The new calculus of corporate portfolios

“Ecosystem” is a term we’re seeing more and more to explain the logic of mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. From Xerox’s Ursula Burns to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, many enterprise leaders are strategically reconfiguring their asset portfolios with an eye to the fast-evolving business ecosystems in which their firms are situated. This isn’t just a language change as a trendy metaphor enters the management lexicon.

Ecosystem thinking is making strategists value assets differently, and think differently about whether those assets need to be owned. The rise of business ecosystems is compelling strategists to value assets according to an additional calculus, often generating different conclusions about what should be owned.

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