The Skyscraper Index: Is It Time To Flee The Building?

Posted by Michael Lindberg on Sep 9, 2018 12:21:49 PM

It’s Time To Flee The Skyscraper!

Did you ever hear about the “Skyscraper Index”? It was developed by Andrew Lawrence, a property analyst at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, in 1999 and it showed that the world's tallest buildings have risen just before the world experiences an economic downturn. That’s why the coming “Kingdom Tower” in Saudi-Arabia and “The Tower” in Dubai – which will both be taller than the current record holder, the 828 meter high Burj Khalifa, also in Dubai - scares me a bit because if Andrew Lawrence is right, they are a sign that the world will soon face a recession.

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Topics: Business Model Innovation, Disruptive Innovation, Change

Where Is Your Organization's Blue Ocean?

Posted by Michael Lindberg on Aug 13, 2018 7:02:23 AM

 

You Can Find a Blue Ocean

Kim and Mauborgne, the authors of “Blue Ocean Strategy”, provide their “Four Actions Framework” which can be used to break free of the an industry’s inherent logic:

 

  • Which features the industry takes for granted should be eliminated?
  • Which features should be reduced well below the industry’s standard?
  • Which features should be raised well above the industry’s standard?
  • Which features should be created that the industry has never offered?
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Topics: Business Model Innovation, Disruptive Innovation

Business Model Patterns: Play Cards Like The Swiss

Posted by Michael Lindberg on Jul 17, 2018 9:58:12 AM

Patterns of Business Model Innovation 

Consider the examples of Kodak, Blockbuster, and most recently Toys “R” Us - all went out of business because they became complacent, not innovating their business model in time. We should be grateful to Oliver Gassmann and Karolin Frankenberger who in examining several hundred successful business models found that about 90 percent of innovations were the result of re-inventing previously existing concepts.

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Topics: Business Model Innovation, Disruptive Innovation

Reaching Higher Than The Alps: Our New Whitepaper

Posted by Michael Lindberg on Jun 28, 2018 10:20:48 AM

A Business Model is like a Swiss Army Knife

 There are three factors of business life that need to be addressed:

  1. Every business must continually grow
  2. The old strategy tools no longer apply
  3. It is getting increasingly difficult to stand out
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Topics: Business Model Innovation, Disruptive Innovation

Marketing Myopia: Why You Need More Than Better Products

Posted by Michael Lindberg on Mar 11, 2018 1:05:57 PM

You Need More Than Better Products

The experts agree: In future, competition will take place between business models, and not just between products and technologies. Clayton Christensen has written extensively about the importance (and threat) of disruptive innovation, but what happens if a competitor or a technology moves “fast forward” and outcompetes you? I’m sure you know what happened to Kodak, but let’s revisit the story:

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Topics: Marketing, Business Model Innovation, Disruptive Innovation