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Artificial intelligence’s potential in reshaping corporate strategic management


Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a transformative force in corporate strategic management, fundamentally altering the way companies make strategic decisions. AI is crucial in driving innovation even in the face of dynamic business environments and data abundance.

The integration of AI into corporate strategic management offers a myriad of benefits for businesses seeking to navigate the complexities of the modern market, namely:

Data-driven decision-making: AI empowers companies to transform raw data into actionable insights to identify market trends, assess customer preferences, and predict future outcomes more accurately. AI supports data-driven strategy, leading to better resource allocation, risk mitigation, and operational effectiveness. For instance, a company can leverage AI predictive analytics capabilities to forecast future revenue, competitive threats, the likelihood of expansions succeeding, and other core strategic considerations years in advance.

Enhanced strategic planning: AI’s capabilities extend beyond data analysis to encompass strategic planning and scenario modeling. AI-powered tools can simulate tens of thousands of realistic scenarios per minute, allowing companies to evaluate the potential impact of strategic decisions and identify potential risks and opportunities before committing to major investments. Maersk, for example, uses cutting-edge AI algorithms to revolutionize its container shipping operations. These algorithms optimize vessel routes for efficiency, predict equipment maintenance needs to minimize downtime, and provide real-time insights into cargo location and status, ensuring unparalleled transparency and efficiency.

Customer-centric strategies: AI plays a pivotal role in understanding and anticipating customer needs, enabling companies to develop customer-centric strategies that foster long-term customer loyalty and enhance brand reputation. AI-supported tools can analyze customer behavior, preferences, and feedback; thus, AI can provide valuable insights to personalize marketing campaigns, improve product offerings, and optimize customer service experiences. For instance, H&M Group uses AI to create personalized shopping experiences, optimize product offerings, and improve customer satisfaction by analyzing customer data and preferences.

Competitive advantage: AI adoption provides companies with a competitive advantage in a rapidly evolving market. AI-driven strategies enable organizations to adapt quickly to changing market dynamics. By leveraging AI’s capabilities, corporations can outstand competition and establish themselves as leaders in their respective industries. Unilever, for example, leverages a system to analyze sales data, marketing campaigns, economic trends, and weather patterns to predict future demand more accurately. This enables the company to optimize production planning, reduce waste, and improve profitability.

AI challenges within corporate strategic management

While AI presents immense opportunities, it is crucial to address the ethical considerations surrounding its implementation, such as the potential for AI to perpetuate biases and discrimination. AI algorithms can be trained on biased data sets, leading to partial decision-making and deeper inequalities. Transparency and accountability are other ethical concerns in AI decision-making as it is important to foster trust and understanding of how decisions are made. This is to ensure that everyone involved can act on a just and well-informed strategy.

Successful AI integration also requires a cultural shift within organizations. Companies need to develop training and educational programs to equip employees with the needed skills and to work with AI systems and capabilities in harmony. This should improve communication and collaboration, leading to better alignment with corporate strategic objectives.

Companies that embrace and adapt AI strategically will be well-positioned to navigate the complexities of the modern market and achieve sustainable competitive advantage. For effective adoption of AI capabilities, companies need to develop transparent and accountable AI systems and establish clear ethical guidelines for AI use. Additionally, companies need to engage in ongoing dialogues with stakeholders to build trust and ensure that AI is used responsibly and ethically. 

Excellence in action: evaluating performance management practices for a promising organization


No matter where an organization stands on its journey, ensuring that its performance management practices are up to par can influence its progress. Done correctly, this could be the edge that sets it apart from the competition. 

The KPI Institute (TKI), through the efforts of the dedicated members of The Global Performance Audit (GPA) Unit, has successfully collaborated with the Talent and Performance Management Department of the Tourism Development Fund (TDF) to evaluate the performance management practices of the organization. This evaluation encompasses various areas, such as strategic planning, corporate performance management, employee performance management, and organizational culture. 

The TDF is a young organization established in Saudi Arabia in 2020 with the mandate of driving growth in the national tourism sector by enabling private investments. With nearly 200 employees, the TDF has set up a formal division dedicated to managing strategy and performance. It comes with specialized departments responsible for handling key processes like strategic planning, corporate performance management, strategic initiatives portfolio, organizational excellence, research, and insights. Similarly, people’s performance and organizational culture are guided by specialized teams.

The KPI Institute’s maturity assessment for the division adhered to a holistic approach in both project coverage and methodology. In terms of coverage, the following organizational capabilities were evaluated: strategic planning, performance measurement, performance improvement, employee performance culture, and organizational culture.

Figure 1. Integrated Performance Management Maturity Model | Source: The KPI Institute

Regarding the methodology, TKI’s Integrated Performance Maturity Model includes a review of formal procedures and other official documentation (outputs) and insights from employees in the organization obtained through surveys and interviews with key internal stakeholders. All findings were rated against best practices using a scoring methodology, and the final score positioned the TDF on maturity level IV out of V (see Figure 2).

Figure 2. Performance Management Maturity Level | Source: The KPI Institute

To read the full article and know more about the stages of a performance management system maturity assessment, download the PERFORMANCE Magazine Issue No. 27, 2023 – Government Edition now through TKI Marketplace

Unlock best practices that drive success in the government sector with insights from the Tourism Development Fund’s performance management practices evaluation. Get your hands on the physical copy of the magazine via Amazon

How can governments leverage data to improve performance?

Islam Salahuddin is a data analyst with a strong focus on storytelling and data visualization, growing statistical knowledge, and developing a set of technical skills and tools. As an expert in data analysis at The KPI Institute, Islam leads the generation of research on the domain of data analytics and the development of business analytics toolkits.

Democratizing strategy planning to improve employee engagement


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Democratizing strategy planning refers to the process of involving various stakeholders of all organizational levels in the strategy formulation process. In the traditional approach, strategy planning is a top-down process formulated by selected stakeholders like the senior management and key decision makers. So, to make the process more inclusive and participatory, democratizing strategy planning comes into account. 

One of the main advantages of democratizing strategy planning is that it increases employee engagement. Thomas, K. W. (2009) discussed in his paper “Intrinsic Motivation at Work: What drives employee engagement” that when employees feel that their voice is heard within the organization,  they are more likely to feel connected and invested in the organizational success, which increases their motivation, commitment, and job satisfaction, and that means a lot for them as they feel more valued in the organization.

Another advantage of democratizing strategy planning is that it enhances ownership and accountability, which will be reflected in improved employee engagement, as employees who participate in the strategy planning feel a stronger sense of ownership and responsibility, which leads to extra accountability and willingness to go the extra mile in achieving the organizational objectives as per the psychological ownership theory, which emphasizes on the role of psychological ownership in influencing employee attitude and behavior which lead them to be more engaged, motivated and committed to their organization.

To implement democratized strategy planning, having and securing the leadership buy-in is crucial to its success, so it is necessary to present the benefits and potential of increasing employee engagement and fostering innovation in the organization. 

After getting leadership buy-in, we need to define a clear scope of where employee inputs would be more valuable, which is recommended to be initiative-specific in the beginning to avoid any potential analysis paralysis. In addition, it is vital to develop a precise feedback mechanism to capture different stakeholders’ diverse perspectives and ideas and recognize and reward participation.

This process will take time to be implemented correctly without any issues, so it is essential to mention that continuous improvement is critical to reach a practical approach. A great starting point is attending the Certified Strategy and Business Planning Professional course by The KPI Institute. Learn more about it and secure your slot here.

Future-forward: using data analytics in app development


Jino Noel is a data science and technology leader with extensive experience in building data teams and practices across different organizations. His experience ranges from working in startups to large conglomerates across both Australia and the Philippines. At the time of this interview, he was the Chief Data Officer at Data Analytics Ventures, Inc. (DAVI). Currently, he is the Chief Data Officer at Angkas.

What are the key skills that a Chief Data Officer should possess nowadays?

A Chief Data Officer should have both data-related technical expertise as well as people leadership skills. Leading will always be part of the job, particularly for highly specialized technical people such as data engineers and data scientists. To be able to lead them properly, I believe it is better to be a technical person myself, so I can discuss technical matters fluently, which helps me gain their trust.

What data-related challenges have you faced as the Chief Data Officer of DAVI? How did you overcome these challenges?

Our data-related challenges are the same as any company. Being able to trust our data, cleaning up data from our sources, data latencies, and other related issues. DAVI overcame these by investing in people—hiring high-quality experts in our data engineering, data governance, and analytics teams to help us make sense of the data coming in—and building robust data pipelines that have increased the standard of quality of the data in our data lake.

How does DAVI make use of advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to help its clients understand their customers’ needs and buying patterns?

DAVI has recently started using machine learning to model our users’ propensity to buy certain products. This helps us create more accurate target audiences for our precision marketing campaigns. We are also moving forward with a recommendation engine project, with the goal of improving user engagement with our retail partners and with our promos and campaigns. On top of this, we are improving our machine learning operations expertise to make our model deployments repeatable and robust.

In the digital marketplace, data analytics acts as a guiding compass for app developers, enabling the creation of personalized, high-performing applications that align with user preferences. By leveraging data, developers can understand nuanced user behaviors and preferences, allowing them to tailor apps to meet specific user needs and aspirations.

Dive deeper into these discussions by reading Jino Noel’s full interview with The KPI Institute. Download the free digital copy of PERFORMANCE Magazine Issue No. 26, 2023 – Data Analytics on the TKI Marketplace. You can also purchase a  physical copy via Amazon


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