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B2B Pulse: Content Library

The ISBM Pulse content library contains archived copies of previous member meeting presentations, webinars, courses, articles/reports, and a multitude of other knowledge. This material is freely available for our ISBM members.

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Book: Grow the Pie

The book, ‘Grow the Pie, by London Business School Professor of Finance Alex Edmans, sets apart the concept of ‘growing the pie’ from the notion of ‘splitting the pie’. The latter suggests that anything a company gives to stakeholders such as increased wages, price reduction, or a better treatment of the environment lowers company profit. A ‘splitting the pie’ approach results in friction, and a trade-off focus. An alternative is the ‘grow the pie’ approach. The main idea is that if companies deliver value to stakeholders, this will actually benefit investors.

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Book: The Technology Fallacy

This book focuses on the organizational changes needed to harness the power of technology – with special attention to the people factor. Per the authors, the best way to respond to digital disruption is by changing the company culture to be more agile, risk tolerant, and experimental. Digital transformation involves leadership, talent development, culture, organization, and strategy.

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Book: Pricing in a Crisis Playbook

We are heading towards a recession that may be worse than the Great Recession following the 9/11 attacks. Depending on scientific progress, we may be in a downturn for many months to come. Price pressure is inevitable in a downturn. Joanne Smith, who lead the corporate pricing organization of Dupont in the five years before and during the 2009 recession, has written a very timely book on how to price in a recession: “Pricing in a Crisis Playbook: A Practical B2B Guide for Pricing with Confidence in a Crisis or Recession”.

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An ISBM Reading List for These Uncertain Times

Earlier this month, during one of the town hall meetings on ‘Marketing in Uncertain Times’, ISBM’s Ralph Oliva shared he was working on a reading list for B2B marketing managers. The reading list, curated by Ralph, is split up into brand new readings, thought-provoking reads, and classics, and includes links to marketplaces. Ralph’s advice: “Many of us collecting a “stack of books” that we are going to “get around to reading”… but the time to do so is always a challenge. Perhaps, you have some additional time now, and maybe you can add some good reading to your current “stay in place” routine.”  

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Book: The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can’t Do

One of the key promises of the internet and big data is increased efficiency: we can improve processes and routines faster than ever before. However, there is a downside. Too much efficiency can kill creativity, which hurts organization innovation and problem solving. In his book ‘The Efficiency Paradox’, Edward Tenner discusses the limits of big data while making the case for serendipity and intuition.

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