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Exploring the Digital Future of Management

When People Don’t Trust Algorithms

University of Chicago’s Berkeley Dietvorst explains why we can’t let go of human judgment — to our own detriment.

Seeing Beyond the Blockchain Hype

The transformative potential of blockchain is real, but so are the challenges to its implementation.

The 2017 Digital Business Report

Achieving Digital Maturity

July 13, 2017 | Gerald C. Kane, Doug Palmer, Anh Nguyen Phillips, David Kiron, and Natasha Buckley

In the 2017 Digital Business Report, MIT SMR and Deloitte find that digitally maturing companies are achieving success by increasing collaboration, scaling innovation, and revamping their approach to talent.

Where Does Customization Fit Into Your Supply Chain?

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Supply Chains Built for Speed and Customization

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Thanks to technologies like 3-D printing, a new supply chain model is emerging.

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Choosing Scope Over Focus

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New digital technologies are changing the rules of competition by expanding the boundaries of what a company can handle and introducing new sources of advantage.

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Getting Past the Hype About 3-D Printing

Near-term expectations for additive manufacturing techniques are overoptimistic.

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Business Model Innovation

Building a Winning Business Model Portfolio

June 13, 2017 | Paolo Aversa, Stefan Haefliger, and Danielle Giuliana Reza

Many companies today are operating several business models at once. But despite the potential that business model diversification has for generating growth and profit, executives need to carefully assess the strategic contributions of each element of their business model portfolio.

New Approaches to Leadership Development

A Data-Driven Approach to Identifying Future Leaders

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Many executives believe they are good at identifying leadership talent. However, when asked how they make their decisions, they often cite intuition or “gut” instincts. Social science research, on the other hand, suggests that individuals are often prone to cognitive biases in such decisions. Rather than just relying on the subjective opinions of executives, some companies are using assessment tools to identify high-potential talent.

Leadership Development’s Epic Fail

Any approach to leadership development that tries to reduce the complexities of leadership to a series of standard boxes to be ticked or traits to be emulated will have little enduring impact.

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The Business Impact of Artificial Intelligence

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Video: Preparing for the Changes AI Will Bring to Tomorrow’s Jobs

A panel at the 2017 MIT CIO Symposium discusses how artificial intelligence will transform how we work.

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Video: The Impact of Machine Learning on Work Is Bigger Than You Think

A new phase of technology-enhanced work is upon us.

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Augmentation Versus Automation: AI’s Utility in the Workplace

The challenges of leading companies through the AI revolution were examined in a recent symposium.

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How to Thrive — and Survive — in a World of AI Disruption

The challenge we face today is not a “world without work” but a world with rapidly changing work.

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Employee Morale and Satisfaction

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The Smart Way to Respond to Negative Emotions at Work

Many executives try to ignore negative emotions in the workplace, but that tactic can be costly.

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What Makes Work Meaningful — Or Meaningless

There’s no single formula for making work meaningful — but poor management is a universal obstacle.

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The Missing Piece in Employee Development

Companies want managers to help employees develop and improve — but many managers don’t know how.

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What’s Popular

The 10 Most Popular New MIT SMR Articles

July 6, 2017 | Martha E. Mangelsdorf

In the first half of 2017, MIT SMR website visitors showed high interest in articles about how artificial intelligence will affect the job market and organizations. In fact, three of the 10 most-read pieces of new MIT SMR editorial content during that period address some aspect of that question. But the other seven most popular new articles cover a wide range of topics — from dealing with negative emotions in the workplace to exploring the organizational implications of blockchain technology.

Corporate Sustainability

Corporate Sustainability at a Crossroads

In the final report of our eight-year study of how corporations address sustainability, MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group examine the crossroads at which sustainability now finds itself. Despite sociopolitical upheaval that threatens to reverse key gains, our research has shown that companies can develop workable — and profitable — sustainability strategies to reduce their impact on the global environment by incorporating eight key lessons.

Aligning Business and Government on Climate Change

The U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accord stems from a fundamental disagreement over whether industries and markets have world-changing power. The irony: Despite his strong stance on market solutions, the President’s position on climate change assumes markets to be weaker, not stronger.