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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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What Sets Growth Leaders Apart From Growth Laggards?

What distinguishes growth leaders from growth laggards? In this interview, George Day and Gregory P. Shea discuss how organically growing firms successfully attract, nurture, and retain innovation talent. The commitment to innovation is ingrained in a firm’s culture and organizational structures and processes. Innovation talent is drawn to organizations with these characteristics. 

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3 Biases That Shaped CEOs’ Pandemic Response

This article reports on survey research among the CEOs of over 500 Chinese firms. The research discusses three biases and how they affect CEO decision making during the pandemic. The optimism-versus-pessimism bias impacts aspects like leadership, employee engagement, and messaging. Another source of bias comes from a cost focus – as opposed to a people focus. The third aspect of this research is the short-term-versus-long-term bias, affecting survival of the firm.

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Data Wrapping: A New Way to Increase a Product’s Value Proposition

Data wrapping is the practice of giving data and analytics to customers as product features and customer experiences, with the goal of increasing a product’s value proposition. The users of these data wrapping functionalities are the company’s customers – not the employees. And as this is a customer oriented feature being a part of the product offering, the product road map is lead by product owners – not IT. It is an interesting strategy to monetize data – in a way that extends the product value proposition. 

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The Pandemic is Turbocharging Government Innovation

The pandemic has emphasized the importance of governments to work with the latest innovations and technologies available. Fighting COVID-19 requires data-derived insights and advanced technology to allow quick response to ever-changing conditions. For many government agencies – in the US and elsewhere – shortcomings have come painfully into view. Many countries have responded to the need for modernization by channeling aid packages and funds to government telework, telehealth, cybersecurity and network bandwidth projects. 

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Does Cognitive Bias Influence Your Managerial Decision Making?

Decision making is – mostly – done by humans. And human beings are not necessarily always rational beings. Some of our business decisions are affected by cognitive and organizational biases. McKinsey has collected articles in their “Bias Busters series”, which presents articles on the most common biases and ways you can address them.

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How B2B Marketplaces are Changing Procurement

The unexpected nature showed how many firms were not ready for supply chain disruptions. B2B marketplaces may offer solutions in the reassessment and reconfiguration of supply chains. B2B marketplaces are often building tailored workflow software, which offers the potential for streamlining procurement processes. This article, published on Medium, discusses tailored workflows on three marketplaces: Laserhub, Faire, and Zageno.  

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Diversity Training: Does it Remedy Unconscious Bias?

Racism has, unfortunately, affected businesses for years. Customers, employees, managers, and CEOs all may find themselves in situations in which racism plays a role. Many companies consider sending their employees to a diversity training. But are these diversity programs effective? This article from Knowledge at Wharton – from 2018, but more current than ever – discusses unconscious bias and ways to combat it.  

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Increasing Board Diversity

This article discusses a study that discerns between demographic diversity and cognitive diversity in the context of boardroom composition. It discusses the benefits and drawbacks of both types of diversity for board compositions, and offers recommendations on how to go about recruiting cognitively diverse board members. A key aspect discussed in this article is the difficulty of offering dissenting opinions in discussions in less diverse boards. Cognitive diversity helps to break that pattern. 

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CMO Survey: Special Edition on COVID-19 Impact

The CMO Survey is a tool to collect and disseminate the opinions of top marketers on a variety of topics. This Special Edition, published in June, focuses on understanding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on marketing in companies, including marketing spending, performance, jobs, and expectations for the next year. The added value of the CMO Survey is the longitudinal nature of the research, which allows tracking of opinions, evaluations, and expectations over time. Especially facing a pandemic, the ‘breaks’ in the trends are notable. 

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Technical Note: Quantitative Analysis in Marketing (Gupta)

Effective marketing decision making often requires both qualitative and quantitative analysis. Many marketing analyses across the 4Ps can be supported by quantitative analyses, for example market size estimation, determining economic value to customers, demand generation and customer acquisition with the help of customer lifetime value analysis, channel economics, product cannibalization, market share analysis, and pricing. In this technical Harvard Business School note, Sunil Gupta summarizes how these core metrics are calculated and applied.

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