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Featured Innovation Articles


Tech Savvy: How Blockchains Could Transform Management

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What’s happening this week at the intersection of management and technology.


R&D, Meet E&S (Experiment & Scale)

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Fast, iterative “virtual research centers” are edging out traditional approaches to R&D.


Avoiding Analytical Myopia

The blinders and focus that work well to optimize the details of a problem may prevent managers from seeing other options.


Health Care Innovation

Digital Health Care: The Patient Will See You Now

April 5, 2016 | Kristin Darby (Cancer Treatment Centers of America), interviewed by Gerald C. Kane

Kristin Darby, CIO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, is keenly aware of the impact of digital technology on patient care. “We crave constructive disruption, so we are always challenging ourselves with the question, ‘how can technology positively impact our patients?’ If there’s value for the patient, we’re interested and we dig deeper.” Darby is interviewed by Gerald C. (Jerry) Kane, associate professor of information systems at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and a guest editor for MIT SMR.

Working With Outside Innovators

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Savvy executives know that they need to look for innovative ideas outside of their organizations as well as within it. Open access to these three MIT Sloan Management Review articles about working with outside innovation is provided courtesy of PwC.

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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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How to Manage Outside Innovation

Should external innovators be organized in collaborative communities or competitive markets? The answer depends on three crucial issues.

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Innovating for a Sustainable Future


Strategic Sustainability Uses of Life-Cycle Analysis

Companies from Apple to Unilever employ life-cycle assessment in their sustainability work and reap hidden benefits.


Sustainability-Oriented Innovation: The More the Merrier

A diverse network of stakeholders will help advance an SOI process aimed at solving public problems.


Sustainability-Oriented Innovation: A Bridge to Breakthroughs

Businesses see the value of sustainability-oriented innovation but face barriers that make the transition difficult.


A New Mix: More Sustainable Beer from Better Water Practices

How South African brewer SABMiller changed its water practices to make its beer more sustainable.


Innovation and the Power of Geography


What to Know About Locating in a Cluster

Innovation flourishes when companies are geographically close, but knowledge poaching can thrive, too.


Driving Growth and Employment Through Logistics

Logistics clusters create jobs that are difficult to move offshore and lead to economic growth.


All Fired Up in Massachusetts: The State’s New Wave of Big Data Companies

A new wave of analytics-driven companies is making Massachusetts one of the hottest U.S. centers of big data.


Innovation: Location Matters

The external environment for innovation is an important driver, and industrial clusters offer special advantages.

The Platform Business Model


How to Avoid Platform Traps

The increasing popularity of platform strategies masks a difficult truth: They are hard to execute well.


Five Strategy Rules

Mastering Strategy

October 8, 2015 | David B. Yoffie and Michael A. Cusumano, interviewed by Martha E. Mangelsdorf

How can executives develop their skills as strategists? One way is to learn from the masters. The book Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons From Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs (HarperCollins, 2015) explores insights drawn from the careers of these former CEOs of Microsoft, Intel, and Apple. In a Q&A, the book’s authors, David B. Yoffie of Harvard Business School and Michael A. Cusumano of MIT Sloan, explain how strategic thinking is a capability that leaders — even the superstars — develop over time.