Special Report: Keeping Complex Projects on Track

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Reducing Unwelcome Surprises in Project Management

A project’s “unknown unknowns” can be reduced through both product design approaches and behavioral approaches.

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Accelerating Projects by Encouraging Help

Making it safe to be honest about when projects are getting off track can promote cooperative behavior.

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How Executive Sponsors Influence Project Success

The role of project sponsors is often overlooked, but actively engaged executives are crucial to a project’s success.

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What Successful Project Managers Do

Successful project managers often combine elements of traditional and agile approaches to project management.

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Special Collection: "Keeping Complex Projects on Track"

How can you increase the probability that the large and complex projects you lead or sponsor go well? Four MIT SMR articles offer new insights from leading researchers on project management:

How Executive Sponsors Influence Project Success
By Timothy J. Kloppenborg and Debbie Tesch

Accelerating Projects by Encouraging Help
By Fabian J. Sting, Christoph H. Loch and Dirk Stempfhuber

What Successful Project Managers Do
By Alexander Laufer, Edward J. Hoffman, Jeffrey S. Russell and Scott W. Cameron

Reducing Unwelcome Surprises in Project Management
By Tyson R. Browning and Ranga V. Ramasesh

Making Better Decisions

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UMT360 brings you a free collection of MIT Sloan Management Review articles on project management success.

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Classic MIT SMR: Quality & Service

What Does “Product Quality” Really Mean?

October 15, 1984 | David A. Garvin

Is quality objective or subjective? Is it timeless or socially determined? David A. Garvin of the Harvard Business School looks at five major approaches to defining quality and addresses the empirical relationships between quality and variables such as price, advertising, market share, cost and profitability. “These distinctions are more than just theoretical niceties,” he writes. “They are the key to using quality as a competitive weapon.”

Executing Strategic Vision

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To turn strategic thinking into successful action means developing ways to push new ideas, beliefs, and visions forward. Open access to this group of MIT Sloan Management Review articles on strategic thinking and execution is provided courtesy of the Strategic Thinking Institute.

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How Strategic Is Your Board?

Strategic thinking by corporate boards is more important than ever for business survival.

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The Opportunity Paradox

How can managers best meet the challenge of capturing new growth opportunities?

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‘People Analytics’ Through Super-Charged ID Badges

Humanyze helps interpret social data so that businesses can identify the best collaborative practices of the most effective people.

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Social Media’s Expanding Relationship Universe

Social media is changing how people relate to one another, say social psychologists.

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Are Social Media’s Benefits Getting Lost in Translation?

For multinational companies, language barriers are a key obstacle to social business. Can a multilingual approach work?

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Are You Ready For the Certainty of the Unknown?

Companies and individuals will need to embrace impermanence and continual reconfiguring in “the remix era.”

Global Sustainability In Action

These articles explore how a sustainability mindset is moving into business in 2015.

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MasterCard Pins Down the Cash Economy

When social support is delivered in cash, corruption and theft are rife. MasterCard is helping governments find a more secure alternative.

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Innovating With Technology

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Winning the Race With Ever-Smarter Machines

To gain leverage from ever-improving technologies, companies need new processes and business models.

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Revamping Your Business Through Digital Transformation

By using mobile devices, social media, analytics and the cloud, savvy companies are transforming the way they do business.

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The Collective Intelligence Genome

Large, loosely organized groups of people can work together electronically in surprisingly effective ways.

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The 4 Ways IT Is Revolutionizing Innovation

The rising data flood and emerging tools for analyzing it are changing the ways innovation gets done.