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Most organisations consist of multiple business and support units, each populated by highly trained, experienced executives. But often the efforts of individual units are not coordinated, resulting in conflicts, lost opportunities, and diminished performance Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton argue that the responsibility for this critical alignment lies with corporate headquarters. In this book, the authors apply their revolutionary Balanced Scorecard management system to corporate-level strategy, revealing how highly successful enterprises achieve powerful synergies by explicitly defining corporate headquarters’ role in setting, coordinating, and overseeing organisational strategy. Based on extensive field research in organisations worldwide, Alignment shows how companies can build an enterprise-level Strategy Map and Balanced Scorecard that clearly articulate the “enterprise value proposition”: how the enterprise creates value above that achieved by individual business units operating alone. The book provides case studies, actionable frameworks, and sample scorecards that show how to align business and support units, boards of directors, and external partners with the corporate strategy and create a governance process that will ensure that alignment is sustained. The next breakthrough in strategy execution from the field’s premier thinkers, Alignment shows how today’s companies can unlock unrealised value from enterprise synergies.
About the Author
Robert S. Kaplan is the Baker Foundation Professor at Harvard Business School. David Norton serves as President of Balanced Scorecard Collaborative/Palladium.
Digitization of business interactions and processes is advancing full bore. But in many organizations, returns from IT investments are flatlining, even as technology spending has skyrocketed. These challenges call for new levels of IT savvy: the ability of all managers-IT or non-IT-to transform their company’s technology assets into operational efficiencies that boost margins. Companies with IT-savvy managers are 20 percent more profitable than their competitors. In IT Savvy, Peter Weill and Jeanne Ross-two of the world’s foremost authorities on using IT in business-explain how non-IT executives can acquire this savvy. Concise and practical, the book describes the practices, competencies, and leadership skills non-IT managers need to succeed in the digital economy. You’ll discover how to: -Define your firm’s operating model-how IT can help you do business -Revamp your IT funding model to support your operating model -Build a digitized platform of business processes, IT systems, and data to execute on the model -Determine IT decision rights -Extract more business value from your IT assets Packed with examples and based on research into eighteen hundred organizations in more than sixty countries, IT Savvy is required reading for non-IT managers seeking to push their company’s performance to new heights.
“Strategy Maps” takes readers to the next level of precision in strategy implementation. “Strategy Maps” introduces a new tool that has evolved from Robert Kaplan and David Norton’s ongoing research with hundreds of Balanced Scorecard adopters across the globe, and its premise is simple: if you can visually map your strategy, the people within your organization will better understand it and therefore be better able to execute it effectively. It offers a visual cause-and-effect explanation of what’s working and what doesn’t in a way that everyone in the company can understand. It helps get the entire organization involved in strategy.
About the Author
Robert S. Kaplan is the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School. David P. Norton serves as a Director with the Balanced Scorecard Collaborative.
This text shows how managers can use the balanced scorecard technique to mobilize their employees and fulfil the company’s mission. The authors demonstrate how senior executives in industries such as banking, oil and retailing are using the technique to evaluate current performance and target future performance based on financial and non-financial criteria such as customer satisfaction, internal processes and employee learning, and growth.
About the Author
Robert S. Kaplan is the Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Accounting at the Harvard Business School. David P. Norton is the president of Renaissance Solutions, Inc. They are the authors of three seminal Harvard Business Review articles on the Balanced Scorecard.
Some people are just natural innovators, right? With no apparent effort, they discover ideas for new products, services, and entire businesses. It may look like innovators are born, not made. But according to Jeffrey Dyer and Hal Gregersen, anyone can become more innovative.
How? Master the discovery skills that distinguish innovative entrepreneurs and executives from ordinary managers. In The Innovator’s DNA, the authors identify five capabilities demonstrated by the best innovators:
– Associating: drawing connections between questions, problems, or ideas from unrelated fields
– Questioning: posing queries that challenge common wisdom
– Observing: scrutinizing the behavior of customers, suppliers, and competitors to identify new ways of doing things
– Experimenting: constructing interactive experiences and provoking unorthodox responses to see what insights emerge
– Networking: meeting people with different ideas and perspectives
The authors explain how to generate ideas with these skills, collaborate with “delivery-driven” colleagues to implement ideas, and build innovation skills throughout your organization to sharpen its competitive edge. They also provide a self-assessment for rating your own innovator’s DNA.
Practical and provocative, this book is an essential resource for all teams seeking to strengthen their innovative prowess.
About the Author
Jeffrey Dyer is the Horace Beesley Professor of Strategy at the Marriott School, Brigham Young University. He is widely published in strategy and business journals and was the fourth most cited management scholar in 1996-2006. Hal Gregersen is a professor of leadership at INSEAD. He consults to organizations around the world on innovation, globalization, and transformation and has published extensively in leading academic and business journals. Clay Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and the architect of and the world’s foremost authority on disruptive innovation.