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New business building

Working side-by-side with our clients to build new businesses ‒ whether starting from scratch or expanding into new areas.

Recent new business building work


Problem
A global industrial goods manufacturer was facing a declining market. Utilization of its manufacturing assets was low, and profitability poor. Finding new growth markets while leveraging existing skills and assets was imperative for survival. As part of strategy, the management decided to enter an adjacent emerging product segment.

Solution
To speed up market entry and develop required new offering, a "skunkworks" approach was chosen. Reddal senior staff with business building experience combined with younger members with strong analytical skills helped to set up the new unit, taking an active role in product design and market entry. Design-to-cost methodology was applied, benefiting also existing business.

Result
A novel cost-effective product design was developed and patents applied. The design used existing manufacturing facilities, introducing new approaches to increase automation. Pilot sales were successfully completed, and delivered on-time and on-budget. The effort provided new insights, improving collaboration between design and manufacturing overall.


Problem

A European B2B services company faced challenges in finding market traction with new solutions and services. The resources spent to build these services were high and it was evident that many product owners had developed bulky solutions without deep understanding of customer needs. Revenue growth was disappointing.

Solution

With the management, Reddal designed and kick-started an in-house accelerator program to help solution teams learn lean startup methodology and test customer demand during product development. The process took the development teams out of the office to actual customers, providing valuable validation of concepts early on.

Result

Customer needs and potential customer demand was validated early on, helping to focus new solution development. In many cases business models for new solutions required an early pivot after initial customer meetings. The accelerator helped teams to validate initial assumptions and steer solutions towards most pressing customer needs. The company is now broadening the scope of acceleration efforts.


Problem
A US-based mobile tech company decided to build its first overseas marketing and sales office in Korea to scale its Asian user base. The newly hired country manager had a strong local network but lacked experience in building a team as well as creating scalable business processes. Many of the early recruits left the company and the country manager needed a way to stabilize operations.

Solution
Working side-by-side with the country manager, Reddal helped to set up solid processes across key functions. In HR, key objective and results approach was used to align employee's objectives with strategic goals. In marketing, a digital marketing framework was used to define clear quantitative goals for the marketing funnel. In addition basic management routines were implemented and refined.

Result
The steps taken stabilized processes and improved employee retention. Marketing efforts became more focused and target oriented, and follow-up was transparent. The marketing and sales office was able to scale to twice the original size within two years. The headquarters liked the results, and decided to implement the same management frameworks in its next branch office in Japan.


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Per Stenius

Per Stenius Seoul

Client Director with over 20 years of experience in corporate strategy, new business building and large transformations. Currently focusing on private equity sector.

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Samppa Sipilä

Samppa Sipilä Kuala Lumpur

Manager experienced in corporate strategy, M&A, divestments and industrial sector turnarounds. Currently driving growth and transformation of a Southeast Asian firm.

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Holim Wang

Holim Wang Seoul

Business Developer experienced in marketing, product development and go-to-market strategy. Currently leading the Asian market entry effort of a professional IT service firm.

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The untapped business opportunity in Southeast Asia – productivity improvement

30 March 2016
Samppa Sipilä

Low productivity is the main challenge facing Southeast Asian economies. There is a macroeconomic imperative to boost productivity but implementation is difficult. In this article, we address automation, efficiency and human capital development as key new business development areas in the region.

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Tech startups can minimize their time in the trough of sorrow with a zoom-in pivot

16 September 2015
Jihun Oh (Alumni)

We reflect on the experience of an early-stage mobile startup and its struggles in the “trough of sorrow”. During this phase, many teams make the classic mistake of adding the “next feature” in hopes to spark traction for the entire product. Instead, mobile startups should consider a “zoom-in” pivot, where a single feature becomes the whole product

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Pushing innovation and cost effectiveness through Design-to-Cost

5 April 2012
Per Stenius

In industries such as automotive, IT and telecom the drive for continuous innovation while reducing costs have long been the norm. The same trend has spread to other areas as well, touching both products and services; customers want more, but they want it for less. There is an increased demand for simultaneous innovation and cost reduction

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