Recent Client Publishing Successes
Restaurants and the Obesity Epidemic
In this Forbes.com guest commentary, Hudson Institute consultant Hank Cardello takes the U.S. restaurant industy to task. The industry’s shortcoming? Failing to regard the nation’s obesity epidemic seriously enough, as both a social problem and an economic opportunity.
The article (“Restaurants Should Be Doing More to Fight Obesity – for Their Own Good”) ran on Dec. 22 in Forbes.com’s Leadership section. You can read it here. We helped Cardello with the piece, as well as 20 other Forbes.com articles in the last two years.
Why the Oil and Gas Industry Can’t Ignore Social Media
It’s increasingly important to obtaining a license to operate.
Stopping Counterfeiting: A Better Way
The problem of counterfeit goods is global and the cost is high. Most companies fight back by trying to catch the street vendors. FTI Consulting Senior Managing Director Bob Youill has a better idea: focus on the companies that package the counterfeit goods and get more bang for your buck. We helped Youill write an article for FTI Journal, "How to Counter the Counterfeiters," following which the Wall Street Journal interviewed Youill at length for the article "High-Tech Packaging Fights Counterfeiters."
Catch-22 in Asian eDiscovery
Richard Kershaw is a Managing Director and leader in the Technology practice of FTI Consulting. In June 2014, the Bloom Group helped Kershaw publish an article in FTI Journal here, identifying the problem U.S. and European companies face when they try to collect information in Asia to comply with requests from their home regulators.
Shortly after the FTI Journal article appeared, the Wall Street Journal published a commentary in its “Morning Risk Report” here focusing on the problem Kershaw identified, quoting him extensively.
Balanced Healthcare Transformation
How payers and providers can reduce costs while improving care.
Growing a Midsize Business, Wrongly
Robert Sher, who Bloom Group helped write and publish Mighty Midsized Companies, spun off a series of articles based on his book for HBR.org. In "How Midsized Companies Can Avoid Fatal Acquisitions," Sher discusses how dreams of growth-through-acquisition can turn into nightmares, and provides case examples of strategies midsized companies can employ to do a better job of sizing up opportunities.
A Refreshing Approach to Fighting Obesity
Use the beverage industry's marketing clout to get more people to drink water.
How Operational Meltdowns Can Melt Down Midsized Companies
Operational, technology and other glitches can bring these firms' business to a halt.
How M&A Can Kill the Midsized Firm
Why "strategic" deals can be these firms' undoing.
Why Midsized Firms Must Cautiously Roll the Dice
How way-too-ambitious investments can sink these firms.
Hard and Necessary: End-of-Life Discussions
Studies have shown that people who have advance end-of-life planning discussions with their physicians spend less time receiving painful, unwanted, expensive, and ultimately futile treatments under the cold, blinking lights of Intensive Care Units. Instead, they get to spend that time with their loved ones. Unfortunately, these discussions happen all too infrequently as physicians are not trained to conduct them and families are often unfamiliar with the process. In this article that the Bloom Group helped FTI Consulting Senior Managing Director/Health Solutions Kerry Shannon place in McKnight's Long Term Care News, Shannon argues that long-term care facilities need to make sure these conversations take place, and she explains how. You can read the article here.
Midsize Company Advice: Prioritize Ruthlessly
Midsize business in the spotlight at HBR.
Banks Vs. the Bad Guys: Banking.com
How banks can comply with international anti-money laundering laws.
CVS's Moment of Profitable Morality
In February 2014, CVS Caremark Corp., a $126 billion pharmacy and health care company, stunned U.S. consumers and businesses by announcing it would give up $2 billion in revenue this fall by no longer selling cigarettes at its 7,660 drugstores (most of which are in the U.S.). Our client Hank Cardello, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and the leader of its Obesity Solutions Initiative, seized on the historic announcement, which he calls a “moment of profitable morality.
His article, “CVS and the Rise of Corporate Profitable Morality,” which we helped him publish on Forbes.com, can be found here.
Making Long-Term Care Smarter
How analytics will help nursing homes reduce costs and improve quality.
Food Activists Go Nuts: Forbes.com
A point comes when activism stops being constructive. That point has been reached.
Banks Vs. the Bad Guys: CFO.com
Governments increasingly are casting banks in the role of the global economy's first line of defense against money laundering and other financial activities that support criminals, terorrists and rogue nations. And regulators are enforcing that view by levying increasingly high fines against banks that have been used by criminals and terrorists (or the nations that support them). Financial institutions have no choice but to comply, and so they need to build functions and risk-based processes that will reduce their risk of being used by the bad guys.
Peter Brooke and Christine Moran, managing directors in the governance, risk and regulation team at FTI Consulting, have proposed several ways that financial institutions can do well by doing good: implementing policies that will reduce their risk of running afoul of the regulators and help de-fund criminals and terrorists. We worked with them to help publish this article on CFO.com.
Data Visualization: HBR.org
It always sounds good, but does your company really need it?
Rx for Transformation: Becker's Hospital Review
How payers and providers can reduce healthcare costs while improving care.
Investment Relations Officers: CFO.com
IROs can do a lot more for your business if you let them.
Regulatory Hurdles: Forbes.com
How strategic communications can help you keep DC's watch dogs from barking.
Academic Tenure: FT
The tenure system at our universities has long been a hot topic for debate, but we helped Texas Tech business professor Jim Wetherbe publish a new slant – that tenure layers in restrictive costs – and offer prescriptions (including multiyear rolling contracts) for fixing the system and freeing our schools to become more competitive. Jim’s article attracted wide attention in July 2013, and we helped him place it broadly. You can read the story in the Financial Times here.
Big Data: InfoWeek
CapTech consultants Todd Homa and Harlan Bennett help clients design and implement Big Data solutions. From their client work they have developed approaches and a point of view about how clients can quickly and effectively get value from Big Data, without necessarily spending huge amounts on technology -- often, in fact, using largely the technology they already have. We helped them capture that expertise in a whitepaper, and then derived an article for InformationWeek, which you can read here.
Counterfeit Goods: WSJ Blog
The sale of counterfeit goods is not a big business; it is an enormous, global business, projected to reach $1.7 trillion by 2015. In May 2013, we helped FTI Consulting write the story (here) of how it helped a global manufacturer of personal health care products, and a Japanese auto parts manufacturer, fight back. Instead of making hit-and-run busts of street-level dealers, FTI used forensic analysis of the counterfeiters’ packaging to disrupt their supply chain and shut them down. The story was featured in the Wall Street Journal Risk and Compliance Blog a week or so later, here.
Down With Tenure: HBR blog
The data behind the argument that tenure's time has passed.
Rob Sher: Columnist at Forbes.com and CFO.com
We helped Robert Sher, a consultant to CEOs and their executive teams at midsized companies, become a columnist for two prestigious publications: Forbes.com and CFO.com.
The Digital Mobile Consumer
In September 2012, Tata Consultancy Services published the results of a major study into how companies are accommodating consumers who use mobile devices to do business with them (the so-called "Digital Mobile Consumer"). The report and its key findings were quickly picked up by the press across the globe.Average firm to spend $13-22 million on mobile marketing this year, The Financial Express Asia-Pacific increases spend on digital mobile consumers, MIS Asia Consumer sales transactions on mobile devices to grow 20% by 2015, TelecomTiger Asia-Pacific leads race to engage digital mobile consumers in 2012, InformationWeek Proportion of Sales Transactions Completed on Mobile Devices to grow 58%, Morningstar Strategy, not Spending, Key to Mobile App Success, Global Delivery Report