3 Strategies for Overcoming the Threat of Disruption

The fact that the average lifespan of companies is shortening, having gone from roughly 61 years in 1958 to 25 years in 1980 to just 18 years in 2011, is evidence that the global business sphere is indeed changing faster than ever. Not only is competition getting more intense, but disruption can now come in the most unexpected of ways and from the most unexpected of places.

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Are Middle-Market Retailers Headed for Extinction?

Brick-and-mortar retailers are still going strong, 20 years after the invention of the World Wide Web. But, researchers caution, as the U.S. population becomes increasingly more saturated with digital natives, we can expect retail stores to “go the way of the dodo bird,” according to a recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of CIT, a financial services firm.

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5 Reasons Your Company Needs a Patent Strategy

The patent system has gotten a pretty poor reputation of late, especially among businesses that have been targeted by patent trolls hoping to extort a quick settlement from them. But CEOs and other senior executives should remember that even if the occasional troll can game the system to extort an innocent business, patents themselves—and a strategy for how to employ them to achieve critical business objectives—are often essential to a company’s success.

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