Archives tagged: culture

Pricing Governance and Culture Change

By Tim J. Smith, PhD November 30, 2018

In order for any pricing improvement project to deliver its potential value, price governance and pricing culture must intersect. Some may want to dismiss this as “too much to take on,” but the results of addressing fundamental questions from both sectors creates the difference between the companies that slog-along and those that thrive.


Major Commercial Policy Design Issues

By Tim J. Smith, PhD October 30, 2018

In this missive, I examine how companies selling to end customers through distributors and retailers can design their commercial policy.


Fixed vs. Variable Pricing

By Kyle T. Westra October 30, 2018

Home Page Text Tailoring price according to willingness to pay is theoretically sound but culturally still questionable. It’s important to determine how your customers will react to such variable pricing when deciding whether to have price variance, and by what characteristics.


How to Manage Price During a Trade War

By Tim J. Smith, PhD August 23, 2018

Executives in industries impacted by the tariffs, retaliatory tariffs, and threatened future tariffs must react. The playbook for executives in this trade war will vary.


Decision to Grow Instead of Harvest May Be the Key to Microsoft’s Survival

By James T. Berger July 30, 2018

According to Foley: “Many People find it easier to see the benefits that come with cutting costs and looking for efficiencies and worry that what may come with growth could be elusive.”


Pricing Transformation: Decision Making Required, Software Optional

By Tim J. Smith, PhD May 24, 2018

What is not stated is “pricing transformation is a software implementation.” Pricing transformations do not require software. Changing routines, the way people work, and the goals of their effort may benefit from software and software may support the cultural change, but new software is not fundamentally required.


Top 6 – November 2017

By Tim J. Smith, PhD November 16, 2017

“This year, more than 164 million consumers plan to shop over Thanksgiving weekend, from Turkey Day through Cyber Monday, according to statistics…

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“Disruptive Innovation” Key to America’s Future

By James T. Berger November 16, 2017

The creation of the automobile was not a disruptive innovation but Henry Ford’s development of the assembly line was. The creation of the iPhone might be regarded as destructive innovation, but the advances in the technology are clearly sustaining innovation.

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The Right Personality For The Right Negotiation

By Pravin Vemuri July 19, 2017

Negotiations are no different, although not as dramatic and not as much a matter of life or death. Not surprisingly, on occasion, they devolve into a hypercompetitive, personality-driven blood sport

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Is Pricing a CEO Level Issue?

By Tim J. Smith, PhD February 7, 2017

CEO’s are responsible for organizing productive operations, and ultimately generating revenue. When it comes to their pricing responsibility, CEO’s manage pricing decisions by defining the culture, structure, and routines necessary for producing sound decisions that align with their strategy.