The US Is GM

12. November 2009

Tom Davenport’s Blog: November 2, 2009

The United States, my beloved home country, has become the General Motors of nations in its lethargy and complacency. This is ironic, because the US (and Canada) own a majority share of GM, but I am focused more on economic similarity rather than ownership. The height of complacency for GM was probably about 2004. In that year the automaker still had the title as the world’s largest maker of cars, a title it relinquished in 2007. GM was still profitable in 2004 — but not very much so — and it was losing market share in many of its major markets. That was the year that GM abandoned the Oldsmobile brand, but it didn’t seem worried about its future overall. Read the rest of this entry »

A tough search for talent

3. November 2009

   Date: 03-11-2009
 Source: The Economist

In many rich countries, grooming young bureaucrats for a changing world is a struggle for their would-be bosses

AGED 25 and armed with a master’s degree in water management, Andrew Reeves has the very mix of youth and green-mindedness that many governments claim to need. Yet when he attended a Canadian government job fair in Toronto this autumn, he left after 20 minutes without handing out a single résumé.

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Paul Laudicina of A.T. Kearney: Rethinking Outsourcing

24. August 2009

aus der aktuellen Business Week über die Zukunft der “Reset Economy”:

Maria Bartiromo talks to the consulting firm chairman about rethinking outsourcing

By Maria Bartiromo

Whether we are truly emerging from recession—as a Wall Street Journal survey of economists and other reports contend—or are setting ourselves up for another reversal, one thing seems clear: When the global economy awakes from its long nightmare, there will be “a new normal.” In short, it won’t be business as usual. To get a sense of the changes afoot, I talked with Paul Laudicina, chairman of the worldwide consulting firm A.T. Kearney and an expert in business strategy.


What kinds of changes—for both countries and companies—do you see coming out of all this turmoil? Read the rest of this entry »

“An emotional, social, economic reset”

24. August 2009

“This economic crisis doesn’t represent a cycle. It represents a reset,” Jeff Immelt, the CEO of General Electric, said today. “It’s an emotional, social, economic reset.”

And the biggest impact of this “reset” will be greater government involvement in the economy, and in the affairs of business, for better or worse.

“People who understand that will prosper,” Immelt said. “Those who don’t will be left behind.” Read the rest of this entry »