StrategyDriven Welcomes Rachelle Zimmerman

The StrategyDriven family is proud to introduce Rachelle Zimmerman as our Website Editor! As StrategyDriven‘s Website Editor, she oversees all online content development and publishing.

Rachelle is a connoisseur of various online marketing methodologies. She has consulted with numerous firms and contributed to the development and implementation of their marketing strategies, specifically for search engine optimization and social media marketing, in order to expand their web presence and visibility. Her strategies integrate every aspect of SEO and social media marketing from start to finish.

Rachelle particularly enjoys keyword research for SEO campaigns, since it appeals to her more analytical thought process. Ironically, she also enjoys writing and blogging, both for SEO blogs and in general, for the creative outlet that it provides her. Rachelle’s love of language has served her well both in terms of writing as well as proofreading and editing.

Originally from New Jersey, Rachelle currently attends Bar Ilan University in Jerusalem, Israel.

Rachelle can be contacted at: [email protected]

StrategyDriven Alternative Selection Article

Alternative Selection – Total Cost of Ownership

All too often, executives and planners focus on the cost of implementing a project and omit recognition of the other associated costs accompanying the resulting outputs once the project is completed. Even if those costs are accounted for, other hidden costs, such as the reduction of future operational flexibility and options, can be overlooked. Overlooking these costs can significantly impact an initiative’s return on investment; inappropriately inflating the investment’s value to a point where an otherwise unacceptable pursuit appears to be worthwhile. Therefore, when selecting from among the myriad of business operations and initiative opportunities it is important to fully examine the total cost of ownership.

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Many project costs often go unrecognized. StrategyDriven’s Project Management Warning Flag – Unfunded Activities provides additional insights to the warning signs indicating not all project costs are being appropriately included in overall cost estimates.

Companies Need to Manage Employee Health – Not Just Benefits

With U.S. healthcare spending set to grow 5 percent – or more than $100 billion – each year through 2013, businesses are scrambling for ways to save money on their health benefits. To do so, they’ll have to invest proactively in their employees’ health – and not just shop around for a good insurance deal, according to a new report from the Healthcare Performance Management (HPM) Institute.

Active management of healthcare delivery and cost control has not typically been seen as an integral part of the mission for human resource (HR) departments. But changing times – and skyrocketing costs – have pushed healthcare performance management (HPM) center stage for companies that want to boost productivity, while investing benefits dollars in better health outcomes for their employees.

This shift away from traditional ways of managing employee health benefits stems from a clear and universal reality: rising healthcare costs increasingly pose a core business challenge. Indeed, U.S. healthcare spending approached $2.25 trillion in 2007 – more than 16 percent of the gross domestic product according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Employers increasingly are feeling the bite of those rising costs. A 2008 study conducted by the health policy journal Health Affairs showed that average annual premiums increased 5 percent to $4,704 for single coverage and $12,680 for family coverage. The study’s data was derived from interviews with 1,927 public and private employers.

New research echoes those trends. According to a Dec. 2010 report from RNCOS Industry Research Solutions “U.S. Healthcare Sector Forecast to 2012”, national healthcare spending is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of around 5 percent during 2010-2013.

The Last Mile: The Role of HPM in Rounding Out the Enterprise Human Resource Management Mission calls on companies to incorporate workforce health into their overall strategy for protecting and developing their human capital resources. This report also explains how HR teams are deploying healthcare performance management (HPM) technology to improve employee health and productivity.

Click here to download a complimentary copy of this Healthcare Performance Management Institute report.

Want to learn more?

Listen to our recent StrategyDriven Editorial Perspective podcast interview with George Pantos, Executive Director of the Healthcare Performance Management Institute during which we discuss how companies can keep their current health plans in light of the recently passed healthcare legislation and under what circumstances they may wish to do so.

Leadership Inspirations – The Cost of Doing Nothing

“There are costs and risks to a program of action but they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963)
35th President of the United States

Capabilities Driven Mergers & Acquisitions – Capabilities Roadmapping, part 3 of 5

What role do capabilities play in successful mergers?

Too big to fail has proven to be a flawed notion. In Capabilities Roadmapping, Booz & Company partners Gerald Adolph and Paul Leinwand continue their discussion on the role of capabilities in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and explain why pursuing a capabilities-driven M&A strategy produces more successful companies that enjoy a right to win.

Capabilities Roadmapping is the third of a series of five interviews focusing on capabilities-driven mergers and acquisitions. Other editions include:

About the Authors

Gerald Adolph is a New York-based Senior Partner with Booz & Company with a specialty in strategy and operations for technology-driven businesses. His work primarily focuses on assisting clients with growth strategy, new business development, and industry restructuring. He has led numerous assignments in corporate and portfolio strategy as well as business unit strategy. In addition, he deals with value chain and industry restructuring driven by technology changes, and how companies respond to these disruptions and opportunities. Gerald is the co-author of Merge Ahead: Mastering the Five Enduring Trends of Artful M&A with Justin Pettit. To read Gerald’s complete biography, click here.

Paul Leinwand is a Booz & Company partner based in Chicago. He works in the consumer, media, and digital practice and focuses on capabilities-driven strategy for consumer products companies. Paul is the co-author of The Essential Advantage: How to Win with a Capabilities-Driven Strategy. To read Paul’s complete biography, click here.