Many companies manage their business on some geographic basis—whether called districts, territories, markets, regions, or zones— and evaluate metrics and managers correspondingly. It is not uncommon to find large variations in market shares for brands across these geographic markets. These regional skews appear to be ubiquitous across most industries.
If you build it, will they come?
Here is a story of how two electric car companies took two different roads to meet the recharging needs of their customers.
Congratulations, Dave Washburn (EMBA 2009)
Congratulations to David Washburn (EMBA 2009) for being named as the president of the University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF). UTRF is responsible for commercializing technology created by the University of Tennessee faculty. Prior to his move to Tennessee in 2011, David was at the University of Illinois where he was Senior Technology Manager at the Office of Technology Management.
We’re very elated at David’s career progress and wish him continued success.
Are personal computers dead?
An article on cnn.com pronounces that the personal computer is dead. Year-to-year sales have fallen by 14% and hence the grim prognosis.
What can we learn from J.C. Penney''s firing of its CEO?
J. C. Penney fired its CEO Ron Johnson earlier this month and brought back the former CEO. The firing is not surprising given J.C. Penney’s performance slide in the past year. Johnson, the architect of Apple retail stores, was never able to replicate his magic at J.C. Penney’s. Now J.C.Penney’s survival is at stake.