Much of the present debate over outsourcing is driven by focusing only on a portion of the entire capitalist business model … greater profitability leads to enhanced innovation, training, and education which drive the creation of higher paying new jobs, which drive the next wave of economic growth. Economically our faith has to be with capitalism, and politically our commitment has to be with the engines of innovation and education that allow workers to move up the ladder.
Seven obstacles to successful business planning.
The competitive advantages found in modern corporations, non-profit organizations, and even governmental agencies are increasingly determined by the strategic readiness of their intangible assets. Typically, an organization’s physical assets, such as machinery, finished goods inventory, or cash are immediately deployable in most situations. However, intangible assets present new challenges in terms of how responsively they can be deployed for business purposes.
Smaller companies, with local and regional markets, often accept the dominance of large, national brands in their marketplace. All too often they assume that good branding and targeted marketing is either too complex or too expensive to be within their reach.
With the dawn, during the mid 1990s, of the Age of Intellectual Capital, came the realization that the real wealth in the modern enterprise is located in the intangible assets of that enterprise and not in the “traditional (tangible) assets” such as real estate, plant, equipment, inventory, cash, and the like.
The brand has become a strategic business concern for every senior corporate executive and board member. With increased global competition, it has become essential for leaders in every industry sector, from commodities to consumers packaged goods, to understand the theory and practice of the successful deployment of brands.