The growth challenges of cable and satellite companies

Robert G. Picard Monday, 17 November 2014 08:00
Cable and satellite companies are increasingly finding it difficult to get the growth in customers and revenue they would like.
Over the past 4 decades they achieved growth first by introducing services in new markets and by acquiring smaller providers and then, as unserved markets and acquisition opportunities declined, by offering an increasing...

How the material world is reining in Internet companies

Robert G. Picard Friday, 07 November 2014 07:30
Early in the rollout of the Internet, leaders of the emerging online companies described it as an immaterial world of virtual objects and virtual activity that was not subject to the economics, financing, laws, or business arrangements of the material world. They portrayed it is as world without structure in which informality and collaboration...

4 lessons in managing creativity in media enterprises

Robert G. Picard Friday, 31 October 2014 12:00
Most media companies claim they are creative, believing that merely producing
 content makes them inventive and artistic. Most media firms are not particularly creative, however, and we recognize it daily as we are confronted with formulaic and derivative content of limited quality.

But some companies are consistently notable for unique...

Ownership transparency is not enough to solve media performance gaps

Robert G. Picard Saturday, 04 October 2014 08:30
Media ownership transparency has become a goal of media reform advocates on both sides of the Atlantic, but is often simplistically presented as a solution to problems in media performance.

As I have shown in my research over time, it is not the form of ownership that matters, but the owners themselves. There are good and bad corporate owners, good...