Business Corner

  • Disorder & Revision, Change & Correction

    Companies must consider several elements to survive and prosper.
    Phil Phillips 11.14.06

  • Role of Market Research in Business

    Market research is defined as "the systematic design, collection, analysis and reporting of data and findings relevant to a specific marketing situation facing the company."
    Phil Phillips 10.16.06

  • Adhesives and Sealants

    Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty

    Delivering customer satisfaction is a major key to success in today's global economy.
    Phil Phillips 09.11.06

  • Talking About Generations

    Are follow-on generations much different when it comes to core sustaining elements in the management of closely held companies.
    Phil Phillips 08.10.06

  • Design in the Conceptual Age

    As society shifts from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age, having a strong design platform is key to forming a competitive strategy. The second of a two-part series addressing the way out of mature markets. Of the $22 billion coatings indu…

  • The way out of mature markets

    Coatings and adhesives companies must think outside the box to prevent stagnating in the mature stage of the business life cycle. The first of a two-part series.
    Phil Phillips 06.13.06

  • Analyzing the future of E-coat growth

    E-coat technology is increasingly integrated in mature markets, as well as developing regions of the world, at above average coatings consumption growth rates.
    Phil Phillips 04.05.06

  • The importance of branding

    The function and art of branding is a major contributor to the success of a product or service sold by the company that markets it. According to Webster's Dictionary, a brand is defined as "a means of identification," or "an arbitrarily adopted na…

  • Do companies need consultancies?

    In the coatings industry we are mainly concerned about 'selling' and 'servicing' a tangible product. We are what some call a 'product-oriented business.' However, in ours and other product-oriented businesses, we are finding it increasingly more…

  • Adhesives and Sealants

    The purchase decision process

    Who does the buying of the trillions of dollars' worth of goods and services needed by business organizations? Purchasing agents (PA) are certainly influential in direct straight re-purchase and modified re-purchase situations, whereas other departm…
    Phil Phillips 01.12.06

  • Disorder & Revision, Change & Correction

    The business environment within which we find ourselves is in what we would describe as disorderly to perhaps, chaotic and certainly, therefore, troublesome. We are living through the end of an era of corporate responsibility where the "business"…

  • The strategic planning process - III

    In last month's column, we discussed the use of SWOT and TOWS as useful models from which to draw accurate pictures of both your as well as your competitors' relative strengths and possible strategies. Before moving ahead, let's remember an impo…
    Phil Phillips 11.02.05

  • Adhesives and Sealants

    The Strategic Planning Process - II

    Last month we discussed the business environmental scanning process, the first of three steps necessary to successfully develop a strategic plan. Environmental scanning encompasses the monitoring, evaluating and disseminating of information from e…

  • Disruptions...Consultants Have Them Too Part Two

    In Part One, we discussed the HBR conclusions: “We have come to the conclusion that the same forces that disrupted so many businesses, from steel to publishing, are starting to reshape the world of consulting.” We concluded with the two…
    Phil Phillips, Contributing Editor 11.30.-1

  • Architectural Coatings | Automotive Coatings

    Testing autoscan

    Testing news if it will tag the keywords automatically. Like I used the words Adhesives or Architectural Coatings or Automotive Coatings. Let's see..…

  • Architectural Coatings | Automotive Coatings | Construction Chemicals

    testing autoscan again

    Testing news if it will tag the keywords automatically. Like I used the words Adhesives or Architectural Coatings or Automotive Coatings. Let's see.. Construction Chemicals  Construction Chemicals…