Strategic Partnerships

Partnerships have always been an important strategy for businesses looking to grow in unfamiliar markets, attract new customer segments, or sell additional products and services. But they have also been tricky to work due to clashing corporate cultures and different business aims. Let’s look at some of those strategic partnerships that have happened lately and what are the business aims behind them. The Japanese auto-maker Toyota and the San-Francisco based ride-sharing company Uber are entering into a strategic partnership. Toyota is ...

The battle for Arctic riches heats up

In recent posts I have identified the growing issues of declining energy reserves and those countries and firms seeking to protect their self-interests. Clearly, the oil industry is facing uncertain times, not just in terms of the declining reserves, but also in light of rapidly changing technologies and expectations in terms of the environment. The state of oil production is beginning to cause alarm. Oil production peaked during 2006 with global oil production from mature oil fields now declining at a ...