Das Dilemma der Kurzsichtigkeit – und wie Unternehmen langfristig überleben können

22. October 2012

Reinhard Bacher,22/10

Serie Realitätsverweigerung #2

Für viele Unternehmen wird der Druck immer größer, kurzfristige Erfolge nachzuweisen. Das liegt oft am (Geld-)Hunger von Investoren – egal, ob es nun darum geht, Dividenden auszuschütten, oder ob die „Braut geschmückt“ werden soll, um sie möglichst gut weiterverkaufen zu können. Es werden kaum noch Investitionen, die sich nicht in kurzer Zeit rechnen, getätigt. Dadurch geht vollkommen der Fokus auf eine nachhaltige Unternehmensentwicklung verloren.

Unternehmen müssen wieder beginnen, verstärkt in die Zukunft zu investieren. „Machen wir ohnehin!“ bekommen wir oft zu hören – „trotz finanzieller Schwierigkeiten haben wir unsere Investitionen in Forschung & Entwicklung nicht reduziert.“

Aber ist das genug? Wie gehen wir mit den noch nicht ganz ausgegorenen Hoffnungsträgern bei unseren Produkten oder den noch nicht ganz aufbereiteten Märkten um?

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What Technologies Will Crowdfunding Create?

17. September 2012

Date: 17-09-2012
Source: Technology Review

Super-users, hobbyists, and gadget fans are investing in innovations they want, and creating a new generation of entrepreneurs along the way.

It’s becoming a common story. A project listed on Kickstarter, the Internet crowdfunding website, ends up wildly exceeding its financial goals. Suddenly, someone is in business.

That’s what happened to inventor Jay Silver, creator of MaKey MaKey, an “invention kit” consisting of a processor board and alligator clips that turns objects with high electrical resistance—bananas, Play-Doh, human flesh—into computer controllers. Silver listed the project on Kickstarter this year hoping to raise $25,000. He ended up with $568,106.

Since then, it’s been a race to negotiate with Chinese manufacturers, customs agents, and wholesalers to produce and ship what will be the first product of Silver’s newly incorporated company, JoyLabz. “I was going to start this company in a few years, but my crowdfunding success accelerated the timing,” says Silver, who is 33. Read the rest of this entry »

Why No Apple in Europe?

12. October 2011

Date: 12-10-2011

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Why doesn’t Europe have its own Apple? 

European leaders are relying on up-and-coming entrepreneurs to stimulate job creation and economic growth they desperately need to solve the debt crisis and cool social tensions, but industry watchers say rules, red tape and financial conditions are stifling the emergence of top-notch, high-growth businesses. 

The European Union’s leaders have launched programs and tax breaks to tackle these problems, but some industry experts say they fall short:

too often they focus broadly across traditional Mom-and-Pop shops and fail to hone in on young, high-growth businesses that hold the key to job creation. 

“If you’re looking for breaking new innovation and fast employment growth, which is high on the agenda now, it’s these young firms that are particularly promising,” said Andrew Wyckoff , director of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s industry directorate. There should be “a difference in policy between young firms and small firms.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Rebooting Business

7. July 2011

Date: 07-07-2011
Source: The Wall Street Journal

There are two kinds of business models: those that have been disrupted by technology, and those that have yet to be
Any business model that can be disrupted by technology will be, and probably should be.

According to author Don Tapscott for some firms it is already too late. Their business models have been rendered redundant by new technology, and their failure to respond has resulted in a rapid decline.

The reality that technology will leave no business – be it private or public – untouched is now firmly on every organization’s radar. New business models will be dictated by the technology that disrupted existing ones.

In this section, we focus on how businesses are using nascent concepts such as “anything-as-a-service”, “multisided business models”, “the co-creation of content” and “innovation from the bottom of the pyramid” to create successful and sustainable businesses in the face of disruption. Read the rest of this entry »

Business books: Aiming high

4. July 2011

Date: 04-07-2011

Source: The Economist

We launch a quarterly review of business books by considering six of the best 

THERE are few divisions of the book industry with a worse reputation than business publishing.

Hundreds if not thousands of business books come out every year, all with glowing press releases and effervescent puffs. Literary editors tend to consign them straight to the bin.

This is understandable. An astonishing number are worthless. Celebrity CEOs blow their trumpets, consultants market miracle cures, self-help gurus promise that you can grow rich by working four hours a week. Wait a few months: the CEOs have been caught with their hands in the till, the miracle cures are poisons, the self-help gurus bankrupt. What remains is a tangle of jargon-ridden prose.

Understandable but wrong. It is silly to dismiss a whole genre just because so many business books are bad. There are some excellent titles in among the dross: CEO biographies that capture something essential about business, useful prescriptions for restoring companies to health, even self-help books that help make sense of the contradictory pressures of modern corporate life. The average employed person in the West spends more waking time in the office than at home, so it makes no sense to be so dismissive of writers who focus on such an important activity.

The best books provide an insight into how business revolutionises the world. Why is the centre of growth shifting from the developed to the developing countries? Why do some companies succeed and others fail? Why are we swapping the white collar for the no-collar workplace? Why do managers say the astonishing things that they say? The answers to these questions lie in the business books that many literary editors so casually toss out. Read the rest of this entry »

nuts führt Sie in die Zukunft

7. June 2011

Wie üblich: Zwei Partner (RB & AS) arbeiten, der Dritte (hfk) dokumentiert.

The Purpose of Power

24. May 2011
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Power has long been regarded as morally corrosive, and we often suspect the intentions of those who seek it. Indeed, the lust for dominion is so unseemly that few of us would openly admit to a craving for clout.

Hence, it might surprise you to learn that one of the world’s most distinguished management thinkers has recently produced a detailed manual for the power-hungry.

It often seems that the mendacious and egotistical have a particular talent for accumulating (and abusing) power—and at some point, most of us have probably been out-maneuvered by a more adept political infighter. But in Power: Why Some People Have it and Others Don’t, Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, gives nice guys and gals the tools they need to even the odds, by summarizing more than 30 years of research and teaching on how to get ahead.

Recently I talked with Pfeffer about why he’s written a book on power at a time when most management gurus are talking about collaboration, community and “open leadership.” Pfeffer’s argument is disarmingly simple: It takes power to get things done. Without power, you’re impotent—irrespective of your talents or the righteousness of your cause. Read the rest of this entry »