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Mastering the Digital Innovation Challenge

Digital innovation can require carefully balancing new capabilities and core competencies.

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The End of Focus: A New Wave of Manufacturers Will Choose Scope Over Scale

New digital technologies are changing the rules of competition by expanding the boundaries of what a company can handle and introducing new sources of advantage.

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Competing Through Joint Innovation

The Chinese telecom company Huawei has used strategic partnerships to gain ground in Europe.

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Rethinking How You Do Business

Organizing for New Technologies

Responding to disruptive technologies may mean changing your company’s organizational structure.

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Report: Using Analytics for Business Innovation

Analytics as a Source of Business Innovation

February 28, 2017 | Sam Ransbotham and David Kiron

The 2017 Data & Analytics Report by MIT Sloan Management Review finds that the percentage of companies deriving competitive advantage from analytics increased for the first time in four years. Incorporating survey results and interviews with practitioners and scholars, the report finds that companies’ increasing ability to innovate with analytics is driving a resurgence of strategic benefits from analytics across industries. The report is based, in part, on MIT SMR’s seventh annual data and analytics global survey, which includes responses from 2,602 business executives, managers, and analytics professionals from organizations located around the world.

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Harnessing the Secret Structure of Innovation

Innovation success is the result of a deliberate search using key information signals.

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Taking a Value-Chain Perspective on Innovation

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Getting value-chain partners on board is essential for innovation and e-business success.

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Finding a Lower-Risk Path to High-Impact Innovations

High-impact innovations have built-in uncertainty — but careful strategizing can reduce the risk.

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When Innovation Meets the Language of the Corner Office

What are the most effective ways to communicate the process and output of innovation to executives?

What Is the Real Potential for Blockchain?

Seeing Beyond the Blockchain Hype

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.

How Blockchain Will Change Organizations

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Blockchain technology has the potential to transform how businesses are organized and managed. It allows companies to eliminate transaction costs and use outside resources as easily as internal resources. The implications for areas such as accounting, contract negotiation and enforcement, sales and marketing, and capital investment are myriad. Companies should start exploring how this technology could impact their industry and processes.

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Using Technology to Jump-Start Innovation

Unleashing Creativity With Digital Technology

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September 12, 2016 | Robert D. Austin

In business, it’s costly to try something new, especially if it doesn’t work out. But in the digital era, technology can be deployed to augment the creative abilities of people and organizations. Today’s digital technologies have reached a level of maturation that enables cheap and rapid iteration to make new, invaluable forms of innovation possible.