• Strategic analysis of the UK political environment

    Strategic Analysis: UK Political Environment 3

    Posted on January 26, 2011 by in Strategic analysis

    Just over six months ago, in another strategic analysis post, this blog questioned whether the new Conservative-led administration would drive the UK economy towards a double-dip recession.  The question was influenced by the coalition forcing through the expenditure cuts they had campaigned on, but which had failed to secure enough support to win a majority at the general […]

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    Strategic Analysis: UK Political Environment 2

    Posted on May 16, 2010 by in Strategic analysis

    This post follows on from the first blog entry relating to strategic analysis of the UK political environment. The recent UK general election is a major event that requires careful consideration for most British organisations, and it may have wider implications beyond the UK. Unusually, business played a prominent role in the campaign as the […]

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  • Paying for consultancy by results in the NHS

    Paying for consultancy by results in the NHS

    Posted on October 15, 2009 by in Evidence

    Paying for consultancy is not a new subject, but it has raised its head again recently following concern about the amount spent on consultancy by the UK National Health Service (NHS). Alan Downey, former chair of the Institute of Business Consulting and KPMG’s global head of healthcare, wrote in Management Today that “Consultants are…increasingly expected […]

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  • Strategic analysis of the UK political environment

    Strategic Analysis: UK Political environment

    Posted on October 14, 2009 by in Strategic analysis

    This post is intended to be used as part of the strategic analysis that any well-run business should undertake. It illustrates the political element of any strategic environmental analysis using the variants of the PEST framework( PESTEL, PESTLE, STEEPLE, PESTLIED etc.) The final term of the current UK government has begun following the summer recess […]

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  • You can’t outsource responsibility for business process

    Posted on October 12, 2009 by in Business process improvement

    Microsoft has shown that cloud computing (and business process outsourcing in general) has big risks and no guarantees. A recent problem for Microsoft personal customers is a stark warning for business users. Last week, Microsoft’s Danger unit experienced a huge outage that left many T-Mobile Sidekick users without access to their calendar, address book, and […]

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  • Keep change simple

    Posted on October 3, 2009 by in Change management

    Working with a client on a new corporate strategy last week highlighted the importance of simplicity in business generally and change in particular. The focus of the work is translating a new corporate strategy and business plan into action through creating a number of competitive strategies and divisional plans. In addition to writing and executing […]

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  • Show me the evidence!

    Posted on September 8, 2009 by in Evidence

    Our practice has been increasingly focussing on evidence that something works as a ‘must have’ in any proposed intervention. In 2006 and 2007 this blog discussed some of the principles behind this approach, including the wisdom of ignoring management fads and approaching ideologies and theories based on the evidence, rather than assuming that the latest […]

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