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Romantic and Rational Approaches to Artificial Intelligence

Managers already struggle to put data to intelligent use; AI may add to their difficulty.

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Supply Chains Built for Speed and Customization

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Thanks to technologies like 3-D printing, a new supply chain model is emerging.

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Augmentation Versus Automation: AI’s Utility in the Workplace

The challenges of leading companies through the AI revolution were examined in a recent symposium.

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Be Bold

The Best Response to Digital Disruption

April 6, 2017 | Jacques Bughin and Nicolas van Zeebroeck

Although digitization’s disruptive influence is growing rapidly, there’s surprisingly little empirical evidence on the magnitude of digital disruption — nor any showing how companies are reacting on a broad scale. A new global survey of C-suite executives looks at how digitization unfolds across industries and how incumbents are responding. With some notable exceptions, the answer is: “Not well.”

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Culture in the Digital Age

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Don’t Give Up on Corporate Culture

Readers contest the view that corporate culture becomes less important in distributed organizations.

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The End of Corporate Culture as We Know It

In the age of networked enterprise, strong cultures may turn from assets to liabilities.

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The Need for Culture Neutrality

As firms work with increasingly diverse arrays of people, they need to adopt leadership standards that cross geographies.

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A Data-Driven Approach to Identifying Future Leaders

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May 26, 2017 | Stacey Philpot and Kelly Monahan

Many executives believe they are good at identifying leadership talent. However, when asked how they make their decisions, they often cite intuition or “gut” instincts. Social science research, on the other hand, suggests that individuals are often prone to cognitive biases in such decisions. Rather than just relying on the subjective opinions of executives, some companies are using assessment tools to identify high-potential talent.

The Rise of AI

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But Will the Algorithms Have Empathy?

How soon will smart machines start looking out for our health?

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The Jobs That Artificial Intelligence Will Create

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Instead of eliminating human workers, AI may create new jobs requiring updated skills and training.

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How to Thrive — and Survive — in a World of AI Disruption

The challenge we face today is not a “world without work” but a world with rapidly changing work.

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Don't Believe (All) the Hype

Seeing Beyond the Blockchain Hype

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March 27, 2017 | Christian Catalini, interviewed by Paul Michelman

Blockchain has recently taken center stage in the conversation about management’s digital makeover. Many believe the impact of blockchain on the ways organizations function and produce value may be greater than other technologies that have grabbed most of our recent attention — data and analytics, the cloud, even artificial intelligence.

Big Ideas

Research Findings: Analytics as a Source of Business Innovation

April 14, 2017 | Sam Ransbotham and David Kiron

Sam Ransbotham and David Kiron, co-authors of the 2017 MIT SMR Data & Analytics Research Report, “Analytics as a Source of Business Innovation,” shared the findings and insights from their research into the changing landscape for companies looking to embed data and analytics into their strategies, processes, and operations.

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