Strategy, Constraints, and Compulsions

Business strategy is more easily understandable when we deconstruct the unique constraints and compulsions that companies operate under.

Catalysts impact business and public entities in multiple sectors, but the impact for each sector is different. For example, businesses in the automotive, defense, and energy industries are all impacted by the growing trend towards urbanization and larger cities, but they need to make different strategic decisions to adapt based on the specifics of their industry. Deep understanding of global catalysts is valuable in its own right, but becomes truly powerful when combined with industry-specific context that allows companies to understand how catalysts will change their industry and what they need to do to adapt. See more about aerospace and defense, energy and natural resources, transportation and logistics, infrastructure and construction, consumer products, and a variety of other industries.

Local, state, national, and in some cases international government institutions have the complex and often daunting responsibility to manage change at scale. Many of these catalysts will impact fundamental components of societies – from work and services requirements, to education and family structures. Governments at all levels will need to be proactive and decisive about confronting the realities of change to ensure that the are able to fulfill their mandates and provide services for their citizens. See more about government.

Technology has historically been a dual-edged sword, providing new tools for destruction alongside improvements for health and quality of life. The next iteration of transformational technologies will be no different, and will create new and exacerbate old global security challenges. In the modern world of asymmetric conflict and shortening cycles of innovation, it is critical that national security organizations worldwide be proactive to ensure that they stay ahead of widely available disruptive technologies. The consequences for failing to innovate, even for a few years, are greater now than ever before. See more about national security.

Catalysts impact the developed world in a different fashion than the developing world. While the most important impacts must be understood locally at the city, state, or regional level, it is helpful to categorically understand the different ways global catalysts impact developed and developing countries. See more about the developed and developing world.


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