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Produced to price

For many people the role of manufacturing industry is an emotional issue rather than an economic one - meet the manufacturing fetishists.

Passes and returns

Dalglish arrives at Newcastle and Horlick moves to ABN Amro. The common theme: do teams, or individuals, capture the returns to outstanding performance?

What’s in a name?

What is a brand? Sometimes it is a quality certificate and sometimes, simply part of the product itself. It matters which.

Happy combination

Core competencies is one of the most used and abused phrases in business strategy. But a proper understanding of the idea behind the jargon is essential

Of fortunes and foresight

Will the dominant firms of the next century be the ones that show foresight and react quickly? Many of the best companies work simply by doing traditional business very, very well.

Globalisation of the skies

Many firms have aspirations to “go global”, but this unanimity disguises both differences and confusion.

Clear thinking muddied by competitiveness

We would do better to stop talking about competitiveness. It seems only to get in the way of clear thinking.

The Structure of Strategy (Business Strategy Review 1993)

"The Structure of Strategy" is a summary of parts of my book, "The Foundations of Corporate Success", and was reprinted in "The Business of Economics"

Adding Value: April 1993

There are four perspectives on corporate performance and four ways of measuring capital costs. But in the long run, all these ways of measuring financial performance are equivalent. The different vantage points differ only in their timing.

Economics and Business: 1990

Economics has never been more relevant to business problems. The two key groups of question of interest to businessmen - the internal organization of the firm and its relationship between its suppliers and customers, and the nature of strategic interactions between small groups of firms - are clearly on the agenda of modern economics in a manner which has not been true for most of the last century.

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