strategic alliances

OK, so smack-down is more appropriately a World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly known as WWF) term . . . but I was intrigued to learn from mma-zone.com that Spike TV, a division of MTV Networks, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization have agreed to a new, three-year extension of their strategic partnership.  The deal maintains […]

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Being married to a Mets fan(atic), I have had to follow baseball by necessity (believe me, things could be worse!).    So with this post, I get to “marry” my interest in strategic alliances with the sport! The Boston Red Sox have officially formed a strategic alliance with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball […]

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Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) and Kingfisher Airlines, one of the fastest growing airlines in India, announced last week that they entered into a comprehensive partnership for frequent flyer and airport lounge access reciprocity. In the effort to provide better service to customers who travel between India and the U.S., the airlines are also offering future […]

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There’s more to doing business with your nonprofit organization than just the disclosure required for “interested transactions” and avoiding a conflict of interest when making decisions on the organization’s behalf. As a board member, your status is similar to a trustee. The organization’s money is not yours to spend as you please. You are a […]

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In my opinion, there are few more delectable words in the English language than . . . chocolate.    So it’s with great enjoyment that I learned of the sweet new strategic supply and innovation alliance between The Hershey Company and Barry Callebaut.  The companies will collaborate on a number of activities including the construction […]

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Nissan and NBC recently announced a significant marketing partnership to promote NBC’s hot new series, “Heroes“.  Ordinarily, I’d say, “promoting a car on TV — so what?”  But I happen to l-o-v-e the series, an epic drama that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities . . . and whose […]

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Don’t partner up with anyone until you ask yourself these 10 questions. Strategic alliances: They’re great when used effectively to expand the range of your product or service offerings; they’re not so great when you collect them like Manolo Blahnik shoes, merely because, well, everyone else has them. “Strategic alliance” is a chic but vague […]

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So you’re hot to trot with a strategic alliance.  You’ve chosen the alliance partner; you’ve decided what you want to do.  What can go wrong now?  How about looking at whether your employees are on board with the whole thing? For any of you who have ever golfed (or seen a golf course), the experience […]

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Although my low-maintenance husband would disagree, I’m a relatively simple gal. Yes, I may pile too many obligations on my plate and you need a 3-D scorecard to keep track of all of my meetings and projects. But when it comes to technology, I’m a late adopter. Give me a book, fresh with the smell […]

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A recent study has found that when companies are linked in a network of strategic alliance relationships with only a few degrees of separation, they are more innovative. Jointly conducted by the University of Washington and New York University, and as reported in Science Daily, the researchers examined the pattern or structure of strategic alliance […]

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