D&B's 'Blueprint for Growth' Strategy


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Case Code : BSTR176 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 400;
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Case Length : 18 Pages
Period : 1998-2005
Organization : Dun and Bradstreet
Pub Date : 2005
Teaching Note : Not Available
Countries : US
Industry : Business Information and Consultancy

Abstract:

The case examines the 'blueprint for growth' strategy initiated by Allan Z. Loren, former Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), a leading global provider of business information and tools. Due to several unrelated acquisitions and divestitures, by the late 1990s, D&B had lost the focus on its core businesses, which was having an adverse effect on the company's revenues and profits. The case provides insights on the key elements of 'blueprint for growth' strategy which included leveraging the D&B brand, creating financial flexibility, developing a 'winning' culture and focus on small businesses. Finally, it examines the impact of this strategy on D&B's business operations and financials.

Issues:

How lack of focus on core operations can lead to down fall of leading companies
Strategies that companies need to employ to revive their business
Role of leaders in kick starting the growth of a company by focusing on branding and organizational culture

Contents:

  Page No.
End of an Era 1
Background Note 2
The Problems 4
The Growth Strategy 5
Leveraging the D&B Brand 6
Creating Financial Flexibility 7
Developing A 'Winning' Culture 8
Focus on Small Businesses 9
The Results 10
Exhibits 11

Keywords:

Dun and Bradstreet, Growth Strategy, Financially Flexible Business Model, Business Information Products, Brand Image, Quality Drivers in DUNSRight Process, Leadership Model, Organizational Culture

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