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Rebalancing Your Organization: Small Adjustments Can Make Big Differences

Leaders of all organizations – companies, government agencies and non-profits – must constantly decide when and how to adapt their organizations to shifting environments. External market changes, as well as internal developments, can render legacy organizational structures, processes, and norms progressively less effective. Too many times, the first responses to these challenges are ad hoc tweaks, or conversely, major reorganizations. Avascent’s Balanced Organization approach offers a structured, effective way for change-ready leaders to think about when and how to readily adapt their organizations to meet evolving challenges.

Avascent’s Aleksandar Jovovic writes in National Defense magazine observes that recent years have witnessed joint defense procurement initiatives, extending beyond NATO to include countries such as India. However, growth in collaborative defense projects has remained modest, hampered by the same decades-old challenges. Bearing in mind the defense spending outlook across the alliance, U.S. and European firms have little choice but to position for additional joint development and procurement efforts. While opportunities are unlikely to be huge and despite the added challenges of multiple stakeholders, shifting needs and competing technical requirements, some moderate- to large-scale efforts are unlikely to move forward without bilateral or multilateral funding in the coming years.

Despite a growing sense of crisis, water remains a precious commodity few talk about. But this silence is not indicative of a lack of business opportunity—quite the contrary. Technology, engineering, and utility firms worldwide are getting their feet wet literally, working in close coordination with governments and development organizations to provide clean and safe access …

Aerospace and defense companies face an unprecedented challenge as the foreign markets essential to topline growth impose new offset requirements that are stricter, larger, and more complex than ever before. Unfortunately, few firms have implemented a strategic approach to fulfilling their offset obligations. Download the complete article: The Half-Trillion Dollar Challenge.

Companies across most every commercial sector are scrambling to capitalize on opportunities created by the massive wave of “Big Data”. With total data growing at 40 percent per year (EMC), firms as diverse as IBM, Citigroup, Amazon and Wal-Mart have all made managing and analyzing “Big Data” central to their strategies. The potential payoff is …

By Christina Balis Director, Avascent Europe Download:  Financial markets’ initial reaction to France’s election of François Hollande was a blend of apprehension and resignation. The response elsewhere, including in most european capitals, was similarly mixed, reflecting lingering concerns about France’s commitment to balancing its budget but also early acceptance to the arrival of France’s new …

As defense budgets flatten and decline in traditional US and European domestic markets, emerging international markets are becoming an increasingly important component of future growth forecasts for leading global aerospace & defense companies. While international expansion presents a number of challenges for firms, one that stands out is navigating the complex, changing, and frequently opaque …