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Almost two years ago, Netflix seemed to have bottomed out. The streaming and DVD rental company raised its prices, resulting in a mass exodus of subscribers, while also launching an ill-fated attempt to separate its two businesses. Yet the firm seems to have bounced back, emerging as the best-performing stock in the S&P 500 index during the first quarter of this year. Wharton experts and others say Netflix achieved this by focusing on its core customer base and committing to a long-term strategy. But in a highly competitive business, they add, innovation remains key.
From: June 05, 2013
Everybody talks about the weather, but these days a lot of people are also figuring out how to make money off it. In many different ways -- on cell phones, at the B2B level, as a hedge tool -- weather is assuming a prime spot in the most innovative parts of the economy.
From: April 10, 2013
Africa is the next frontier for global business, presenting a rare growth opportunity in a stagnant world. But navigating this complex continent with more than 1 billion people can be exceedingly difficult, and many businesses have failed to make a lasting impression in the region. Kenyan business tycoon Manu Chandaria, chairman and CEO of the multi-billion dollar privately held Comcraft Group, explains in an interview with Knowledge@Wharton how he mastered the African market and how others can follow his lead. (Video with transcript)
From: January 30, 2013
After a disappointing holiday season, Barnes & Noble leadership must decide how to retool its strategy to compete with online behemoth Amazon.com. The bookseller has tried to forge a strong digital arm through its Nook e-readers, but Wharton experts say the chain is caught between the need to bolster its in-store experience, and the drive to keep up in an ever-growing tablet market as readers increasingly turn away from printed books.
From: January 16, 2013
In this special report, students from the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies present new perspectives on some of the latest developments in the global economy.
From: January 02, 2013
Germany's beer industry is shrinking -- for a multitude of reasons. The country is undergoing significant demographic changes characterized by a rapidly aging population and low fertility rate. Moreover, the frequency of beer consumption is falling even as beer is viewed by some consumers as a low-end and high-calorie drink. Indeed, many Germans these days prefer wine to beer. But the German beer industry is not disappearing, and some experts suggest a number of steps that can be taken to shore it up.
From: January 02, 2013
In recent times, emerging markets have attracted a great deal of attention from the rest of the world because they have become the motors of global economic growth. This has been accompanied by two trends: a boom in investment from corporations in developed nations, and the rise of homegrown multinationals. A recent book, co-authored by Wharton professor Mauro Guillen -- Emerging Markets Rule: Growth Strategies of the New Global Giants --
analyzes the winning strategies of emerging multinationals as well as the lessons that can be learned from today's more globalized distribution of power.
From: December 17, 2012
For many, implementing an innovation strategy, which requires changes within an organization, means adding layers of new processes. Lisa Bodell, author of Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution
, argues that there are straightforward ways to make change without bogging down the organization. Knowledge@Wharton spoke with Bodell recently about her approach to getting companies to face their vulnerabilities, why taking risks is essential and why small changes make all the difference. (Video with transcript)
From: December 17, 2012
When oil prices spiraled much higher in global markets between 2003 and 2008, the governments of several oil-producing nations responded by seizing the local assets of independent oil companies that had contracted to operate in their territories. What kinds of contracts between the governments of oil-rich nations and international oil companies have been the most effective in minimizing that risk? And how can contracts be structured to benefit both local governments and foreign investors? Recent Wharton research provides some answers.
From: November 20, 2012
The theme of the recent 2012 Wharton Management Conference -- "Changing the Game: Leadership in Crisis" -- is an apt one for the auto industry. Daniel Ammann, CFO of General Motors, addressed leadership issues in a keynote presentation at the conference and in a podcast with Wharton's John Paul MacDuffie, during which he discussed upcoming product launches, the struggling auto industry in Europe and a strong partnership in China. (Podcast with transcript)
From: October 24, 2012
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