Posts By Joe Williams

Strategizing for Transformational Change

In response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began a strategic transformation from a law-enforcement to a threat-focused intelligence agency. A case study1 of the progress in the transformation at the FBI shows how strategic resources propelled by inertia, along with theRead… Read more »

Strategizing for NASA, Part 2: Disney and the Resources Based View

Disney and a Resources Based View (RBV) analysis illustrate the conditions under which organization-specific resources provide a sustained competitive advantage. Specifically, Disney through its beloved character Mickey Mouse shows that an organization can sustain a competitive advantage if it has available to it resources that are inimitable (unique), durable, appropriated to where the organization capturesRead… Read more »

Strategizing for NASA, Part 1: The United States Postal Service and the Porter Five Forces

In June 2014, the National Research Council (NRC) released its report on the future of human spaceflight, “Pathways to Exploration: Rationales and Approaches for a U.S. Program of Human Space Exploration.” At its heart is a question of strategy – what should it be to move forward with a meaningful and successful path? In contemplatingRead… Read more »

The asteroid return strategy

Marcia Smith writes in concerning NASA’s asteroid return mission unveiled in the President’s budget for fiscal year 2014: All in all, however, the White House and NASA may be exacerbating the challenge of winning support from Congress and other stakeholders. Some officials are using imprecise terminology, there is confusion over the relationship of thisRead… Read more »