The Intelligence Edge: How to Profit in the Information Age

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Knowledge is power, and today's age of information calls for new ways of attaining and controlling knowledge. Your business can get an edge over its competitors by being able to find essential information quickly and efficiently. Whether you are an independent entrepreneur or the CEO of a multinational corporation, intelligence gathering will play an increasingly important role in your business's strategic decision-making process.
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Overview

Knowledge is power, and today's age of information calls for new ways of attaining and controlling knowledge. Your business can get an edge over its competitors by being able to find essential information quickly and efficiently. Whether you are an independent entrepreneur or the CEO of a multinational corporation, intelligence gathering will play an increasingly important role in your business's strategic decision-making process.
        
The Intelligence Edge provides you with tools honed by the world's premier intelligence-gathering professionals. The authors show how to use techniques perfected by such organizations as the CIA on how to find and collect, prioritize, and analyze data. They present a comprehensive system of information management that will teach you how to identify and target different sources of information, from the library to the internet to company gossip. Because some information is expensive or difficult to access, you will learn how to use your time and resources in the most efficient way possible. Then, once you have collected the information you need, you will be shown how to use it--what to store, what to discard, what to turn to your advantage. By following these steps, you can learn to compete and prosper in today's knowledge-based business environment.

Whether you work for yourself or for a major multinational corporation, The Intelligence Edge will help you and your company to survive and prosper in today's knowledge-based business environment. Stay ahead of the information wave with:

Techniques perfected by intelligence organizations Advice on how to find the information you need quickly and efficiently Methods on how to sort and analyze the information Guides to the best databases, libraries, and on-line services

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Drawing on their extensive experience in intelligence services, the authors argue that in this global economy businesses must adapt to new ways of thinking brought about by global trends and information technology. Because the computer age has generated a massive amount of information whose value for businesses depends on a company's ability to collect and analyze it quickly, this has made information management crucial to business decision-making. To this end, the authors present a systematic process for collecting information, analyzing it, and using the resulting knowledge, demonstrating that this process would help an organization to innovate and develop its operations better and faster. With a step-by-step approach and supporting anecdotes, this book discusses techniques used by national intelligence organizations. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.Ali Abdulla, East Carolina Univ., Greenville, N.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780609600757
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

George Friedman and Meredith Friedman are the authors of The Future of War and The Coming War with Japan. Their company, Strategic Forecasting, specializes in global business intelligence and analysis. Colin Chapman is the founder and chief executive of Financial Times Television in London. John S. Baker, Jr. , is professor of law at Louisiana State University's Law Center.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Knowledge Crisis 1
1 From the Agency to the Company: The Business Intelligence Organization 17
2 Space, Time, Money: The Holy Trinity of Business Intelligence 43
3 Putting It Together: The Practice of Business Intelligence 56
4 Find Yourself: Tapping Internal Resources 84
5 Mining the Open Source: Passive Intelligence Gathering 114
6 Working the System: Semiactive Intelligence Gathering 142
7 When You Absolutely, Positively Have to Know: Active Intelligence Gathering 164
8 Lucky Guesses: The Art of Analysis 187
9 Taking Cover: Counterintelligence 214
10 And Now a Word from Our Lawyer: Intelligence and the Law 234
Appendix 255
Index 269
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