Archives from May 2013

Thomas Davenport on Keeping Up with the Quants

How one company focused on analytics for massive shareholder profit.

May 31, 2013 / Podcast # 13-11

Thomas Davenport

Thomas Davenport, business analytics expert, believes that analytics are an important decision-making tool for all levels of an organization. Everyone has received credit card offers in the mail from Capital One but not everyone realizes that our response to those offers is carefully monitored. If a 12.9 percent balance transfer offer doesn’t generate a response, soon a 12.8 offer will arrive in the mail. If a red envelope doesn’t get someone’s attention, soon a blue envelope will arrive. Capital One doesn’t stop there, continuing to keep track of their customers so they know that it is a valued customer on the phone to close their account and that they should be transferred to a customer service specialist right away who can make deals and keep the customer. This focus on analytics even on the front-side of the company has returned more value to Capital One shareholders than any other company in the United States. That is just one example of a company using analytics to help make faster, more informed decisions.

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Pamela Ryckman

Traditionally men have dominated the C-suite with one token spot open for a woman, if that. This made it nearly impossible for women to network within their organization as, at the end of the day, only one of them would get the corner office. This forced women to network outside their companies but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise: women made different connections that led to unexpected lateral career moves, paving their own way to success.Pamela Ryckman, author of the book Stiletto Network, investigated this trend and talks about how modern women network and achieve success, starting from the entry level and moving up.

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Robert Atkinson on Innovation Economics

May 3, 2013 / Podcast # 13-09

Robert Atkinson

Lately, American business has stagnated, resorting to short sighted strategies and opting to take inexpensive or safer quick fixes rather than analyzing and fixing the root of a problem. Robert Atkinson thinks US could to learn from their global neighbors such as France, Germany, Finland, and Korea and study how their focus on innovation has made them leaders in the business world. American business can turn this trend around by following Atkinson’s 3 main factors that facilitate a healthy successful environment for innovation to get America back on to the list of top innovators.

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