The Complexity Crisis: Why Too Many Products, Markets, and Customers Are Crippling Your Company--and What to Do about It

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Many companies today are in crisis. In the quest to grow their business in flat or declining markets, they have created dozens of new products and services while increasing their customer, vendor, and marketplace relationships. But even as top-line revenues go up, this rising tide of complexity is drowning bottom-line profits.

The Complexity Crisis shows you how to streamline your business for greatest ...

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The Complexity Crisis: Why Too Many Products, Markets, and Customers Are Crippling Your Company--and What to Do about It

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Overview

Many companies today are in crisis. In the quest to grow their business in flat or declining markets, they have created dozens of new products and services while increasing their customer, vendor, and marketplace relationships. But even as top-line revenues go up, this rising tide of complexity is drowning bottom-line profits.

The Complexity Crisis shows you how to streamline your business for greatest efficiency, effectiveness, and profitability. You'll learn how to:

  • Target complexity in your organization and reduce or eliminate it
  • Build a simple, effective corporate structure
  • Add value to your business by avoiding complexity traps
In The Complexity Crisis, management consultant John L. Mariotti shows you how to evaluate your cost and management systems so you can clear away complexity-and conquer your competition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598692143
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

John L. Mariotti is president and founder of the Enterprise Group, a coalition of executive advisors. As the former president of Rubbermaid Office Products Group, he led a multinational group of nine divisions in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He's also a former management consultant and contributing editor for Industry Week magazine.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

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    John Mariotti¿s new book , The Complexity Crisis, is a very readable journey through the morass of burgeoning complexity facing today¿s businesses and out again into a cleaner, leaner and more competitive future. Mr. Mariotti identifies an aggressive focus on reducing the nonvalue-adding complexity in your business and creatively managing the value-related complexity as the perfect strategic response to the current, and likely continuing, tightened market conditions. Mr. Mariotti identifies the explosion of complexity as a two-edged sword and shows us how to wield it to our advantage. His perspective comprehends the fact that periods of significant market dislocation create opportunity for above average players to gain further competitive advantage. In plain English, when the going gets tough the best pull further away from the pack while the weak fall further behind. He lays out a valuable strategic perspective on the growing complexity facing all businesses: 1' - Just like the evolution of IT or changing global currency relationships, increasing complexity is simply an environmental condition of the markets in which we all compete 2' - The keys to gaining competitive advantage from the increasingly complex business environment are to ¿Use it¿ and ¿Lose it¿ Lose It - The Complexity Crisis is rich in simple, concrete examples of how complexity relentlessly increases in businesses, dragging down profitability while overwhelming the processes and systems used to manage the business. Mr. Mariotti then defines a simple, concrete and easy to follow six step path to reducing your business¿ complexity. He shows how you can use his tools to reduce complexity and actually improve your competitive position, and the value of your business, while the difficult economic conditions are dragging down your competition. Use It - To ¿Use it¿ means to make a conscious decision to leverage the market value of certain types of product, service or channel complexities by finding ways to manage the complexity better than your competitors. The author describes examples of how major companies in a selection of industries have successfully ¿used¿ growing complexity to successfully differentiate themselves and gain greater competitive advantage. The Complexity Crisis is an excellent introduction to the strategic opportunity available by leveraging complexity into greater competitive advantage and conversely the strategic risk of not doing so, when your competition may. I highly recommend The Complexity Crisis to anyone running a business in difficult times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

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    John Mariotti¿s new book , The Complexity Crisis, is a very readable journey through the morass of burgeoning complexity facing today¿s businesses and out again into a cleaner, leaner and more competitive future. Mr. Mariotti identifies an aggressive focus on reducing the nonvalue-adding complexity in your business and creatively managing the value-related complexity as the perfect strategic response to the current, and likely continuing, tightened market conditions. Mr. Mariotti correctly identifies the explosion of complexity as a two-edged sword and shows us how to wield it to our advantage. His perspective comprehends the fact that periods of significant market dislocation create opportunity for above average players to gain further competitive advantage. In plain English, when the going gets tough the best pull further away from the pack while the weak fall further behind. He lays out a valuable strategic perspective on the growing complexity facing all businesses: 1' Just like the evolution of IT or changing global currency relationships, increasing complexity is simply an environmental condition of the markets in which we all compete 2' The keys to gaining competitive advantage from the increasingly complex business environment are to ¿Lose it¿ and ¿Use it¿ - Lose It - The Complexity Crisis is rich in simple, concrete examples of how complexity relentlessly increases in businesses, dragging down profitability while overwhelming the processes and systems used to manage the business. Mr. Mariotti then defines a simple, concrete and easy to follow six step path to reducing your business¿ complexity. He shows how you can use his tools to reduce complexity and actually improve your competitive position, and the value of your business, while the difficult economic conditions are dragging down your competition. - Use It - ¿Using it¿ means to make a conscious decision to leverage the market value of certain types of product, service or channel complexities by finding ways to manage the complexity better than your competitors. The author describes examples of how major companies in a selection of industries have successfully ¿used¿ growing complexity to successfully differentiate themselves and gain greater competitive advantage. The Complexity Crisis is an excellent introduction to the strategic opportunity available by leveraging complexity into greater competitive advantage and conversely the strategic risk of not doing so, when your competition may. I highly recommend The Complexity Crisis to anyone running a business in difficult times.

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