maritime Sector A Case Study of Poland and Germany

Author: Michael Roe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

First published in 1999, this volume explores port strategic management in Poland and Germany. It is part of the Plymouth Studies in Contemporary Shipping series represents a unique collection of papers and edited texts from the leading maritime institute in Western Europe at the University of Plymouth. It covers all aspects of the industry from operations through to the logistical framework that supports the sector. Designed both for practising academics and the shipping and ports industry itself, the series, combining the output for some of the leading academic commentators in the world from the UK, Korea, Germany and Poland, is an original and novel contribution to the maritime debate.

Platform Strategy: A New Paradigm For A Changing World

Platform Strategy: A New Paradigm For A Changing World

In the last century, we have witnessed the rise of a new kind of company, one that leverages on a new business model - the platform.Though platform companies are very common, they can take extremely diverse forms in today's business landscape. People use the term 'platform' to mean many different things. Managers are often confused about which is platform business and which is not. When it comes to platform strategy, things become even more complicated.Using real world examples, this book acts as a primer for platform strategy, discussing the underlying mechanism of various types of platform models to help people understand what platform business is and what they can do with it. Theories and frameworks appropriate for understanding platform business are introduced and related cases follow to support readers' understanding. The diverse and international case studies analysed range from IBM's horizontal production platform, to the digital platform of China's breakout smartphone star, Xiaomi.This book will not only enable readers to understand platform business, but also teach them how to harness these frameworks to build effective strategies for their own platform business pursuits.

Achieving Successful Business Outcomes Driving High Performance & Effective Transformations in a Continuously Evolving Business Environment

Achieving Successful Business Outcomes Driving High Performance & Effective Transformations in a Continuously Evolving Business Environment

Author: Alok K. Sinha Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/03/2020

Navigating in space is exponentially more difficult than navigating on the road - because there are too many directions to investigate, too many unknowns to be prepared for and infinite pathways to chart in the galactic system. So, it is with business. Business environments are extremely demanding and change continuously, precipitated by an innumerable number of actors and conditions. Business success can no more be predicated on the pedigree of a leader or a prescribed theory alone and the startups have amply proven this. Large companies have tried to copy the nimble-footed startups while startups after achieving a certain size have been forced to adopt unchartered path. Disruptions seems to be the order of the day. Achieving Successful Business Outcomes is about achieving successful business outcomes. Just like an aircraft has a rich dashboard of dials but only a critical few need to be monitored continuously while other subsets warrant attention only during specific phases of the flight, a well modelled business can be managed successfully using a similar strategy. But the larger question is how to model a business, with closely correlated variables, that represents the reality of the environment and allows devising, formulating and adjusting business strategy and actions in real-time. The author uses a simple but well-researched STA-Triangle (Space, time and action) model to achieve this purpose. The core of the STA Model is to help navigate effectively in a rapidly changing business environment. Unlike traditional business studies that use a single lens to define business rules or organizational practices, it uses the combination of space, time and action as the driver of outcomes - something fundamental and core to human thinking across the ages. This book contains both theoretical and practical applications, the former that can help propel further research and analysis, while the latter can help practicing leaders to drive their firms forward, confidently, in any environmental conditions. It will also help causal readers to understand how the future is evolving and how different organizations are responding to this change. The author includes more than a hundred supporting case studies and tools that help create highly incisive and unique views for calibrating strategy and execution.

The Bezos Letters 14 Principles to Grow Your Business Like Amazon

The Bezos Letters 14 Principles to Grow Your Business Like Amazon

Author: Steve Anderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2020

Amazon is the fastest company ever to reach $100 billion in sales and they didn't reach that landmark by staying in their comfort zone. Risk taking is the key that unlocked the door to growth at Amazon, but those risks were (and are) intentional, calculated, and strategic. Thomas Edison believed, I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. and Amazon's founder, Jeff Bezos, has always linked experimentation and failure with growth and success. But risk taking can be costly (even disastrous) if you don't know how to use it to your advantage. Fortunately, Bezos has provided every business owner a hidden in plain sight roadmap for how he grew Amazon through his Letter to Shareholders (or as he named them, share owners) that he has written annually for the past 20 years. For the first time, Technology and Risk expert Steve Anderson has analyzed and distilled these letters to reveal the key 14 Growth Principles that unlock the lessons, mindset, and steps Bezos has used to make Amazon the massive success it is today. Now, business owners, leaders, CEOs, employees, and managers can apply these same principles to grow their business to be more efficient, productive, and successful - fast!

Football Betting Title

Football Betting Title

Author: Anonymous Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/03/2020

Non-fiction title coming in Spring 2020. More information coming soon.