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Strategic Inflection Points - Jukeboxes

Strategic Inflection Points - Jukeboxes

Coin-in-the-slot music machines were already well established by the time the golden age of the jukebox dawned in the 1940s. While the designers of this era such as Paul Fuller, are particularly revered, design affecionados are begining to play closer attention to the twp decades that followed. The machines of the rock 'n' roll era - with which the jukebox has become synonymous - scream teenage rebellion with their blatant use of flashy…

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Added by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on December 6, 2009 at 3:30am — No Comments

Strategic Inflection Points - Glassware

Strategic Inflection Points - Glassware

Glass designers have perfected the arts of pressing, layering, engraving and staining.

1. Wine glass - 1900 This elegant wine glass may have been made by the Belgian firm Val Saint Lambert. Around its surface, an interwoven pattern of tendrils forms an almost abstract pattern.

2. Wine glass and decanter - 1910 Produced in Austria or Bohemia, this wine glass and decanter feature a beautifully coloured leaf…

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Added by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on November 28, 2009 at 3:30am — No Comments

Strategic Inflection Points - Motorcycles

Strategic Inflection Points - Motorcycles



Designers continue to exploit the latest materials and technology to enhance performance and provide a safe ride.



1. Werner - 1901



2. Excelsior 20R - 1912



3. BMW R32 - 1923



4. Megola Racing Model - 1923



5. Harley - Davidson Knucklehead 61EL - 1936



6. Triumph Speed Twin - 1939



7. Indian Chief - 1947



8. Vincent Black Shadow Series C - 1949



9. Honda 50 Super Cub -…

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Added by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on November 24, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Strategic Inflection Points - Music Systems

Strategic Inflection Points - Music Systems



Today, the digital technology threatens the vinyl disc with obsolescence.



1. Graphophone - 1900



2. Pathe gramophone - 1908



3. Selecta portable - 1920s



4. Bermuda Dansette - 1950s



5. Braun Phonosuper SK55 - 1956



6. Beogram 4000 - 1972



7. Philips compact disc player - 1983



8. Denon Stacking System D-90 - 1995



9. Beosound 9000 - 1999…

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Added by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on November 22, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

Strategic Inflection Points - Toothbrushes

Strategic Inflection Points - Toothbrushes



1. Early Toothbrushes - 1900s



Bone Handle + Natural bristles





2. Plastic toothbrushes - 1930s-40s



3. Radius - 1984



4. Modern toothbrushes - 1980s-90s



Designers now compete over the details:



A. Most eye-catching colours

B. Most comfortable grip

C. The optimum angle and reach

D. The best bristle combination





5. Fluocaril - 1989



6. Electric toothbrush -…

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Added by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on November 22, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

Strategic Inflection Points - Dolls

Strategic Inflection Points - Dolls



1. Schilling doll - 1900



2. Kewpie - 1913



3. My Dream Baby - mid 1920s



4. Tyrolean dolls - early 1950s



5. Barbie - 1959



6. Barbie "Airline Stewardess" - 1963



7. Action Man - 1964



8. Cabbage Patch Kid - 1983



9. Baby Born - 1991



10. Barbie "Happy Holidays" - 1990s

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Strategic Inflection Points - Toys & Models



Strategic Inflection Points - Toys & Models



1. Magic Lantern - 1900



2. Noah's Ark - 1900



3. Clockwork ship - 1904



4. Steiff teddy bear - 1905



5. Meccano - 1910



6. Hornby train set - 1920s



7. Dinky cars - 1930s



8. Scalextric - 1950s



9. Robby the Robot - 1956



10. Lego - 1958



11. Star Trek - 1977



12. Transformer robot - 1980s



13. Thunderbirds - 1992



14.…

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Added by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on November 22, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Strategic Inflection Points - Guitars

Strategic Inflection Points - Guitars



1. Gibson Style O - 1908



2. National Style O - 1926



3. Rickenbacker Electro Spanish - 1932



4. Gibson Les Paul Gold Top - 1952



5. Fender Stratocaster - 1954



6. Gibson Double - 12 - Late 1950s



7. Stienberger Bass - 1982



8. Ibanez - 1990

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Added by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on November 22, 2009 at 12:30am — 4 Comments

Strategic Inflection Points - Watches

Strategic Inflection Points - Wristwatches





1. Oris Big Crown - 1910s



2. Waltham - 1920



3. Cocktail watch - 1930



4. Bulova Accutron - 1960



5. Oyster Perpetual - 1965



6. Speedmaster - 1969



7. Lasser digital - 1970s



8. Gold watch - 1970s



9. Casio digital - 1990s



10. Seiko Kinetic - 1990s



11. Omega Seamaster - 1995…

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Added by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on November 20, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Strategic Inflection Points - Cars

Strategic Inflection Points - Cars



Few things map the development of design better than a car.





1. De Dion - Bouton Model Q - 1903



2. Model T Ford - 1908



3. Rolls Royce 40/50 - 1907



4. Citroen Traction Avant - 1934



5. Auburn 851 Speedster - 1935



6. Volkswagen Beetle - 1939



7. Citroen 2CV - 1948



8. Bentley R-type Continental - 1952



9. Mercedes - Benz 300SL - 1954



10. Fiat 500 -…

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Added by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on November 18, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Strategic Inflection Points - Perfume

STRATEGIC INFLECTION POINTS - PERFUME



1. L'heure bleue - 1912



Blend of roses, irises, vanilla and musk.



Positioned as Romantic perfume.



The Baccarat glass bottle reflects this romanitcism. Art Nouveau swirls at the shoulders of the bottle and delicately drawn label, the design suggests sensuality.





2. Chanel No 5 - 1921



Remains the essence of Simplicity.



It is square, with a plain wedge stopper and a minimal white…

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Added by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on November 16, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Competitive Environment Analysis

To generate Competitive Intelligence we need to get clarity of the Competitive Environment in which the organisation operates :



1. Economic Features



We need to identify and analyse the most important economic features of the industry in which the organisation operates in.



2. Competitive Forces



We need to identify and analyse multiple competitive forces which industry members are facing and assess the strength of each force



3. Changes - Competitive…

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Added by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on November 14, 2009 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Key Success Factors

Key Success Factors for Future Competitive Success



Key Success Factors [KSFs] could be:



1. Product attributes

2. Competencies

3. Competitive capabilities

4. Market achievements



Having greatest impact on future competitive success in the markets.



1. It could be technological expertise or scientific research in high technology industries such as pharmaceuticals or telecommunications.



2. It could be proven ability of an organisation to…

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Added by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on November 14, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Hostile Takeovers - Using OODA Loop in Competitive Intelligence

When a Corporate Raider attempts a hostile takeover of an organisation, we need to understand the interplay in the Quicksilver environment:



The Players:



1. White Knight

2. Black Knight

3. Gray Knight

4. Yellow Knight



Further when a Corporate Raider attempts Greenmailing or hostile takeover threat still persists, do we have options such as:



1. Moat

2. Golden Parachute

3. People Pill

4. Poison Pill

5. Lobster Trap

6. Killer…

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Added by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on November 14, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Key Intelligence Topics

I. Assessment of Strategies



A. Focused Differentiation

B. Best Cost

C. Differentiation

D. Low Cost

E. Focused Low Cost

F. Market Skimming

G. Market Penetration

H. Related Diversification

I. Unrelated Diversification

J. Backward Integration

K. Forward Integration

L. Horizontal Integration





II. Consumer Perceptions



A. Negative Moment of Truth

B. Positive Moment of Truth

C. Usage

D. Attitude

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Added by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on November 14, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers & Acquisitions presents CORPORATE RISKS which has to be mitigated.



Success of merger / acquisition depends how we have actually prepared at:



1. Pre Merger stage

2. Post Merger stage



Pre Merger stage:



Here compatibility issues need to be addressed under :



A.Courtship phase

B. Evaluation and Negotiation phase



While we are looking at compatibility issues at during Courtship phase, have we looked at compatibility between…

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Added by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on November 12, 2009 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

Corporate Risks

Macro Risks of Globalisation [ Domino Effect ]



1. Retrenchment from globalisation

2. Oil & Gas spike

3. Infectious diseases in the Developing world

3. Trans-national crime and corruption

4. Chronic diseases of the Developed world

5. Middle East instability

6. Heatwaves and droughts

7. Natural catastrophy : cyclone, earthquake, extreme inland flooding

8. Interstate and civil wars

9. Fiscal crisis in advanced economies

10. Food…

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Added by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on November 11, 2009 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

AEROSPACE - 10 Billion Dollar Budget - Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft - Indian Air Force

Courtsey - Hudson Hawk



http://www.corporaterisks.info/

insight@corporaterisks.info



I will like to thank Hudson Hawk for permitting me to use the following Alert.



The Americans, Swedes, Russians and the French are at daggers drawn to retain Indian Air Force as their client.



Lockheed Martin F-16 IN Super Viper - Costs USD 50 Million



Boeing F/A - 18 Super Hornet - Costs USD 57… Continue

Added by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on November 7, 2009 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

AEM now offering a variety of industry intelligence on the AEM store

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has for many years conducted surveys of its membership on a variety of topics, including employment, parts practices, and general industry conditions. These survey results are now available for purchase at the AEM store.

Added by Steve Duncan on November 2, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Winning: The How and Why of Business War Games (invitation to free webinar)

This post is an invitation for you to attend a free webinar presented by Mark Chussil (that's me) of Advanced Competitive Strategies on behalf of the LinkedIn group “Corporate Planning & Global Industry Segmentation.”



The webinar will be on Tuesday, November 17, 2009, at 1:30 pm east-coast time, 10:30 am west-coast time. It will be one hour in duration. You can access video through a web link that you will receive 30 minutes before the webinar begins. (See “How to sign up,”… Continue

Added by Mark Chussil on November 1, 2009 at 2:49pm — No Comments

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