The term ‚profit’ stands for the difference between revenue and costs. However, for one and the same activity, profit does not necessarily have to be the same number under different points of view. Different accounting standards or special regulations for taxation make organizations display different profits in financial statements for different purposes. On top of that, profit from the accountant’s point of view is not equal to profit from the economist’s point of view. This difference is based in fundamentally different understandings of costs and profits. This article describes the differences of profit in accounting and economics. Continue Reading →
Management models and tools like the SWOT have been around for a while. Actually, they have already been with us in the good old times that were more stable and less disruptive. Therefore, these tools are sometimes perceived as a bit old-fashioned. Conventional wisdom is that something that was designed to make sense of a stable, slowly changing environment can’t cope with today’s challenges.
I have stated more than once, that these tools are not outdated at all. They are still relevant. You just have to adapt your way of using them. Last weekend I flipped through my bookshelf and happened to stumble upon some up-to-date application of the SWOT analysis – although the term ‘SWOT’ had not been mentioned there one single time. Continue Reading →
The job description of a strategist is manifold. Similarly, expectations on the strategist are diverse. It seems as if almost anybody has his own unique idea of the traits of a strategist. Not surprisingly, these many facets are fairly contradictory. Hence, a strategist is torn between many worlds.
Is it possible to publish a scientific research idea in 200 words or less? From now on it is.
The Journal of Brief Ideas is a new project that aims to free ideas from the heads of researchers. The main condition is: The writing must not be longer than 200 words. The Journal of Brief Ideas shall provide a place for such short ideas to be published and archived permanently – searchable and citable. Continue Reading →
Effectiveness and Efficiency – there is still a bit of confusion about this pair of terms. Sometimes, they are used interchangeably. The distinction seems to be a bit blurring. I guess one part of the problem is that these terms sound fairly similar. Another reason is that effectiveness and efficiency often come together in a common context. An activity may be effective and efficient, effective or efficient, or neither of the two. Continue Reading →
Is your strategic thinking influenced by obsolete beliefs? This is probably not the first question that comes to mind in the context of strategic planning. However – that may be a mistake: Each strategic analysis makes some assumptions about elements involved – market structures, customer expectations, competitors’ moves, technological trends, and many more. These assumptions are implicitly based on our beliefs about their nature. It is not a new discovery that we live in an ever faster changing world. What if the world had changed and the beliefs on which we ground our strategy have just become obsolete? Continue Reading →
Smile a lot: “People want to work with people they like, people who are happy. You ‘ll be dealing with a lot oh hard issues, and they ‘ll come across better if you have a smile on your face.” (Quote by Melody Hobson, president of Ariel Investment, on the best advice she’s ever received.)
In the executive summary it says Knowledge work consists of non-routine, complex tasks which involve the use of large quantities of (often incomplete or ambiguous) information, both as inputs and outputs of work processes. Thus, knowledge workers need tools that add value and context to information as they work with it. These tools should reduce complexity through aggregation, organize information through categorization, and make options for action systematically visible. Continue Reading →
Not to have a strategy is an oxymoron. Of course, there are businesses that seem to have no strategy at all. Some even have declared that they will operate without one. But do these businesses really have no strategy? The answer probably depends on what you define as strategy. One way or the other, each and every business once had taken the decisions to do business a particular way. This actually is the strategy, intended or not. Continue Reading →