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Featured Strategy Articles

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Managing Tensions Between New and Existing Business Models

Staying competitive may mean exploring new business models — but watch out for internal tensions.

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What is Your Strategy’s Big Idea?

At the core of every great strategy is a novel and distinctive concept.

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How Boards Botch CEO Succession

Research finds three key reasons boards fail at CEO succession planning.

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Digging Into Our 2016 Data and Analytics Findings

Foundations of Analytics Strategy

April 20, 2016 | Sam Ransbotham, David Kiron, and Pamela Kirk Prentice

Competitive advantage from analytics is declining, according to the 2016 annual report about data and analytics by MIT Sloan Management Review. In this on-demand webinar, the authors of the report — Sam Ransbotham, an associate professor in information systems at Boston College and guest editor at MIT SMR; David Kiron, the executive editor of MIT SMR’s Big Ideas Initiative; and Pamela Kirk Prentice, the chief research officer at SAS Institute Inc. — discuss how analytically-sophisticated companies are managing to cultivate both innovation and competitive advantage with analytics.

Crafting Successful Strategies

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What do executives need to know to become better strategists? Open access to these three MIT Sloan Management Review articles about mastering the art of setting strategy is provided courtesy of Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Mastering Strategy

How can executives develop their skills as strategists? One way is to learn from the masters.

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Which Strategy When?

Managers must figure out when it’s best to pursue strategies of position, leverage or opportunity.

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Mapping Out Strategy

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Do You Know What Really Drives Your Business’s Performance?

Performance topology maps offer managers a signpost pointing toward smarter strategies.

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How Scenario Planning Influences Strategic Decisions

New research finds scenario-based decision making helps increase executives’ strategic flexibility.

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Stop Jumping to Solutions!

To get the best results from a decision matrix, managers should expand the options used to frame it.

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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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Embracing a Digital World

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The Dark Side of the Digital Revolution

Digital technology is changing modern business — and many executives are waiting too long to embrace those changes.

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The Importance of Strategic Thinking

The Lost Art of Thinking in Large Organizations

June 3, 2016 | Duncan Simester

Making the transition from management to leadership requires managers to exercise skills in strategic thinking — skills they don’t often get to practice in the action-oriented environment they know best. Managers moving into senior leadership must learn to embrace ambiguity and uncertainty and learn the importance of taking time to think things through.

Legal Strategy

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Strategies for Platform Businesses

Strategic Decisions for Multisided Platforms

December 19, 2013 | Andrei Hagiu

Some of the fastest growing businesses in recent years — companies such as Facebook, eBay and LinkedIn — are “multisided platforms” that enable interactions between two or more sets of participants. The spectacular success of some of these MSPs has caught the attention of many entrepreneurs and investors. But building a multisided platform business requires savvy decisions on everything from design to governance to pricing.