Dumbest business decision of the decade

78 x served & 12 x viewedThe Swedish business paper "Dagens Industri" has listed ten candidates for the not so flattering distinction "dumbest business decisions of the decade" in Sweden. Stora Enso tops the list for the decision to acquire Consolidated Papers for EUR 4.9 billion in the year 2000....

Sports beat Paper!

46 x served & 7 x viewedPaper industry has lost almost its entire glow, the recent recession almost wiping out any remaining aura. Earlier on, even visiting groups of students were treated with good food and drink. Nowadays, they are often not even welcome since there are no resources to...

Failing algorithm

70 x served & 9 x viewedAmazon has prospered from their amazing algorithms that keep track of customer preferences. This way, they have been able to recommend books based on earlier buys and what other buyers of the same books have bought. But today, I received a recommendation to buy...

No newspapers on Amazon Kindle?

112 x served & 9 x viewedRupert Murdoch has indicated Newscorp will probably not publish with the Amazon Kindle device in the future. Amazon keeping what is thought to be 70% of the revenue is not a fair deal to him. The same attitude seems to hold for Australian Fairfax...

Old media is dying…

80 x served & 10 x viewedThe classic oldtimer magazine Reader's Digest is going bankrupt. Or maybe it is more correct to say that the Reader’s Digest Association is trying to survive after reaching an agreement with its creditors to reduce debt. So the magazine will maybe survive under bankruptcy...

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Rival logo illuminated through red wine

99 x served & 17 x viewedTaken by surprise I had a glass of Italian red with a rock star at the Rival bar in Stockholm. He put his glass on the paper napkin, and to our amazement the printed logo was coloured red by a spotlight shining through the...

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Victory of “Dead-Tree” Communication

76 x served & 9 x viewedAccording to a recent report in Knowledge@Wharton, marketing in print is so much more effective than in digital media. Actually, it is the print that drives the traffic to the web sites! The findings were supported by several comments to the article. The report was...

Digital media are overrated!

64 x served & 17 x viewedAn IT researcher at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT) told me that the digital media as web and e-mail are overrated. Paper and print ar often superior. But we are lacking (simple) tools to create printed products (user-generated print media). Unfortunately, there...

What is innovativeness?

174 x served & 128 x viewedI asked Rolf Jensen (of Dream Company): What do we actually mean with INNOVATIVENESS? Can it at all be measured? What does it take to define a person, a group, a company or a region (city/country) as truly innovative? Rolf Jensen answered: Dear Petter...

Can an old company turn modern?

79 x served & 13 x viewedI read Gary Hamel's new book The Future of Management with enthusiasm and frustration. He sets the tone already in the preface with the following statement: Most companies have a roughly similar management hierarchy (a cascade of EVPs, SVPs, and VPs). They have analogous...