Author: Peter Wilson, Sue Bates
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The Essential Guide To Managing Small Business Growth
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A cliche it may be but we are living in ever more turbulent times. Business decision-making has become more challenging and unpredictable than ever: we see unforeseen and often cataclysmic changes in consumer demand, both at home and in export markets; customers continue to demand more, more quickly and for less; new laws and regulations abound; competitors steal loyal customers; and, increasingly, the advice that once could be found from a ‘Small Business Adviser’ has been replaced by a call centre.
Can be used as a continuous read or a source of ides for dealing with the day-to-day problems of running and growing a small business
Based on the practical experience of the authors with examples taken from consulting practice
Table of Contents
Managing Business Growth.
Making the transition.
The relevance of management theory to growing business.
Managing effectively and efficiently.
Setting realistic goals.
Synopsis of the book.
Making Sense of Strategy.
Strategic issues: Setting the scene.
The Titanic: A salutary lesson in strategy.
Review of current performance.
Analysing competitive forces.
Market segmentation: Defining customer behaviour.
Strategic marketing analysis.
Defining core competences.
Completing the strategic review: SWOT analysis.
Phase 1: setting out the options.
Phase 2: evaluating the options.
The chosen strategy.
Stretching your organization.
Organic growth vs merger or acquisition .
Marketing for Profit.
Profiling the custoner.
Competitor analysis and distinctive competence.
The marketing mix.
Products and product differentiation.
Place: channels of distribution.
Promotion: communicating the offer.
People: organizing the marketing function.
People: key skills, knowledge and qualities.
Customer relationship management (CRM).
The marketing plan.
Postscript: action on ABCO’s marketing problems .
Peter Wilson worked in manufacturing and retail management then joined the teaching faculty of the London Business School. He founded The Enterprise Partnership in 1983 to offer management development and consultancy services to SMEs. He has previously written books for the small business market.
Sue Bates worked in advertising and was marketing director for an International cosmetics company before joining London Business School. She is a management psychologist and lectures and consults in organizational development for SMEs, communications, management processes and leadership development.
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