Do Metrics Undermine Strategy? Depends on What and Where You Measure!

Sep 17, 2019, 09:00 AM
Metrics in a favorite question from listeners. How and who to measure. Harvard Business Review has a proposal this month Sept 2019. WE think they fell in many traps and work to help you examine how strategy and metrics go together, and how markets dictate more.

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