About the Big Ideas Initiatives

MIT Sloan Management Review Big Ideas initiatives capture the best thinking and scholarly research on issues transforming the business environment.

Through global surveys, annual research reports, interviews with frontline leaders, case studies, videos, articles and interactive data, these collaborative programs explore critical areas of management innovation for organizations around the world.

Visit the individual topic pages for a deeper look at the materials and resources available.

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What’s New: Current Highlights

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Minding the Analytics Gap

Increased access to data can be turned into better decision making by focusing on both the production and consumption of analytics.

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Recent Research Reports

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Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability

The 2014 Sustainability Report by MIT Sloan Management Review, BCG and the United Nations Global Compact highlights new global collaborations.

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Moving Beyond Marketing

The 2014 research report by MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte finds that measurement sophistication is finally taking hold in social business.

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The Analytics Mandate

The 2014 Data & Analytics Report by MIT Sloan Management Review and SAS finds that an analytics culture offers better outcomes.

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Embracing Digital Technology

The 2013 Digital Transformation Report by MIT Sloan Management Review and Capgemini Consulting looks at the road to digital transformation.

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Spotlight on: Data & Analytics

Our ongoing investigation looks at how companies are using analytics in every facet of their businesses. These are some of the most recent articles, interviews and more on this Big Idea topic. Go to the Data & Analytics main page for more.

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Minding the Analytics Gap

Increased access to data can be turned into better decision making by focusing on both the production and consumption of analytics.

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Analytics in E Major

The Echo Nest, a “music intelligence” company, uses machine-learning technology to connect people with new music.

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Spotlight on: Social Business

Social business is much more that the use of social media for marketing — it is a tool for richer collaboration both internally and with an array of external constituencies. These are some of the most recent articles, interviews and more on this Big Idea topic. Go to the Social Business main page for more.

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Remaking a Company for the Digital Natives

USAA’s Renee Horne describes the company’s efforts to make social tools an integral part of employee engagement.

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Social Business Is Dead . . .

Social media has changed business practice dramatically — but now the very nature of social business is itself transforming.

Spotlight on: Sustainability

A new sustainability revolution is out to alter the way business is done in every function and unit of companies. These are some of the most recent articles, interviews and more on this Big Idea topic. Go to the Sustainability main page for more.

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MasterCard Pins Down the Cash Economy

When social support is delivered in cash, corruption and theft are rife. MasterCard is helping governments find a more secure alternative.

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Sustaining Sustainability

Improved performance rests not upon tangible investments, but on the intangibles of workers’ perceptions.

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