New thoughts about competition and strategy may be bubbling up into the managerial mindset. I just read Michael Porter's new article "Why America Needs an Economic Strategy
" in the latest Business Week and thought that it could mean a positive development for the competitive intelligence/strategy/scenario thinking/futures crowd here.
Porter says that America has a lot of valuable assets, and no plan whatsoever
for long-term prosperity. The United States has a great science and technology engine, the best technology transfer in the world, and a still-vibrant culture of entrepreneurialism. However, the U.S. will be hobbled by its lacking social net, a mess of a public health system, decaying infrastructure, and creeping neo-mercantilism in the form of giant corporations that distort markets. He says that the only way out is to think long-term, from small businesses up to national policy makers.
Question: Do you think that this presents an opportunity for you as a global intelligence professional? If so what might you do about it?
It seems to me that if people around the world are going to start thinking broadly, it can only mean good things for our community. Perhaps our moment has arrived, if only we can seize it. It seems better than small, short-term, parochial, next-quarter thinking at the very least!