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Clarifying Strategic
Positioning:
An RBL Approach
2
Two levels of strategy
Enterprise Strategy:
Business Strategy:
3
Enterprise strategy is a clearly defined choice
from three possible enterprise models
Holding
Company
(example)
Tata Group
Chemical Motors SteelPower
Allied
Business
(example)
Honda
Honda-
Jet
Honda
Marine
Honda
Auto
Honda
Power
sports
Honda
Power
equip.
Single
Business
(example)
McDonalds
Store
MNGRS
Fin MRKTHR
Enterprise Model is the fundamental way a
corporation chooses to organize to carry out its
vision and manage the portfolio. It clarifies how
many businesses you are in. It provides the
framework for how business and functional units
relate to each other, which capabilities and
processes are shared or leveraged and who
“owns” and is accountable for the business
strategies. It provides a framework for corporate
governance and fiduciary responsibilities.
Most corporations use a variation on one of the
following three Enterprise Models:
4
Contrasting Enterprise Models: What is different?
Holding Company Allied Integrated/Single Business
Business strategy Each business Each business One
Customers Independent Some shared Same
Corporate role
Resource allocation and
Financial Roll-up/Analysis
Define what is shared; find
leverage across businesses
Run the business
Human capital Independent Some shared Common
Systems A few common – most different Some common Common
Enabling processes Decentralized Combination Centralized
Functional strategy Separate for each business
Each business, plus
enterprise plan
Single
5
Implications of NOT clarifying enterprise model
Not Effective
• Leaders optimize business/function and sub-
optimize enterprise
• Power and politics play larger role in senior
executive relationships: Execs on different pages
about what success looks like
• Support organizations unable to optimize impact-
too many or too few programs, initiatives, not
aligned
• More siloed: Brand promises are harder to deliver
• Potential for customer confusion
Not Efficient
• Ongoing confusion over what work is centralized and
what work is embedded in a business or product line
• Overspend on both corporate and business support
functions
• Difficult to ensure whole is greater than sum of parts-
not sharing “right” things
• Priorities unclear. Everything is important: lack logic
for making tradeoffs and driving efficiencies
• Misguided intention to invest more in areas that don’t
matter
6
Two levels of strategy
Business Strategy:
Enterprise Strategy:
7
Business Strategy is determined by two
key decisions:
Competitive
Advantage f(x)
The set of technical capabilities
that the business will leverage
to create advantage. It
determines what you will do
and how you will grow.
The dimension by which the
businesses capabilities create
distinctiveness for the firm in the eyes
of the customer. How you do it.
Business
Focus (a)
Customer Value
Proposition (b)
1 2
8
Businesses grow by focusing on increasing
revenues from one of five focus areas
Customer/ market Distribution Product/Service Production capacity Technology
• Anchored to a class/set
of users
• Identifying customer /
market segment needs
is a crucial capability
• Multiple products made
to satisfy the same
customers / market
segments
• Product “destiny” is in
customer’s / market’s
hands
• Unique way of
getting products /
services to the
customers
• Sell anything that
can be pushed
through the
distribution process
• Leverage many
products in channel
• Tied to a product or
service
• Future products
resemble current and
past products
• Future products
derivative of existing
products
• Leverage across
multiple customers
• Maximize utilization of
assets or a resource
or a system or a
capability
• “Keep it running” or
“keep it full”
• Optimize unit cost
• Full capacity is the
key to profitability
• Ability to apply a
technological
capability to create or
improve products or
services
• Solutions looking for
problems
• Market creation is a
key capability
Decisions on Business focus answer key questions like: How will the organization generate new
growth? What part of the industry value-chain will the firm “anchor” and build internal capabilities
that deliver customer needs and create advantage over the competition?
9
Businesses differentiate from competitors by
providing different kinds of value to customers
Innovation Quality Service Speed Price
Capability to continually
reinvent product/
service and be first to
market with new
concepts or
functionality
Capability to deliver
highest quality products
or services versus
customer specifications
Capability to assist
customer in the use of
the product or service
and make it easy for the
customer to do
business with the
organization
Capability to provide
fastest products and
services to the
customer
Capability to sustain
lowest overall cost or
price
Customer Value Proposition answers the question of: How will the firm differentiate itself in the eyes of
the customer – measured in terms of the factors that the market uses to evaluate all suppliers?
10
RBL’s Business Strategic Options Matrix allows leaders to
compare their strategic positioning with competitors
BUSINESS
FOCUS
CUSTOMER VALUE PROPOSITION
Price Quality Speed Service Innovation
Customer/Market
Distribution
Product/Service
Production Capacity
Technology
As you review your organization’s
plot on the strategic options matrix
compared with competitors, ask
yourself these questions:
• Have we created a unique and
sustainable position for our
organization?
• What capabilities are required to
deliver this strategy? Are we world
class in those areas?
• Do we have the right capabilities
and are we investing in the right
areas to ensure future growth?
• If this exercise were given to the
leaders/employees of our
organization, how consistent would
the responses be?
11
Implications of NOT clarifying business strategy
• Stalled growth – chasing too many opportunities
– Ongoing confusion on what to opportunities to pursue how to invest for growth
– Continually changing priorities
• Difficult for employees to see how their contribution contributes to where the organization is headed
• Greatly inhibits speed and agility because the direction is not clear
• Excessive battles over how resources should be allocated – political power often wins over strategic logic
• Inability to build distinctive capabilities
12
If You Have Ongoing Concerns With….
Tensions between how to optimize your business versus optimizing your functions
Confusion over what work is best centralized and what work is best embedded in the business
Executives who are on a different page about what success looks like
Differing or unclear views on what makes you distinctive and why customers choose your products and services
Continually changing priorities and difficulty reaching agreement on resource allocation
…clarifying your enterprise and/or business strategy will position you to win.
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Clarifying Strategic Positioning: An RBL Approach

  • 2. 2 Two levels of strategy Enterprise Strategy: Business Strategy:
  • 3. 3 Enterprise strategy is a clearly defined choice from three possible enterprise models Holding Company (example) Tata Group Chemical Motors SteelPower Allied Business (example) Honda Honda- Jet Honda Marine Honda Auto Honda Power sports Honda Power equip. Single Business (example) McDonalds Store MNGRS Fin MRKTHR Enterprise Model is the fundamental way a corporation chooses to organize to carry out its vision and manage the portfolio. It clarifies how many businesses you are in. It provides the framework for how business and functional units relate to each other, which capabilities and processes are shared or leveraged and who “owns” and is accountable for the business strategies. It provides a framework for corporate governance and fiduciary responsibilities. Most corporations use a variation on one of the following three Enterprise Models:
  • 4. 4 Contrasting Enterprise Models: What is different? Holding Company Allied Integrated/Single Business Business strategy Each business Each business One Customers Independent Some shared Same Corporate role Resource allocation and Financial Roll-up/Analysis Define what is shared; find leverage across businesses Run the business Human capital Independent Some shared Common Systems A few common – most different Some common Common Enabling processes Decentralized Combination Centralized Functional strategy Separate for each business Each business, plus enterprise plan Single
  • 5. 5 Implications of NOT clarifying enterprise model Not Effective • Leaders optimize business/function and sub- optimize enterprise • Power and politics play larger role in senior executive relationships: Execs on different pages about what success looks like • Support organizations unable to optimize impact- too many or too few programs, initiatives, not aligned • More siloed: Brand promises are harder to deliver • Potential for customer confusion Not Efficient • Ongoing confusion over what work is centralized and what work is embedded in a business or product line • Overspend on both corporate and business support functions • Difficult to ensure whole is greater than sum of parts- not sharing “right” things • Priorities unclear. Everything is important: lack logic for making tradeoffs and driving efficiencies • Misguided intention to invest more in areas that don’t matter
  • 6. 6 Two levels of strategy Business Strategy: Enterprise Strategy:
  • 7. 7 Business Strategy is determined by two key decisions: Competitive Advantage f(x) The set of technical capabilities that the business will leverage to create advantage. It determines what you will do and how you will grow. The dimension by which the businesses capabilities create distinctiveness for the firm in the eyes of the customer. How you do it. Business Focus (a) Customer Value Proposition (b) 1 2
  • 8. 8 Businesses grow by focusing on increasing revenues from one of five focus areas Customer/ market Distribution Product/Service Production capacity Technology • Anchored to a class/set of users • Identifying customer / market segment needs is a crucial capability • Multiple products made to satisfy the same customers / market segments • Product “destiny” is in customer’s / market’s hands • Unique way of getting products / services to the customers • Sell anything that can be pushed through the distribution process • Leverage many products in channel • Tied to a product or service • Future products resemble current and past products • Future products derivative of existing products • Leverage across multiple customers • Maximize utilization of assets or a resource or a system or a capability • “Keep it running” or “keep it full” • Optimize unit cost • Full capacity is the key to profitability • Ability to apply a technological capability to create or improve products or services • Solutions looking for problems • Market creation is a key capability Decisions on Business focus answer key questions like: How will the organization generate new growth? What part of the industry value-chain will the firm “anchor” and build internal capabilities that deliver customer needs and create advantage over the competition?
  • 9. 9 Businesses differentiate from competitors by providing different kinds of value to customers Innovation Quality Service Speed Price Capability to continually reinvent product/ service and be first to market with new concepts or functionality Capability to deliver highest quality products or services versus customer specifications Capability to assist customer in the use of the product or service and make it easy for the customer to do business with the organization Capability to provide fastest products and services to the customer Capability to sustain lowest overall cost or price Customer Value Proposition answers the question of: How will the firm differentiate itself in the eyes of the customer – measured in terms of the factors that the market uses to evaluate all suppliers?
  • 10. 10 RBL’s Business Strategic Options Matrix allows leaders to compare their strategic positioning with competitors BUSINESS FOCUS CUSTOMER VALUE PROPOSITION Price Quality Speed Service Innovation Customer/Market Distribution Product/Service Production Capacity Technology As you review your organization’s plot on the strategic options matrix compared with competitors, ask yourself these questions: • Have we created a unique and sustainable position for our organization? • What capabilities are required to deliver this strategy? Are we world class in those areas? • Do we have the right capabilities and are we investing in the right areas to ensure future growth? • If this exercise were given to the leaders/employees of our organization, how consistent would the responses be?
  • 11. 11 Implications of NOT clarifying business strategy • Stalled growth – chasing too many opportunities – Ongoing confusion on what to opportunities to pursue how to invest for growth – Continually changing priorities • Difficult for employees to see how their contribution contributes to where the organization is headed • Greatly inhibits speed and agility because the direction is not clear • Excessive battles over how resources should be allocated – political power often wins over strategic logic • Inability to build distinctive capabilities
  • 12. 12 If You Have Ongoing Concerns With…. Tensions between how to optimize your business versus optimizing your functions Confusion over what work is best centralized and what work is best embedded in the business Executives who are on a different page about what success looks like Differing or unclear views on what makes you distinctive and why customers choose your products and services Continually changing priorities and difficulty reaching agreement on resource allocation …clarifying your enterprise and/or business strategy will position you to win.
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