THERE’S MORE TO BEING GLOBAL THAN HAVING FAR FLUNG OPERATIONS

The National Investment Company Services Association (NICSA) will have its 32nd Annual Conference this February. The conference has been rebranded as a Strategic Leadership Forum with the topic centering on Globalization. (Officially – and redundantly – it is: “Managing the Investment Firm in a Global World”). NICSA is not alone in recognizing the need financial …

THE POPULAR CHOICE ISN’T NECESSARILY A POOR ONE

It seems almost quaint in the day of Google and Amazon hegemony but there used to be a lapel button around that said “Earth, a subsidiary of Microsoft.”  That firm’s quest for world domination has been replaced by a struggle to maintain relevance at least in some product spheres.  One area where they are not …

INNOVATION, FAILURE AND IT GOVERNANCE

The connection between failure and innovation is twofold. On the one hand the inability to innovate can lead to failure as Clayton Christensen pointed out in the Innovator’s Dilemma: “Occasionally however, disruptive technologies emerge: innovations that result in worseproduct performance, at least in the near-term. Ironically, in each of the instances studied in this book, …