Friday, February 11, 2011

Growth - But Sustainable ??

Every company wants to grow, and post liberalization we have seen companies grow at rates which were unheard of earlier. Airtel, LG, Nokia, Hyndai are examples of this fast growth..

The news is that HUL has set a target of 50,000 crores by 2015, link to the story. To put the target in perspective, it took the company 75 years to touch 20,000 crores and now wants to reach 50k. According to the news paper article these kind of target are called BHAGs, or Big Hairy Audacious Goals, in multinational parlance. Those which provide a sense of larger purpose and propels the organization to move at a faster pace.

My take on the audacious goals is that , though it might help push the company beyond the typical growth targets of 10-12% and be happy,, to look beyond and stretch their resources to meet these targets, it will also create a lot of pressure in the system ( distribution channels and sales personnel) which needs to be handled well. Even if an inorganic way of growth will not be an easy one.

But yes from an outside observer it will be interesting to see how things evolve ....



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