Emerging Market Multinationals – A multi-polar footprint

Emerging-market multinationals (EMMs), which are companies operating in several countries, have during the last decades, attracted substantial attention from western multinationals for their increasing scale on international level. In 2008 the Emerging economies had 70 multinationals in the Fortune Global 500, an increase of 50 from 1998, and an increase of 9 since 2007; clearly demonstrating the pace of the Emerging multinationals. This development has been possible through a high number of mergers and acquisitions, as well as a focus on Capital (Foreign Direct Investments), Talent (workforce), Resources (commodities etc.), new consumers and Innovation.

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Blizzard Entertainment – The Wisest Storm

Worth USD $65bn, and growing faster than the movie industry, the video game segment has one of the biggest impacts on today’s popular culture (Janson, 2011). In this article, we will have a look on Blizzard Entertainment, one of the innovative publishers that released games which played major roles for the notoriety of this business as well as defining its future path. We will assess how the company makes the correct strategic decision by creating a sustainable growth and relationship with their customers. We will mostly discuss its World of Warcraft (referred as WoW later on) game as it makes 1/3rd of Activison Blizzard’s total revenues (Miller, 2012).

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Il a Free, il a Tout Compris

Free has launched its mobile phone services only one month ago and this company has revolutionised the market by penetrating it. Xavier Niel, its founder had the objective of dividing the mobile phone bill in half, of all French households. This CEO is an idealist who strongly believes in transparency and win/win deals between his company and his clients. On that market, he is the only one who has the objective to “share the pie” with his loyal clients.

We will see later that the core of its strategy is based around its company sustainability and profitability; but above all, its client’s satisfaction and interest. This way, Free manage to build a strong relationship with its customers and as well, attracts a lot of new ones.

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Everybody can make a sandwich – The question is just how you do it!

The Subway brand, with its innovative service approach, crafty pricing strategy and delicious meals, has in the last years grown massively; not only in reputation but the chain has also surpassed McDonald’s in having more restaurants worldwide. The chain works with the discipline of operational excellence and has a creative and extraordinary business idea that just amazes me and has really changed my perception of the fast food industry. There are so many fast food chains out there today that are incredible in the way they do business; being innovative seeking to get their customers to buy more and more from them; but Subway, according to many, takes the standard of the fast food industry to other levels and is in a class of its own.

If you think about it, the Subway sandwiches and menu’s are not particularly cheap, and the restaurants does not provide an upscale, chic environment that could please a huge crowd like many of the other popular fast food chains. Yet they always somehow provide a sense of personalisation, belonging and a feeling that they listen and indeed, actually care about what you have to say; all this while being very productive with handling customer requests at the same time. Continue reading

Foxconn’s Liason with Sharp

A new alliance against the industry’s number one Samsung forms in East Asia. The Hon-Hai group from Taiwan, better known under the name ‘Foxconn’, as the producer under contract of Apple’s iPhone and iPad, bought 10% of the Japanese electronic enterprise Sharp. The stock exchange reacted with a jump on the announcement of the new Sharp president Takashi Okuda, who is supposed to officially take over the lead of the company in the beginning of April. The stock price of Sharp rose 15%. Okuda announced that Sharp’s strategy will change. They had been trying to get along solo but the pressure from competition was too high. Continue reading

Secret Sauce for M&A Success

Big Merger & Acquisitions are ubiquitous even in times of economic difficulties. Be it the acquisition of Wyeth by Pfizer Inc for $ 64.5 Billion or Rio Tinto’s acquisition by the Australian mining behemoth, BHP Billiton for $58 billion, M&A deals are part and parcel of the corporate strategy to grow at breakneck pace as companies look to grow inorganically. Almost 60% of all M&A’s fail. Here in this article, I try to dig deep to understand the reasons behind such a high failure rate and unearth the main factors required for an M&A to succeed. Continue reading

A Simple Approach to Business Development, Relationships?

In today’s world, where the computer is the center of our daily life, where human resources department’s only role is restricted to hiring people, managing payrolls and fire employees. In a world where people are starting to build relationships with robots, one might think that relationships between firms and their customers have already been normalized; instead, the normalization has been limited to articles about the importance of customer relationship that have been popping out from every conceivable angle. Continue reading