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Exploring the Digital Future of Management

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Ethics and the Algorithm

Behind every piece of code that drives our decisions is a human making human judgments about what matters and what does not.

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New: The 2016 Digital Business Report

Aligning the Organization for Its Digital Future

July 26, 2016 | Gerald C. Kane, Doug Palmer, Anh Nguyen Phillips, David Kiron, and Natasha Buckley

Digitally savvy executives are already aligning their people, processes, and culture to achieve their organizations’ long-term digital success.

Special Report: Leading Data-Driven Change

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Do You Know What Really Drives Your Business’s Performance?

Performance topology maps offer managers a signpost pointing toward smarter strategies.

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Achieving Meritocracy in the Workplace

New research shows bias exists even in merit-based systems — but a data-centric approach can help.

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Improving Analytics Capabilities Through Crowdsourcing

Open-innovation platforms, used thoughtfully, can expand a company’s access to analytics talent.

Crafting Successful Strategies

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What do executives need to know to become better strategists? Open access to these three MIT Sloan Management Review articles about mastering the art of setting strategy is provided courtesy of Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Mastering Strategy

How can executives develop their skills as strategists? One way is to learn from the masters.

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Which Strategy When?

Managers must figure out when it’s best to pursue strategies of position, leverage or opportunity.

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Creativity and Idea Generation

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Innovation starts with great ideas. Open access to these three MIT Sloan Management Review articles about the idea-generation process is provided courtesy of PwC.

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The Discipline of Creativity

Managers can’t afford to rely on haphazard, hit-or-miss approaches to idea generation.

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Is Your Company Choosing the Best Innovation Ideas?

Generating good innovation proposals from within the ranks of the organization is only the beginning. The more difficult part is creating a selection process that identifies which ideas to implement.

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Achieving Long-Term Digital Success

Infographic: Moving Digital Transformation Forward

| MIT Sloan Management Review

An infographic provides highlights of MIT SMR‘s 2016 digital business report and illustrates the importance of aligning talent, culture, leadership, and strategy for long-term digital success.

Managing Intellectual Property

Developing Effective Intellectual Property Partnerships

All too often, companies from emerging and established economies talk past each other when discussing intellectual property. The result is that often fail to consider all their options for a productive collaboration. The authors detail five ways that companies can structure such IP partnerships, and say that it’s important for a company to choose the one that’s the best fit for the project: “The choice of IP business models is a strategic decision, not merely a legal matter.”

Navigating the Patent Minefield Through Consortia

Bringing high-tech inventions built on patented technologies to market can be complicated and risky. The threat of added costs from patent infringement lawsuits has led technology companies to pool their talents — and patents — in technology consortia. Joining a tech consortium requires managers to weigh intellectual property value against the value of future collaborations and assess the consortium’s pros and cons for innovation, competition, and market creation.

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Finding Metrics That Matter

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Are Nonfinancial Metrics Good Leading Indicators of Future Financial Performance?

Do nonfinancial metrics accurately reflect performance? That depends on what you measure — and how.

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Avoiding Analytical Myopia

The blinders and focus that work well to optimize the details of a problem may prevent managers from seeing other options.

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The Metrics That Marketers Muddle

Despite their importance, five popular marketing metrics are regularly misunderstood and misused.

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Monitor, Measure, Incentivize: Is Management as Simple as That?

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Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom’s study of 30,000 firms identifies the practices common to well managed operations.

Making Better Decisions

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When Consensus Hurts the Company

Research offers insights into when trying to reach consensus is the right course, and when it isn’t.

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Embrace Your Ignorance

The overconfidence of presumed expertise is counterproductive. Instead, data trumps intuition.