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Exploring the Digital Future of Management

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Delta’s Digital Black Swan

What’s happening this week at the intersection of management and technology: how to avoid digital black swans; partnering with early-stage startups; the trouble with wearables.

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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.

The 2016 Beckhard Memorial Prize

The 2016 Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize

August 23, 2016 | MIT Sloan Management Review

This year’s winning article is “Accelerating Projects by Encouraging Help,” by Fabian J. Sting, Christoph H. Loch, and Dirk Stempfhuber. The authors examine project planning and execution challenges and describe a case study of a company that designed a help process to encourage workers to seek and provide mutual assistance. The Beckhard Prize is awarded annually to the authors of the most outstanding MIT SMR article on planned change and organizational development.

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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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.

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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.

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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Article Download

Download "What Makes Work Meaningful — Or Meaningless"

Download a free MIT Sloan Management Review article on the five factors that support meaningful work — and the seven management sins that can destroy it. Registration required.

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HBS Executive Education

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Effective Communication

“Information” vs “Communication”: The Battle to Influence Decision Making

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Information and communications technologies (ICT) have revolutionized the way we work. But do we really understand their organizational impact? In recent research, Raffaella Sadun, Thomas S. Murphy Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School, argues that, in spite of the shared acronym, the effects of information technologies and communication technologies should not be lumped together. In fact, their influences within the enterprise not only differ but actually diverge.

When Innovation Meets the Language of the Corner Office

Effectively communicating the innovation journey and output to executives requires translation. While innovation processes are becoming more widely used across organizations, they are not always fully embraced at the executive level. Innovationists need to become bilingual — able to present in the style that strategy consulting firms use when making formal recommendations and updates. When speaking to executives, innovation leaders should make sure they are not only heard, but understood.

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Career Management

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Leading by the Numbers

It can be difficult for finance professionals to transition to broader leadership roles.

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Beware the Winning Streak

How well do people factor past performance into their expectations for the future? Not very, according to studies.

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How to Overcome a Power Deficit

Many factors cause talented executives to be sidelined, but those factors can usually be remedied.