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Oh Professor Porter, whatever did you do?

Is it really so bad to be “stuck in the middle”? If you can master the art of the “shifting concept” you can make any idea stick.

Down-payment required to curb bid fever

We would be better off if executives involved spent more time minding the store, rather than negotiating to buy each other's stores - so here is a proposal to put sand in the wheels of the takeover machine.

An idea full of leaks

Privatisation is not valuable in and of itself – it is competition that counts. Although it has worked elsewhere, it has not and will not work in the water industry, because there is no scope for competition.

Challenging the robust and flexible plc

We are converging on the plc as the only form of economic organisation in the modern world. But this is not without costs - and it is because we are not giving viable alternatives any legal encouragement.

The root of the matter

Is there a difference between a “stakeholding” corporation and one focussed on shareholder value? Yes: by treating customers and employees as ends, not means, companies do well by doing good.

Poor odds on the takeover lottery

Second hand firms have something important in common with second hand cars. This explains why takeovers have tended to disappoint.

A question of clarity and certainty

Try formalising a dress code and you will understand the importance of informal, cultural regulation.

Father Christmas does not exist?

Father Christmas does not exist? Tell that to investors who seem unable to ask how much value certain business really add

Threats to Bill Gates and the internet

Can Microsoft maintain its dominance of the world computer market? Is there a long term future for the Internet unless it falls into the hands of a small group of firms?

Learning to define the core business

Ted Levitt’s challenge to “define what business you are in” was based in a fundamental confusion between industries and markets.

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