University St. Thomas Spring Seminar

 

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Understanding the new frontiers in corporate strategy and innovation was a key theme University St. Thomas Spring Seminar focusing on Risk Leadership.  The event was hosted April 25, 2018 on the UST campus located in downtown Minneapolis Minnesota.  The event featured keynote speakers and several breakout tracks focusing on Risk Leadership and Risk Managment.   The attendees were primarily senior practitioners from twin cities corporations, as well as, SMEs from consulting firms and university students are in the UST Risk Management programs.

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Mass Exits From the S&P500

Screen Shot 2018-01-03 at 2.12.33 PM.pngAs the speed of business and disruption of innovation increase so does the rate that long-standing companies are being replaced in the S&P500.  The rise of the internet is an example of a game-changing disruption that has seen the rise of many new business models like Amazon or Netflix.   Traditional companies,  not used to change as a core competency of their business, have struggled to adapt and are often left behind before they even understand the shift that has occurred.   By the 1950s,  many companies would last 50-60 years in the S&P.  In that past decade, that number has dropped to around 15-17 years.   Currently, the churn rate is around 75% with today’s S&P being fully replaced by 2030.

Source: Professor Richard N. Foster, co-author of Creative Destruction

China takes a closer look at Apple app store

 

Screen Shot 2018-01-02 at 4.49.07 PM.png Apple has enjoyed access to the Chinese market in where other major use companies like Facebook and Google have been blocked.  Now China is taking a closer look at how Apple is competing within its market.  Developers have enjoyed building local apps for the Chinese markets.   Now threats are coming from multiple sides.  A law firm representing several dozen developers have asked the Chinese government to look to see if Apple is violating and anti-trust laws or regulatory pricing in the app store.  Large internet giant company, Tencent Holdings, has also had public friction with Apple.   Local device manufacture’s devices are scavenging market share as Apple has struggled to meet the demand from waiting consumers for new iPhones.   This increased scrutiny has caused Apple to continue to shift its business model towards services vs. a primary focus on devices alone.   If the Chinese government intervenes with new regulation or penalties to Apple it could set a new president for US companies to compete in China’s markets.