Month: October 2010

Abductive Thinking

I was given as a birthday present, a ticket to the 2011 Design Indaba in Cape Town. I have only heard good things about the Indaba and am looking forward to attending. I have long been interested in how design thinking and business relate. This is not a new relationship. Way back in 1950s Thomas Watson… Read more »

Assumptions to Knowledge

I am currently participating in the initial planning phase of a new business venture with a company I have previously done some consulting work for. While the early phase conceptualisation is exciting it also fraught with tons of planning challenges, typically caused by padding your plans with well thought out assumptions.  Having been here a… Read more »

Competing on Competencies

I attended a 2 day course at the Gordon Institute of Business entitled Competing on Competencies.  The process was 80% case study based which allowed for the sharing of divergent views and thus insightful debate. Great for learning.  The course drew on the Resource-Based View (RBV) of Strategy school of thought which I am particularly… Read more »

Strategy and Business Models

Read a 2002 Harvard Business Review article by Joan Magretta titled Why Business Models Matter.  In the article she states “Today, “business model” and “strategy” are among the most sloppily used terms in business; they are often stretched to mean everything—and end up meaning nothing” I think this is still true today. Mark W. Johnson,… Read more »