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Leonard's Perspective
"Interacting with my students is a wonderful experience. What makes it even more exciting is finding out how they take what we discuss in the classroom and apply it to their workplace."
Vital Statistics
Name: Leonard Lane, Lecturer, Organization & Strategy
  • Executive Doctor of Management, Case Western Reserve University
  • MBA, University of Southern California
  • BA, Political Science, University of Southern California
Website: http://web.merage.uci.edu/~llane
Areas of Expertise and Research Interests:
  • The effect of the Internet on price dispersion for U.S. domestic airlines
  • The effect of an environmental jolt on industry path dependence
War Games, Anyone?

I developed a new course in competitive intelligence called War Game. It’s the only war game type of learning experience that takes place anywhere in the country. In fact, this is a class that isn’t normally taught – yet it’s a critical part of the business environment.

Essentially, I have my students look at four different companies and choose one of these companies as their focus to develop a competitive strategy against three of the other firms. This process has achieved some pretty amazing results and some highly thought-provoking discussions. Not to mention, it’s something very relevant that students can take back to their employers.
  MBA UCI Paul Merage School of Business

I developed a new course in competitive intelligence called War Game. It’s the only war game type of learning experience that takes place anywhere in the country."

  The Theory of Network Orchestration

I’m currently researching how Asian firms utilize their supply chains to gain competitive advantage. The unique thing I’m looking at is how Asian OEMs act as network orchestrators rather than having a hard-wired, Western-oriented supply chain.

I take and apply this research directly into my strategy classes. We examine the hypothesis that having the ability to get better and faster by working with others will be the strategic imperative of the next 10 years. This hypothesis is supported by the fact that we now compete network to network as opposed to company to company.
Strong Leadership Leads to Strategic Innovation

Having worked at companies throughout the world, I can say without qualification, there are a few essential qualities common among the best leaders. The first being the ability to articulate a very clear vision. The second is a commitment to execution excellence. The third is the courage to take calculated risks. The fourth is empathy. And finally, a strong leader has a firm belief in people. A leader who possesses these qualities will create a culture of strategic innovation.

Being a strategist myself, I also think it’s very important to have the ability to see what’s next. What’s more, being able to turn that ability into a plan to execute into that future. Ultimately, this results in having the understanding of how to do things faster and better than your competition – giving you a significant advantage in the marketplace.
  MBA UCI Paul Merage School of Business
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