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Featured Leadership Articles

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The Other Talent War: Competing Through Alumni

It's smart to be on good terms with former employees. Recent research, however, shows it’s also wise to follow competitors’ former employees.

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Balancing Exploration and Exploitation

New research offers insights into factors that can affect the decision-making process.

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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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Sleep, a “Key to Human Sustainability”

Why Sleep Is a Strategic Resource

December 16, 2014 | Christopher M. Barnes and Gretchen Spreitzer

Simple as it sounds, regular sleep is the best antidote for a fatigued or stressed-out workforce. But many modern workplaces condone practices that are not conducive to healthy sleep schedules, with leaders setting the expectation that others need to be at the office at all hours of the day and night. The authors argue that managers should “allow employees to separate from work when the workday is finished” and think of sleep as a strategic resource that is a key to human sustainability.

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Strategies in Organizational Structure

Do businesses run better with an egalitarian organization or with top-down management? What about a combination of both? These articles explore a variety of approaches to organizational structure.

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Why Managers Still Matter

Managerial authority is essential when decisions are time-sensitive, knowledge is concentrated and decisions need to be coordinated.

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Managing the Human Cloud

Tapping a virtual, on-demand workforce requires new management models and skills.

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“Companies need a unique set of beliefs”

Uncommon Sense: How to Turn Distinctive Beliefs Into Action

March 20, 2012 | Jules Goddard, Julian Birkinshaw and Tony Eccles

Most strategy making begins in the wrong place. Many companies rely on frameworks and models from the strategist’s toolbox, including industry analysis, market segmentation, benchmarking and outsourcing. As a result, they short-circuit the real work of strategy and miss out on finding new insights into the preferences or behaviors of current or potential customers. Few companies develop original strategies by formulating hypotheses and then testing them in a competitive setting.

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Today’s business leaders have access to more data than ever, but making sense of all that data is challenging. Open access to this group of MIT Sloan Management Review articles on 21st-century leadership skills is provided courtesy of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

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How to Become a Better Leader

To grow as an executive, you need to recognize and manage your strongest tendencies.

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How to Manage Change

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From the Editor: Creating and Leading Change

Technology-driven change is a given these days. The problem: Companies often struggle with change.

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Navigating the Politics and Emotions of Change

Executives can successfully navigate the skepticism and fear that often stunt change initiatives.

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Avoiding Layoff Blunders

It’s surprisingly common for companies to make mistakes in their layoff decisions — and the mistakes can be expensive.

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SloanSelect Collection: The Art and Science of Change Management

Get three of the most read and discussed articles from MIT SMR‘s change management archive.