Fall Special Report: Tomorrow’s Leaders


The Leaders’ Choice

New business executives face a choice: What kind of companies do they want to lead?


Aligning Corporate Learning With Strategy

Corporate learning programs should focus on the CEO’s strategic agenda rather than how learning is delivered.


What High-Potential Young Managers Want

Talented young professionals exhibit a new approach to both their careers and organizational loyalty.


Developing the Next Generation of Enterprise Leaders

Organizations need to help executives look beyond individual units toward the broader enterprise.

Special Collection

Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders

Download a free collection of MIT SMR articles on developing the next generation of corporate leaders. This special collection includes:

Developing the Next Generation of Enterprise Leaders
By Douglas A. Ready and M. Ellen Peebles

Aligning Corporate Learning With Strategy
By Shlomo Ben-Hur, Bernard Jaworski and David Gray

What High-Potential Young Managers Want
By Monika Hamori, Burak Koyuncu, Jie Cao and Thomas Graf

The Leaders’ Choice
By Thomas A. Kochan

Developing Tomorrow's Leaders


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Secrets, Trust, and Volkswagen

Designing Trustworthy Organizations

A lot of the literature about trust supports commonsense notions for individual leaders. But building organizational trust turns out to be different from building interpersonal trust — and less intuitive. “A new model is required to understand how to manage trust in large, complex organizations operating in highly diverse global environments,” write the authors. Once trust is broken, repair requires understanding the systemic causes of the failure and confronting deeply embedded mindsets.

Secrets in the Age of Data

Secrets may be an unexpected casualty of increasing analytical prowess — just ask Volkswagen. Companies often have information they’d rather keep under wraps; sometimes it’s innocuous, like the timing of a new product launch, but other times it’s embarrassing details about unethical or even criminal behavior. But as data analytics becomes more broadly available, the chances of keeping secrets out of public view grow slimmer every day. Will this result in a change in how companies do business?


New Lenses On Disruption

Our Fall 2015 issue takes a deep dive into the influential theory of disruptive innovation, with new research questioning how well the theory fits across the business spectrum. We also present research from Yossi Sheffi's newest book, "The Power of Resilience: How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected" (Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, September 2015) on how to reduce risks through early detection.


Five Rules For Becoming a Better Strategist

Mastering Strategy

October 8, 2015 | David B. Yoffie and Michael A. Cusumano, interviewed by Martha E. Mangelsdorf

How can executives develop their skills as strategists? One way is to learn from the masters. The book Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons From Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs (HarperCollins, 2015) explores insights drawn from the careers of these former CEOs of Microsoft, Intel, and Apple. In a Q&A, the book's authors, David B. Yoffie of Harvard Business School and Michael A. Cusumano of MIT Sloan, explain how strategic thinking is a capability that leaders — even the superstars — develop over time.

Achieving Business Model Innovation

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Does your company's business model need to change? Open access to this group of MIT Sloan Management Review articles on business model innovation is provided courtesy of PwC.


New in Digital Business


Digital Transparency and Permanence

How can enterprises balance the good and the bad of digital transparency?


Why Social Engagement May Be More Important Than Marketing

Companies need to focus more on the people already invested in the brand, says the president and COO of Sprinklr.


How is Digitization Affecting Your Business?

A short questionnaire from researchers at MIT Sloan's Center for Information Systems Research helps assess digital risk.


The Talent Imperative in Digital Business

Most employees want to work for digitally savvy companies — and many are unhappy with their company’s digital maturity.

Sustainability's Darwinian Force

The Changing Business Climate Is Causing Product Die-Offs

October 9, 2015 | Gregory Unruh

As sustainability becomes a driving force in the evolving marketplace, many products and technologies are unable to compete within the new parameters. The recent scandal involving Volkswagen’s falsifying of its diesel cars’ emissions is a case in point: If your business model can meet the ever-higher standards of sustainability only when customers reduce consumption of the product, it is by definition unsustainable. What does this mean for managers committed to products with questionable sustainability?