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Maverick* Research: How Invasive Species, From Burmese Pythons to Kudzu Plants, Succeed in Nature and in Business

Published: 23 September 2013

ID: G00255495

Analyst(s): Robert Hetu , Miriam Burt


Market entrants that adopt traits of invasive species maximize opportunity and cause permanent change. Failure by executive officers to anticipate and detect invaders can be fatal. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Table Of Contents


  • *Maverick Research
  • Introduction
  • Analysis
  • Unique and Fearsome Traits of Invaders
    • Burmese Python
    • Brown Tree Snake
    • Kudzu
    • Snakehead Fish
    • Crazy Ant
    • Avian Malaria
    • Western Mosquitofish
    • Miconia
  • Invaders Follow a Treacherous Path During Invasion
    • Steps on the Path to Success for Species Invasion
  • How the Invasion Syndrome Enables Invasion Success
  • Longevity Is Predicated on a Natural Selection Process
  • The Impact of Invasion on the Invaded
    • Most Eradication Efforts Fail
  • The Invasion Management Continuum
  • Anticipate, Detect and Manage Invasion

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