StrategyJune 27, 2017

Travis Kalanick Resignation: Lessons for Zambian Premier Startups
We have been watching the events unravel at Uber for sometime now. When the announcement came that investors in the ride hailing company had demanded for their maverick CEO and founder to resign, it was an indication that there was lessons to be learned for investors of Zambian premier startups.  Leadership conduct in this context […]

StrategyApril 6, 2017

When Dominos Fall – Of Demergers and Divestures
History always provides us with lessons for the future. We at TFHZPC draw our strength from our ability to use numbers to decode historical trends that can provide an indication that supports our ‘gut feel’ on how the strategic tendencies of premier companies will be shaped. We take you back with our insight into the […]

Airtel Networks Plc, Lafarge, StrategyMarch 6, 2017

How to Fight a Price War in Zambia
Entering into a price war is usually a distant thought for the average Zambian entrepreneur. On the one hand, some often chose to ignore it and face certain doom over the long run (evidence from small businesses that have closed down due to failure to compete on price). Others on the other hand, chose to […]

StrategyMarch 6, 2017

TFHZPC meets the Dragon
In his 3rd installment of his famous trilogy, Michael Porter gave the world “The Competitive Advantage of Nations”. As I sat down in a hotel in Yantai China, I could not help but reflect on how a communist nation had been able to manage its billion plus population by steer it into a value creating […]

StrategyMarch 6, 2017

Can the “Cardrepreneur” Create and Sustain Competitive Advantage in Zambia?
Its deals season. Brief case business with political acumen are on the rise. The dawn of small businessmen with access to some of the most lucrative deals has been reignited. They often operate as proxies (vertically integrating themselves for convenience during the short run of a deal). Value is created when the payoff comes through […]

StrategyJuly 7, 2016

Are Oligopolies the Answer to Zambian Companies Being Innovative?
Competition in any economy is the driving force for innovation. Much has been written about its importance however, competition in Zambia has not been fully been embraced by those that chose to play the competitive game. Much of what lacks in Zambian competition is knowledge of what type of players are in a game. What […]