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Managing the Global to Local Paradox

Managing the Global to Local Paradox

When reflecting on why certain systems behave the way they do, we regularly look for patterns of conflict among strategic resources within the organization.  Strategic resources are those resources that management knows are important to the survival and long-term health of the organization.  This conflict among strategic resources often seems to be due in great […]

Optimizing the Organizational Design of ...

Optimizing the Organizational Design of a Typical Upstream Exploration and Production Company

In the petroleum business, the acquisition, exploration, and production functions are highly interrelated, yet they usually are conceptualized and managed as independent areas. Much of this separation is because of the very complex nature of both exploration and production operations. Another is that, financially, most companies evaluate exploration opportunities separately from production opportunities.  To break through this traditional barrier, an […]

Creating Value with Strategic Resources

Creating Value with Strategic Resources

Why do people have such a difficult time identifying the resources that create value for their organization? Our experience shows that this difficulty stems from a lack of understanding of how resources act together to create value. [box type=”info”]Puente, Luz Maria, and Hal Rabbino. 2003. Creating Value with Strategic Resources, The Connector: Connecting Systems Thinkers Around the […]

Managing from Clarity: Identifying, Alig...

Managing from Clarity: Identifying, Aligning and Leveraging Strategic Resources

In searching for the organizational ‘magic’ that makes some businesses thrive and other fail, management gurus, academic seers and business leaders strive to articulate a single reason for success. Managers are then faced with analyzing numerous findings and trying to integrate the best elements from each view that makes sense to them. Managing from Clarity […]

Toward a Dynamic Theory of Antibiotic Re...

Toward a Dynamic Theory of Antibiotic Resistance

Many common bacterial pathogens have become increasingly resistant to the antibiotics used to treat them. The evidence suggests that the essential cause of the problem is the extensive and often inappropriate use of antibiotics, a practice that encourages the proliferation of resistant mutant strains of bacteria while suppressing the susceptible strains. However, it is not […]