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Technology Predictions for 2013 – The Year of Going Vertical

Technology Predictions for 2013 – The Year of Going Vertical | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

In a mature consumer market, being vertical is simply the most sustainable model–if executed properly– by way of differentiation, competitive advantage, and a host of other long term strategic reasons. Many parallel industries and the vertical nature of the businesses in them point the way for this reality.

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The Revolution in Private Sector Intelligence | CTI Summit 2016

Threat intelligence is a hot topic, but the hype obscures a revolution which extends beyond the latest Silicon Valley venture-backed tech unicorn. This movement is powered by the combination of social media, ubiquitous cameras, low-cost digital satellite imagery, and a mix of former intelligence professionals and enthusiastic hobbyists. Together these forces are driving a revolution in private sector intelligence,

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China on the Way to Becoming a Global Innovator

China on the Way to Becoming a Global Innovator | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

As part of the transformation of the Chinese economy, attested by many recent news, China is fast transitioning from low cost manufacturing to a higher value innovation-led economy. This article looks at this momentous transition

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Revisiting ROI on competitive intelligence

Revisiting ROI on competitive intelligence | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

A new study on use of competitive intelligence in organisations confirms that there is significant return on investment in CI.Very few if any organisations have found reliable ways to measure the ROI on competitive intelligence activities. However, competitive intelligence teams do need to establish their value in helping the organisation meet its business objectives to justify their very existence. a quantitative study published in the HBR by none other than Benjamin Gilad and Leonard Fuld, leading authorities in competitive intelligence today.

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Taming the Beast – How to Build and Maintain a Large Scale Market Intelligence System

Taming the Beast – How to Build and Maintain a Large Scale Market Intelligence System | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Building a corporate wide Competitive Intelligence system for a large organization can be a daunting task and should be planned carefully. However, when executed properly you can significantly increase your ROI.

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Study: Firms with More Women in the C-Suite Are More Profitable

Study: Firms with More Women in the C-Suite Are More Profitable | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

According to a survey of nearly 22,000 companies around the world. We found that these figures matter to the bottom line. When we examined the profitable firms in our sample (average net margin of 6.4%), we found that going from having no women in corporate leadership (the CEO, the board, and other C-suite positions) to a 30% female share is associated with a one-percentage-point increase in net margin — which translates to a 15% increase in profitability for a typical firm.

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The first question to ask in your CI information strategy is...

The first question to ask in your CI information strategy is... | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

What content should be published and by whom? The first key question to ask when defining your Competitive Intelligence (CI) information strategy is what information to include in order to satisfy the intelligence and knowledge requirements of the organization.  Content can either be acquired by external sources or internal publishers, so both these providers should be considered.

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Stratfor has 11 chilling predictions for what the world will look like in 10 years

Stratfor has 11 chilling predictions for what the world will look like in 10 years | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

In 2015, private-intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, published its Decade Forecast, in which it projects the next 10 years of global political and economic developments. While international analysts often try their hand at predicting the major events of the coming year, Stratfor believes that it's identified the major trends of the next decade.

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Significant change in the structure of the Economic Intelligence in France

This decree does not mean the end of Economic Intelligence, but rather a redeployment to strategic technologies, plus a focus on strategic  information. In addition to the functions related to territorial development are retained (accentuated role of prefects). There has also been a focus to the role of  companies that must build the capacity necessary to create actionable knowledge form  strategic information  and Competitive Intelligence.

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Forget the Elevator Pitch, Focus on the Tweet Pitch

Forget the Elevator Pitch, Focus on the Tweet Pitch | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Entrepreneurs fret over the 30-second “elevator pitch.” However, in 2016, entrepreneurs should focus more on their 140-character, one-line “tweet pitch.” The tweet pitch gives you just three seconds to make a first impression, to entice the audience to bother to read the next paragraph, or to click to see the details. Not enough of the one-liners are clear, succinct and to the point.

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Does where you’re from affect your leadership style?

Does where you’re from affect your leadership style? | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

By analysing reports on 1,500 senior executives, Gurnek Bains, from leadership consultancy YSC, was able to reveal their strengths and weaknesses. His team divided the data across regions and into different categories. As globalization continues apace, emotional intelligence about different cultures and practices is key. To lead a global team, technical knowledge and industry awareness is not enough: cross-cultural understanding is a must.

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The Four Critical Competencies Guiding Transformational Leadership

The Four Critical Competencies Guiding Transformational Leadership | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
What are the critical competencies needed to lead in our fast-changing business environment? This question was the focus of a study jointly conducted by the professional services firm Heidrick & Struggles and the University of Oxford Said Business School. The study was based on over 150 conversations with CEOs from a wide range of sectors around the world. Its findings were recently published in The CEO Report: Embracing the Paradoxes of Leadership and the Power of Doubt.
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Pushing the Boundaries of Predictive Analytics and the IoT - Sloan MIT

Pushing the Boundaries of Predictive Analytics and the IoT - Sloan MIT | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

What will happen to predictive analytics once everything is connected?

From sensing issues with turbine engines to identifying non-standard washing machine loads, predictive analytics are a given in the Internet of Things (IoT). This list looks at the future state of predictive analytics — including challenges — when everything is connected.

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Companies Are Reimagining Business Processes with Algorithms

Companies Are Reimagining Business Processes with Algorithms | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

With machine-reengineering, process changes are constant and driven not just by history but also by the predictive capabilities of machine-learning algorithms. Machine-reengineering asks that people train and actively manage the performance of the algorithms and data models that drive process change, rather than drive process change themselves.

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The ITC Flexes Its Trade Secrets Muscles Again

The ITC Flexes Its Trade Secrets Muscles Again | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The Federal Circuit has once again affirmed the ITC’s broad jurisdiction to investigate and, if necessary, remedy extraterritorial misappropriation of trade secretsBased on this and other recent decisions, it looks like the ITC will continue to be a significant forum for trade secret battles.

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Why a competitive analysis is the worst way to approach things in strategy

Why a competitive analysis is the worst way to approach things in strategy | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

competitive communication analyses, those decks full of competitors’ campaigns and other communications - trying to depict "how the market works" in terms of advertising and such. After having talked about the validity of the common reasons to do competitive analyses let me get to the actual reasons against investing much time in them. I can instantly think of the following two:

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Proof That Women Get Less Credit for Teamwork

Women are tenured at far lower rates than men in academia, and prior research has found that this can’t be fully explained by differences in productivity or family commitments. Sarsons’s paper suggests another reason: the promotion gap appears when women work in groups with men.


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Business Analytics & Intelligence Certificate, Mercyhurst Univeristy

Business Analytics & Intelligence Certificate, Mercyhurst Univeristy | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Business Analytics and Intelligence Graduate Certificate is a four course, twelve credit hour graduate certificate program. The certificate program is designed to enhance the skills of working professionals in the areas of data extraction, analysis, interpretation, and presentation to decision makers. The courses are sequential and build on each other.  The twelve graduate credits awarded through the certificate may be used to partially satisfy the degree requirements for the Master of Science degree in Applied Intelligence offered by the Mercyhurst University Institute for Intelligence Studies.

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Why Distinctive Customer Targeting Is a Smart Strategy

Why Distinctive Customer Targeting Is a Smart Strategy | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Don’t underestimate the power of choosing a unique definition of the customers your company will serve. These examples both illustrate an aspect of smart strategy that companies often overlook: choosing a unique definition of their target customer to gain a competitive edge or minimize head-to-head competition.

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Discovering the Value of the “Corporate” Entrepreneur - Kellogg Insight

Discovering the Value of the “Corporate” Entrepreneur - Kellogg Insight | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

successful intrapreneurship can bridge what he calls the “cultural chasm” between the leadership in established corporations and the entrepreneurs in their midst. It can also add tremendous value for both the parent company and new entity. But it is not always easy to pull off.

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The Antidote to HiPPOs: Crowd Voting

The Antidote to HiPPOs: Crowd Voting | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

In most organizations, authority for the most important strategic decisions is left to the highest-paid person’s opinion (HiPPO). But all too often, the HiPPO can prove to be wrong. HiPPOs are also responsible for misreading consumer trends at the Gap, Banana Republic, Nokia, and Blackberry. The truth is that HiPPOs aren’t intended to be ill-informed decisions. But relying on the judgement of one person or very few individuals is bound to lead to trouble.

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How to Build a Social Learning Community for Analytics and Insights Professionals

How to Build a Social Learning Community for Analytics and Insights Professionals

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Win Loss Programs: Why such a bitter pill for sales?

Win Loss Programs: Why such a bitter pill for sales? | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Despite the increasingly competitive nature of B2B selling and the desire by some executives to actively engage their firms in Win Loss initiatives, many sales teams do not welcome the addition of Win Loss programs to their organizations and, in fact, many sales reps actively resist such initiatives. The primary reason for this is uncertainty surrounding how Win Loss findings will be used.

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What sets great leaders apart from their peers?

What sets great leaders apart from their peers? | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

A 10-year longitudinal study on US business executives reveals what it is exactly that sets the most successful leaders apart from their peers.

Good decision-making skills, an understanding of one’s entire company, and a knowledge of the broader industry are all decent qualities for business leaders to have. But there’s another characteristic that can help make the difference between being a good CEO and being a great one. It’s a knack for building solid relationships.

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How To Track Your Competitors' Pricing Strategies and Use Them To Your Advantage

How To Track Your Competitors' Pricing Strategies and Use Them To Your Advantage | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

It comes as no surprise that when you’re operating in a crowded business landscape you need to pay attention to your competitors’ product offerings and pricing strategies. Even if you don’t have many direct competitors with your exact value proposition, you need to think in relation to your customers’ next viable alternative to your offering. If you’re not actively tracking the state of your industry, you can price yourself right into irrelevance.

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Don’t Be Mad About Promoting Mad Men (or Women) | Ivey Business Journal

Don’t Be Mad About Promoting Mad Men (or Women) | Ivey Business Journal | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

It’s perfectly understandable — even desirable — to want to reward exceptional workers, but owners and managers often believe that the only way they can reward employees is by promoting them to supervisory roles. This is not only not true, it is dangerous thinking..

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