Category Archives: Strategy

Innovation of Distribution and Retail in Italy’s Publishing Industry

Innovation in Distribution and Retail of the Publishing Industry in Italy should focus on integration of old and new channels to target correctly customer needs and allow sales to grow again. INTRODUCTION This short analysis suggests how integration between traditional and new channels will address the slow growth in sales of the last 5 years…. Read More »

Property Portfolio Management, Portfolio Structure – Part IV

Pension investing is more a process of matching assets to liabilities, with the ultimate objective being to pay retirement income. Usually a young plan can afford greater risk because of longer time horizons. The solvency of pensions and insurers suffered as yields fell because it increased the present value of their liabilities, which were difficult… Read More »

Property Portfolio Management, Property Role in Multi Asset Portfolio – Part III

1. Property Role in Multi Asset Portfolio Canada’s public pension funds (CPP Inv. Board, PSP Inv. and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan for instance) own assets all over the world, including property in Manhattan, utilities in Chile, international airports and railway connecting London to the Channel with returns well above 10%. They brought most of their… Read More »

Property Portfolio Management, Considerations for future investments – Part II

The economic performance of today’s cities and regions could suggest a profitable strategy of investment. Clearly the outcomes of the different effects of globalization on any region or country will depend on the structure and history of the region, the actual scale of the local technological and institutional changes, the existing spatial structure and the… Read More »

Property Portfolio Management, An Introduction – Part I

Real estate equity portfolio or funds management differs radically from managing equity, bond or mutual funds in that real estate managers are not only responsible for asset allocation, risk management and transaction supervision, but also for managing the execution of asset strategy. Unlike equity managers, who research companies and manage the probabilities that they can… Read More »

Balanced Scorecard and Strategy Map – Part IV

9. Starwood propositions and strategy map. Starwood vision: become the worldwide hotel and leisure business, focused on customer experience and pleasure. · Financial proposition: increase shareholder value, increase revenue and defend from competitors. · Customer proposition: experience driven journey, explore new ways to serve customer. · Internal process proposition: increase presence worldwide, reinforce segment leadership,… Read More »

Balanced Scorecard and Strategy Map – Part III

6. Measuring competition and performance. In this industry the most commonly used method to project performance is fair-share analysis, in which a percentage of market capture is estimated for the subject based on the number of rooms in the subject divided by the total number of rooms in the market. Projected market share must be… Read More »

Balanced Scorecard and Strategy Map – Part II

4. Product main categories. Most hotels appeal to multiple consumer segments, anyway it is important to state the main segments used in the industry: service level, physical and functional characteristics, location and price. Full-service hotels offer a wide range of services, including valet parking, luggage assistance, concierge services, gift shops, fitness centers, business centers, three-meal… Read More »

Balanced Scorecard and Strategy Map – Part I

The Balanced Scorecard approach has been pioneered by Prof. Robert Kaplan and Dr David Norton. At the highest conceptual level, it helps organizations translate strategy into a set of linked operational objectives that drive both behavior and performance. The Strategy Map is the blueprint that guides users through the process of developing the right set… Read More »