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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Addressing Society’s Sustainability Challenges

Just over a week ago, the Yale School of Management organized their Business Sustainability Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The conference was held virtually as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Several business leaders shared details on the sustainability initiatives deployed at their organizations.

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Leading Sales Teams Through Uncertainty

What works for selling in times of economic expansion is not what works for selling in times of crisis. In addition, between 25% and 50% of the sales professionals in US companies never had to sell during an economic downturn… and thus, ready experience on dealing with selling in crisis is not abundant. This Harvard Business Review article on leading sales teams through uncertain times describes three principles that were useful during the 2001 crisis.

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On Black Swan Events in the Semiconductor Industry

The influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on the electronics industry is far reaching – and especially significant on the semiconductor industry. Deloitte covers the pandemic and describes how COVID-19 might become a black swan event – an unpredictable evens with potentially severe consequences. The report describes how the current crisis might drive the semiconductor industry to transform its global supply chain. 

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Which Problems to Solve With Blockchain Technology

Knowing how blockchain technology can support organizations’ strategies is important to avoid making costly investments – and to avoid missing out on valuable opportunities. In this article, Toppo Felin and Karim Lakhani describe the basic distributed digital ledger technology underlying blockchain. Next, the authors describe which types of problems can be solved with blockchain technology. Examples include payment for intellectual property rights, the establishment of historical ownership of tangible products, and the tracing of raw materials and components across the supply chain.

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Penn State’s Center of Supply Chain Research COVID-19 Resources

One of the research institutes at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State is the Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR). The CSCR website offers a wealth of COVID-19 resources focused on supply chain management, including weekly presentations and recordings, as well as a curated collection of websites, research, and recordings.

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Winning Strategies for B2B Marketers Facing Tough (Or Even Easy) Times

During turbulent times when you’re not sure what to do, it helps to remember that this won’t last forever. Step back from the anxiety with action. Gather your data and your teams and prepare to come out on the other side in a stronger position. ISBM B2B Pulse brings you timely (timeless) advice from Director Emeritus, Dr. Gary Lilien. In his article ‘Winning Strategies fro B2B Marketers Facing Tough (Or Even Easy) TImes’, Gary Lilien describes three actions that firms will likely take to come out of this crisis healthier than before.

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How to Develop Resilient Organizations

Managing dynamic and unpredictable challenges is hard, and stands in great contrasts with the efficiency-focus that dominates stable environments. However, the world has been seriously shaken up, and the new magic word seems to be ‘resilience’ – the ability to survive and thrive through unpredictable, changing, and potentially unfavorable events. In a Harvard Business Review article discusses crisis response for businesses and offer 12 pieces of advice.

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Ideation When Social Distancing

Many employees are practicing social distancing by working from home. This new environment prevents the free flow of ideas, especially those originating from informal hallway conversations and coffee breaks. The lack of ideas coming from the organization hurts innovation processes and quite frankly, the main operations and firm practice too. How can we maintain the flow of ideas at a (social) distance? This article offers advice on maintaining connection, interaction, and idea generation in virtual settings.

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ISBM Thoughtleadership: Marketing in Uncertain Times

In partnership with EMM Group, the corporate ISBM partner has put together the attached tutorial on how marketers should revisit their plans and rapidly assess the major shifts occurring in your marketplace. As marketers, you are well positioned to exert your value and help shape the near-term direction of your firm. The tutorial references several valuable tools assembled into a toolkit that can be sent to you upon your request. In order to receive the toolkit, respond as instructed in this tutorial. 

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