The Fit for Growth℠ approach & Business Model Innovation

This post is based on my reading of “A Fit for GrowthSM Framework for Telecom Operators: Aligning Capabilities, Costs, and Structure” by Martin Reitenspiess, Christine Rupp, Hannes Gmelin, and Chady Smayra, via Booz & Co. It is an attempt to reconstruct the proposal made in the publication by drawing analogies to other pieces of work. This publication (from April 2013) from Booz & Co proposes a “Fit for Growth” framework to transition from price-based competition strategy to differentiation strategy. Not surprisingly the industry in question, Telecom, is industry characterized by the following observations: Stagnating market due to saturation of primary revenue sources Declining margins accompanied...

Nokia buys back Siemens’ stake in NSN

Via Wall Street Journal Online & Businessweek Bloomberg: With Nokia Siemens Networks having returned to profitability in Q1 2013, Nokia bets on the telecom network business – will pay €1.7B to buy back Siemen’s 50% stake in the JV. Nokia will finance this purchase with a combination of external bank financing (€1.2B) and a secured loan from Siemens (€0.5B).

P&G: A case for Strategic Innovation

This blog entry by Ken Favaro on strategy+business shares an insight into how P&G has done well not only in product innovation in the past, but has also demonstrated the ability to innovate in its business functions. The article puts forth the need for more strategic innovation – or business model innovation, if I may dare to say so -for P&G to unleash the next wave of growth. Click here for the article: Does P&G Need Product Innovation or Strategic Innovation?  

Tale of the two ‘V’s – Vodafone & Verizon

An interesting in-depth view of what Vodafone can do with the 45% stake in it’s American counterpart – Verizon. (The complete article is at Lex in-depth: Vodafone via the Financial Times Buying back this stake from Vodafone, Verizon will be better able to bear the fruits of profitability. Also, cashing out will bring in a cheque bearing a huge figure to Vodafone. But (there is always one or more of them…) that said – what can be done with all that cash? what about the several re-organizations in JV’s with the regulatory situation ever make a telco’s path to profitability easier

“venit, audit, vicit”

“Veni, vidi, vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered) – reportedly written by Julius Caesar in 47 BC as a comment on his short war with Pharnaces II of Pontus in the city of Zela. There was something that reminded me of this when I met Jean-Christophe Prunet, Managing Director, Rohde & Schwarz. I had the opportunity to meet him courtesy the TEC On-Campus program in HEC. It wasn’t particularly this exact statement; I’ll present the right variation in shortly. Let me first elaborate on this abstract idea of ‘TEC OnCampus’. The ‘TEC OnCampus’ program draws its inspiration from vistage.com...