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The Stress Test Every Business Needs. A Capital Agenda for Confidently Facing Digital Disruption, Difficult Investors, Recessions and Geopolitical Threats

  • ID: 4423554
  • Book
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Do better business, get better results

The Stress Test Every Business Needs shows you how to optimize your business strategy to improve your results. Drawing from recent high–profile cases that illustrate the impact of common mistakes, this book brings the Stress Test methodology out of banking and applies it to businesses in any sector. If shareholder value is created through raising, investing, optimizing, and preserving capital, how can business leaders ensure stability and growth in an era of instability and stagnation? Stress Testing makes every business stronger; by taking a holistic view across your company′s businesses, functions, and geographies, you become better equipped to make the tough decisions that draw the line between sinking, surviving, and thriving.

Brexit is showing the world what happens when we insufficiently prepare for low probability/high impact events; Allergan proved that outperforming peers doesn′t necessarily ward off activist shareholders; companies around the world prove every day that operating in multiple businesses doesn′t always produce a synergistic effect. Missteps like these are preventable, predictable, and avoidable, and this book provides the framework to help you keep your company above the fray.  

  • Learn from recent management successes and failures
  • Make your business stronger amidst heightened uncertainty and investor scrutiny
  • Make smart trade–offs among competing investment opportunities
  • Optimize resource allocation to maximize resilience

Companies that formulate strategy and set operational priorities with a balanced investment agenda are best positioned to control their own destiny. Planning is only beneficial when it′s effective, productive, and feasible, and structured toward meeting your company′s specific goal. The Stress Test Every Business Needs provides a roadmap to better business through smart investment decisions.

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Acknowledgments

Chapter 1 How resilient is your Capital Agenda?
Jeffrey R. Greene

Chapter 2 Can your strategy thrive in a digital world?
Tony Qui and Glenn Engler

Chapter 3 How can you pre–empt activist shareholders?
Shyam Gidumal

Chapter 4 How should you restore a distressed company to health?
Andrew Wollaston and Donald Featherstone

Chapter 5 Are strategy, finance and operations integrated for optimal value creation?
Sharath Sharma and Daniel Burkly

Chapter 6 How can you get the most out of your advisors?
Giri Varadarajan and Aayush Tulsyan

Chapter 7 Do you understand the intrinsic value of your company, and how to manage it?
Daniel Burkly

Chapter 8 Are you allocating capital across the enterprise to reduce C–suite stress?
Jeffrey R. Greene

Chapter 9 Are your portfolio reviews timely, objective and thorough?
Jeffrey R. Greene and Jeff Wray

Chapter 10 Is tax planning a full partner in building resilience and driving value?
Bridget Walsh and Erica Lawee

Chapter 11 Do your acquisitions consistently pay off for shareholders?
Brian Salsberg

Chapter 12 Are you planning and executing divestments for maximum value?
Paul Hammes and Subin Baral

Chapter 13 Do your financing choices support flexibility and efficiency?
K.C. Brechnitz

Chapter 14 How well does your working capital management contribute to cash flow and earnings?
Sven Braun and Steve Payne

Chapter 15 Will your strategic goals ensure your company reaches its full potential?
William Achtmeyer and John Trustman

Glossary

Contributor Biographies

Index

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Jeffrey R. Greene
Steve Krouskos
Julie Hood
Harsha Basnayake
William Casey
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