The Courage to Change Before You Have To

July 7, 2016
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By John Sviokla, PwC, Head of Global Thought Leadership  In January, GE announced plans to move its headquarters from Fairfield, Conn., to Boston. The move to the Seaport District, the city’s innovation hub, is symbolic of the digital transformation the 123-year-old company has undertaken. Central to GE’s transformation plan is the decision to integrate its software […]

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Avoiding the Adjacency Trap

March 3, 2016
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by Kim Greenwood, PwC, Director, Strategy and Gerald Adolph, PwC, Senior Partner, Strategy Every business seeks sustainable growth, yet very few are able to achieve it. According to PwC’s 2016 US CEO Survey, CEOs foresee pressure on the top line in 2016. Only 33% are ‘very confident’ in revenue growth during the next 12 months, compared […]

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Do you know disruptive innovation when you see it?

February 25, 2016
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Breathe the words “disruptive innovation” and you’ll attract a captivated crowd. Take, for example, the recent Kellogg on Growth Forum hosted at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Students flooded the auditorium to hear PwC Partner Alex Kandybin explain that executives are overusing the term. The danger is that executives will fail to recognize and respond […]

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Why the West must embrace frugal and reverse innovation

February 10, 2016
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by Surajit Kar, Stimulator of Innovation @ PwC Increasingly, Western companies are viewing Asia through a new lens—as a source of innovation and talent, not just a supplier of low-cost materials or a market for Western products. As the balance of economic power shifts to Asia, two closely linked innovation operating models that blossomed in […]

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To launch disruptive innovation, head East

January 26, 2016
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by Alex Kandybin, Partner at Strategy& (Formerly Booz & Company) In a business world that’s become truly global, successful companies are locating their operations, R&D, sales, marketing, and other critical functions wherever in the world they can create the most value. Increasingly, that means doing business in Asia. According to PwC’s Global Innovation 1000 study, […]

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Synchronizing operations to bring the business strategy to life

December 15, 2015
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by Brad Householder, principal at PwC and Rodger Howell, principal at PwC’s Strategy&  Today’s leading companies are reimagining their operations to create customer experiences that competitors can’t copy. These companies tightly align operations to business strategy while continuing to drive profitability and growth. PwC’s 2015 Global Operations survey reveals that companies that align operations with business […]

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How to bring a fail-fast culture to a slow-move company

December 1, 2015
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by Mary Lyons There’s a lot of talk these days about how failure is not just fine, but fantastic. Tech companies famously tout “fail fast”-style mantras. One of Facebook’s guiding principles is ‘Done is better than perfect.’ Many a startup founder is known for having built failed companies before finding long-term success. The philosophy of […]

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When the growing gets tough, the tough get growing

September 21, 2015
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by Jeffrey Hesse, Principal Successful businesses continuously draw upon their strengths – and their people – for new growth. How do you describe the strengths of your business now? How would you describe the strengths that you’ll likely need in a year? …In a few years? And how do these strengths translate into the skills your people […]

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CFO: Chief navigator for growth

April 28, 2015
CFO Chief navigator for growth

by Anand Rao More than any recent shift in the finance function, the use of data analytics gives CFOs the power to stop facing backwards (at the income statement, balance sheet, and other standard reports) and instead, get a near real-time view of the company’s current performance and, even better, the ability to peer into […]

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Five Steps for the CFO to Begin Driving Growth

Five Steps for the CFO to Drive Growth December 9, 2014

  By Gary Apanaschik and Mike Boyle For the past decade, companies have had to contend with a series of large-scale macroeconomic disruptions, and their associated pressures on costs and earnings.  Now, as the US economy continues to recover from the recession and the global economy seeks ways to jumpstart growth, companies can turn their […]

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