We here at MIT Sloan Management Review are voracious readers. After all, part of our service is to read management literature so you don’t have to read all of it. But it’s not only academic journals that are full of smart management ideas you can act on. This week’s issue of The Economist has a pair of articles in particular that hit the spot:
In “Creative Tension,” the magazine looks at ways Google is trying to make sure that the inevitable bureaucracy that comes with having 20,000 employees doesn’t stifle innovation. The example in question is Google Wave, a still-in-development mix of email, chat, and file-sharing that some think might unseat Microsoft’s SharePoint. How different was the development of Wave from what the company does usually? Quite a bit. “Some Googlers felt this was a betrayal of the firm’s open culture.”
“A Maket for Ideas” looks at how the Eli Lilly startup Innocentive has created an “innovation marketplace.” “Seekers” post problems and quote a fee; “solvers” compete to answer them. It’s turning out to be a successful model, even as the parent Eli Lilly is cutting jobs.
Finally, the magazine also debuted a new column on business and management that it’s calling “Schumpeter.” As you might expect, the column kicks off with an entry on why it is named after Joseph Schumpeter, who the column identifies as “one of the few intellectuals who saw business straight.” We’re curious to see how this new page tries to do the same.