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Companies are not single entities that pass through a life cycle; they are composed of a portfolio of opportunities at different stages in the life cycle. There are no mature companies, only mature portfolios.

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Dominic Houlder

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5 lessons for leaders in turbulent times

London Business School Review

For many of today's corporate leaders, the current period of turbulence in everything from GDP growth and commodity prices to the pace of product innovation is more extreme than anything they have known before.

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How the fight for independence could be the death of your business

Forbes

Business history is replete with examples of companies that had it all: the hard assets, the skills, the strong market positions — and yet still lost their way.

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All hail medium term planning

Harvard Business Review

There is a chronological no-man's land that executives steer diligently clear of, as if it were a sort of Bermuda triangle.

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Corporate governance should combine the best of private equity and family firms

Harvard Business Review

The public corporation is typically bedeviled by the gap between managers' and shareholders' interests.

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4 hard questions to ask about your company's purpose

Harvard Business Review

Too many leaders today focus on the practicalities of what and how rather than the more distant and abstract question of why.

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Five lessons for leaders in turbulent times

London Business School

Tactics to help business leaders handle today's volatile economic climate.

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Business view: Corporate purpose isn't this

Faculty and Research

This article examines what corporate purpose is, and what it isn't, and what it means for in-house counsel.

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Four leadership tactics for professional service firms

Faculty and Research

Professional service firms, the 'outsiders' who need to foster trust from within to succeed, now have new and added pressures. They must adapt to a changing, more competitive world: leaders of such firms must employ four tactics.

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Winning in growth markets Developing collaborative ecosystems for success

Deloitte UK Futures

The growth of the global middle class across India, China and other fast growing economies is arguably the most important trend in the coming decades.

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Give Them the Full Story

Real IR

The flow of information from firms is a matter of demand and supply. Society requires companies to disclose information.

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The Professional Challenge

Business Strategy Review

Growth, globalisation and industrialisation are tempting strategies for professional service firms. But, warn Dominic Houlder and Peter Williamson, unless properly managed they can put at risk what made firms successful in the first place.

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Anchors in a Professional Storm

Business Strategy Review

Professional service firms - the ones traditionally hired to help other businesses - have increasingly found themselves in rough waters.

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How Companies Can Avoid a Midlife Crisis

MIT Sloan Management Review

The common perception is that companies, like people, pass through a series of life stages.
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How Companies Can Avoid a Midlife Crisis

LBS AlumniNews

The common perception is that companies, like people, pass through a series of life stages.

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Why business must innovate to succeed

CNN

Forget damage limitation. If businesses want to come out of the economic crisis as winners, now is the time for innovation.

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Firming up for tomorrow

Business Strategy Review

Professional services firms (PSFs) are those found in professions such as management consulting, finance, accountancy, law, media services, executive search, engineering and information technology.

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Business Transformation Process

SAP

Businesses must adapt to the new economy. The “Thought Leaders” are trying to figure out how.

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Do Your Commitments Match Your Convictions?

Harvard Business Review

People usually reassess their priorities only after some personal upheaval - an illness, a divorce, the loss of a job. But with the right framework, you can think through your preferences long before crisis strikes.

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