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  Belinda Li shares an article that explores the meaning of ‘social’ in social enterprise. When I tell people our consulting firm has a passion for helping social enterprises, I’m sometimes met with the question, ‘what do you mean by social enterprise?’ Or I might get a knowing look, yet the response is, ‘oh, so […]

  Ushma Pandya addresses a most prevalent problem, and more importantly, provides strategic steps for integrating low-waste solutions into building designs. Buildings are designed for comfort, productivity, entertaining and living. Buildings have historically not been designed to support low waste goals. However, that is changing as architects and developers have come to realize the importance […]

  Tirrell Payton explains why it is beneficial to shift from a project to a product mindset and provides seven tips that can help accelerate the process.  ‘Digital’ continues to grow in importance as a first class business discipline, just as important as marketing, finance, or strategy. Therefore, product management has become more important as […]

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Stefan Faust with < F A U S T >.  Stefan spent 2,5 years at McKinsey, as a generalist consultant, then became a partner at a leading communications consultancy. Followed by 15 years of experience in the banking / wealth management sector, focusing on strategy, programme management & coordination, transformation […]

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Sara Zanichelli. Sara has 10+ years of strategy consulting experience, as core member of Financial Services Practice at BCG and previously at Simon-Kucher & Partners (recognized as world leader in pricing consultancy). After BCG, she held managerial roles in ING Bank (innovative digital bank, agile pioneer), being responsible for customer […]

  Cheenu Seshadri shares an article that explains the ins and outs of doing business in India, including how the EODB (ease of doing business) metrics on India measure up. When a client recently asked us if the investment climate had improved in India, we became curious ourselves and decided to dive in. Having lived […]

  Stephen Redwood’s clients have been asking questions about how operating models will change post pandemic and how to accelerate time to market. He collaborated with Colin Taylor, to identify six priorities to focus on when rethinking your go-to-market (GTM) model.   Cross-functional synchronization and alignment around a unified go-to-market approach is uncommon but has great […]

  David Hane has recently published an article on the challenges of post-merger integration programs. M&A is big business. According to Refinitiv, worldwide M&A activity totaled US$3.9 trillion in 2019. Of that, there were 43 deals alone worth over US$10 billion during the year (totaling US$1.2 trillion). Yet for all of this activity, how much […]

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  Supriya Prakash Sen takes a look ahead at one industry that is growing fast in the face of a heating planet, and how we can address and reconcile the needs of both the consumer and the environment.  Last week, I wrote this article about the worrying prospects if governments, policy makers, corporations and the […]

  Sean McCoy shares a blog post from his company website that presents a case for and against spending resources on ‘innovation’.  Innovation is hard. Most companies do not do it well. Long is the list of established market leaders that were The Disruptee instead of The Disrupter. But firms are not to blame. Most […]

  Surbhee Grover provides insight and inspiration in this article on the fortitude of spirit and mental strength. The setting of the movie is the tiny town of Nome, Alaska, which is paralyzed by a deadly, fast-spreading disease. Despite a quarantine that was executed early on, the epidemic is expected to wipe out a majority […]