Saturday, January 31, 2009

Not-for-profits, strategy and finance: what they do teach you in Harvard Business Review

Almost anyone who has done a course related to business will have come across some fancy matrix for distinguishing different products in terms of market share, growth and/or profitability. Sadly many of those boxes don’t appear that helpful for the chief execs and boards of charities and others whose business is not-for-profit.

Last month’s Harvard Business Review had an article on Delivering on the Promise of Nonprofits by Jeffrey L Bradach, Thomas J Tierney and Nan Stone. It included the matrix above for developing financial and strategic clarity. It’s not rocket science but it does conceptualise the issues for organisations thinking about new developments as well as existing portfolios.

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