BNET has a look at five companies that made good calls and are reaping the benefits in the downturn. The two most interesting ones are Hudson City Bancorp and Clorox. You can't go back and follow in their footsteps, but it's instructive to see how Hudson avoided the subprime mess, and Clorox went green.
The Apple vignette is most useful as a cautionary tale -- companies need to respond quickly when competitors attack. CVS looks like it would be a good case study in how to manage acquisitions, but this piece is not a case study. The jury is still out on Home Depot's strategy shift.