A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words – stock photography & the shifting market

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words – stock photography & the shifting market

‘A picture’s worth a thousand words’, or so the saying goes.  It’s a phrase that is rumoured to have come from an ancient Chinese proverb and which became more prevalent in the 20th Century.  Whilst we’ve grown up used to seeing illustrated books, it’s a concept that has become even more powerful in the digital…

Business Model Transformation - an R&D investment?

Business Model Transformation – an R&D investment?

The difference between winners and losers is often that winners are able to see opportunities and position themselves to take advantage of them better than others in the market.  Increasingly, positioning to take advantage of new opportunities can include the need to achieve business model transformation. We don’t have to look too far for examples of…

Broadcasting's increasingly blurred - the challenges facing the TV business model

Broadcasting’s increasingly blurred – the challenges facing the TV business model

In a world where we’re increasingly expecting increasingly high definition in relation to the content that we consume, the TV business model is becoming increasingly blurred. In a recent case in the US, the Supreme Court decided that Aereo’s business model was no different to a cable provider, despite the difference in technology, and therefore…

Defining innovation - what does it mean for functional professionals?

Defining innovation – what does it mean for functional professionals?

‘Innovation’, ‘big data’, ‘the cloud’, ‘sustainability’, and the list goes on.  Business loves buzzwords.  There’s no two ways about it, every technology wave, or generation has it’s lexicon. I came across a great quote from Henry Ford’s autobiography in which he speaks about ‘making to order’: Ask a hundred people how they want an article…

So how many meaningful business relationships do you think you can handle?

So how many meaningful business relationships do you think you can handle?

We’re probably all aware of the concept of ‘six degrees of separation’.  That we are all connected by six or fewer steps.  From a human perspective, in a world of 7+ billion people it sounds far fetched, however, having completed a course on social and economic networks I’ve seen the mathematical proof and been forced…

Food for thought - retailing business models

Food for thought – retailing business models

It’s possible that the food retailing business models reached a public tipping point today with the announcement by Morrisons that they had adjusted their strategy to compete more directly with the discount players.  Another of the large traditional players Tesco also recently indicated that they were also adjusting their profitability aspirations. The market has been…