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It’s not enough to offer great pay and benefits anymore. Employees want their workplace to reflect and support who they are.
Phil Simon (author and consultant), interviewed by Gerald C. (Jerry) Kane
Over-reliance on email is sapping people’s time and energy, says author Phil Simon. There are better ways to do things.
Being fresh for the work day requires prioritizing sleep — which organizations can do a better job encouraging.
March 16, 2015 | Timothy J. Kloppenborg and Debbie Tesch
In each stage of a project's life cycle, two or three behaviors have significant impact on the project's likelihood for success. These behaviors, by the executive who is sponsoring the project, ensure effective partnerships with project managers and require a great deal of informal dialogue. They include setting performance goals, establishing priorities, ensuring quality and capturing lessons learned.
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.
Nicolai J. Foss and Peter G. Klein
Managerial authority is essential when decisions are time-sensitive, knowledge is concentrated and decisions need to be coordinated.
By MIT Sloan Management Review
This year’s winning article is “Making Mergers Work,” by Hamid Bouchikhi and John R. Kimberly.
Evgeny Kaganer et al.
Tapping a virtual, on-demand workforce requires new management models and skills.
Jay Mulki et al.
Companies need to help telecommuters overcome workplace isolation and limited visibility.
Ralph W. Adler and Toshiro Hiromoto
Kyocera Corp.'s distinctive management system seeks profitable growth by extreme decentralization.
Andrew Campbell et al.
At too many large companies, corporate functions like HR and IT don’t get enough strategic direction from the CEO.
| Felipe A. Csaszar and Alfredo Enrione
How do managers “decide how to decide”? Boards and management teams often try to gain consensus, but that’s not always the best course. Research offers insights into when consensus building is the right way to go and when it isn’t — and how leaders can determine the best form of decision making for a given situation. “By prompting a rule on how the decision will be made — by unanimity, majority or delegation — you can significantly influence what will be decided,” note the authors.
Fabian J. Sting et al.
Making it safe to be honest about when projects are getting off track can promote cooperative behavior.
Employees can be inspired to perform better if their creativity is challenged through teamwork.
Daniel M. Cable et al.
Employee orientation practices that focus on individual identity can lower employee turnover.
Rob Cross et al.
Once managers grasp the patterns of employee interactions, they can reduce network inefficiencies.
February 19, 2015 | Jayanta Banerjee, Tom Franklin and David DeLong
A social collaboration platform creates the opportunity for accessing critical tacit and implicit knowledge among retirees or the aging workforce. Leaders can leverage a broad assemblage of technologies (mobile, instant messaging, etc.), activities (content management, polls, ideation, etc.) and content outputs (videos, blogs, recommendations) to create a platform that increases access and stimulates participation. Such platforms can form extended communities among users who would not normally collaborate.
Ellen R. Auster and Trish Ruebottom
Executives can successfully navigate the skepticism and fear that often stunt change initiatives.
Andy Binns et al.
What does it take to transform an organization before a crisis hits?
By Michael Boppel et al.
When CEOs use corporate programs to drive strategic renewal, program design is key.
Mining the middle ground between wholesale change and pilot projects can improve your organization.
Douglas A. Ready and Jay A. CongerThe authors offer a framework that executives can use to ensure that their new visions for their businesses become more than just pipe dreams.
GM and Toyota launched their joint auto plant where GM’s work force had been at its worst. Here’s what happened next.