Focus On: Digital Business

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Thriving in an Increasingly Digital Ecosystem

To prepare for digital disruption, companies need to consider which of four business models to adapt.

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Strategy, not Technology, Drives Digital Transformation

The 2015 Digital Business Report by MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte identifies strategy, not technology, as the key driver of success in the digital arena.

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How Twitter Users Can Generate Better Ideas

There's a link between the amount of diversity in employees’ Twitter networks and the quality of their ideas.

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How Digital Transformation Is Making Health Care Safer, Faster and Cheaper

What does it take to bring world class digital technology to one of the world’s leading medical centers?

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MIT SMR Winning Article on Planned Change

The 2015 Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize

August 19, 2015 | MIT Sloan Management Review

This year’s winning article is “Combining Purpose With Profits,” by Julian Birkinshaw, Nicolai J. Foss, and Siegwart Lindenberg. The authors examine a familiar question for managers: How can the tension between purpose and profits be best managed? The article explores the kinds of structures companies need to pursue "pro-social" goals. The Beckhard Prize is awarded annually to the authors of the most outstanding MIT SMR article on planned change and organizational development.

Inside the Maker Movement

More people are becoming makers, tinkerers and ad-hoc designers. At the same time, companies are figuring out how to tap into that richness of creativity and turn consumers into partners.

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The Age of the Consumer-Innovator

Consumers generate massive amounts of product innovation — which has significant implications for new product development.

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Marketing In Five Dimensions

With the explosion of new technologies comes a new universe of data — and Epsilon is helping businesses navigate it.

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Adapting to the Sharing Economy

New strategies are helping companies embrace “collaborative consumption” and the "sharing economy."

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Ordinary People, Extraordinary Results

Competing With Ordinary Resources

March 16, 2015 | Frédéric Fréry, Xavier Lecocq and Vanessa Warnier

Not every company can be built around exceptional talent or exclusive technology. Instead, companies also can thrive by the innovative use of ordinary resources, such as well-managed staffs and competent websites. As management scholars Sumantra Ghoshal and Christopher Bartlett once wrote: “The key function of management is to help ordinary people produce extraordinary results.” The authors examine how business models leveraging regular resources will take different approaches than those focused on scarce strategic resources.

Building Employee Engagement

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Measuring the Benefits of Employee Engagement

Research suggests that high levels of employee engagement are associated with higher rates of profitability growth.

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Would Your Employees Recommend You?

The answer to that simple question may reveal a lot about your organization.

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Salary, Benefits, Bonus … and Being

It’s not enough to offer great pay and benefits anymore. Employees want their workplace to reflect and support who they are.

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Reinventing Employee Onboarding

Employee orientation practices that focus on individual identity can lower employee turnover.

New in Data & Analytics

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Telling Data’s Story With Graphics

Graphic presentations of data are making it easier for sales people to see how they’re performing.

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At This Education Nonprofit, A Is for Analytics

Chicago nonprofit Christopher House uses data to drive outcomes in providing education services to low-income families.

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