What will Gillette do? As a starter, they cut prices by 12%. Good for consumers (and society overall), bad for investors. Competition’s role is to drive prices down and quality up. This is part of the reason private capitalism is better than state-controlled enterprise.

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Millward Brown’s brand valuation analyses provide strong evidence of the importance of branding for business leaders. Brand is about reputation. A brand generates trust for a company, for its products, and for its services. The brands mentioned in the BrandZ top 100 list are the world’s most trusted.

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Without a strong understanding of these customers, as well as the effort to continuously reevaluate this understanding, companies will see their share slip away to better positioned competition. Pricing requires just as much strategy as product; the right product at the wrong price is no longer the right product.

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Innovation is clearly on many corporate agendas.  And it is not surprising.  Companies don’t grow by cost cutting alone.  They grow through innovation.  But how?  And what are the implications of this innovation driven agenda?

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To graduates: Michael Dell (Dell), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Steve Jobs (Apple), Mike Lazaridis (RIM), and John Mackey (Whole Foods) all dropped out to start businesses. Time: the relentless and uncompromising performance metric. The difference between an idea and a profit-making business is the difference between an amoeba and a human being Capability To outperform, you…

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Apple has had a beating both in the market and the press lately. Despite record quarterly profit, they lost their number-one stock spot to Exxon Mobil. By some prognostications, Samsung is rising in the smartphone market, and Huawei is taking a stronger foothold on the price-sensitive emerging-market field, while Apple is stumbling. Well, for those who failed to sell Apple at above $700 prices and now see it below $450, what did you expect?

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Thales SA and Panasonic Corp. have recently begun marketing Wi-Fi-enabled iPad in-flight entertainment systems alongside traditional wired and seatback entertainment systems. Does handing out iPads to passengers and going Wi-Fi make sense for other airlines or is this a frivolous luxury for the elite that commoners will never see? A modeling of the Exchange Value can determine.

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