Tagged with strategy

jamming square pegs into round holes?

jamming square pegs into round holes?

From the days of Ford’s Model T, standardization has been a powerful force in successful strategy. Ford’s original insights on standardization had to do with ease of assembly and service to lower costs, but I’ve noticed two examples recently where standards inside a product line have created formidable competitive advantages. According to Farhad Manjoo’s article … Continue reading

balancing growth and character

balancing growth and character

Having just returned from settling a daughter into a new apartment in Madison, Wisconsin, I was unsurprised to learn that the city tops Kiplinger’s ranking of best places for young adults.  With a metro area population of 568,593 and unemployment just under 5%, Madison offers a respite from the national economy’s chill winds, if not … Continue reading