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How Boards Botch CEO Succession

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

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Debating Disruptive Innovation

Three experts provide their responses to the article “How Useful Is the Theory of Disruptive Innovation?”

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Now That Your Products Can Talk, What Will They Tell You?

Products connected to the Internet of Things are providing unprecedented levels of information.

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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.

New Perspectives on Strategy

Open access brought to you by CBSEE-stacked1

How can a business leader make the most impact on an organization? Open access to these three MIT Sloan Management Review articles about navigating strategic decisions in today’s digital world is provided courtesy of Columbia Business School Executive Education.

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Managing Financial Risk

UBS Reports Writedowns of 18.5 Billion GBP

Is Your Company Addicted to Value Extraction?

Is your company focused on creating value — or on siphoning it off from others?

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Why It Pays to Become a Rule Maker

Businesses have the potential to be rule makers as well as players in establishing environmental regulations.

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Gaining a New Understanding of Risk

In these days of uncertain markets, how do you manage risk prudently – yet still grow your company?

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Can High-Frequency Trading Drive the Stock Market Off a Cliff?

A computer simulation of high-frequency trading behavior yields new insights into market volatility.

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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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How CEOs Can Leverage Twitter

By tweeting, CEOs have an opportunity to initiate and influence online conversations.

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Lessons from Gates, Jobs, and Grove

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.

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How to Avoid Platform Traps

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

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A New Focus on the CEO Agenda

Aligning Corporate Learning With Strategy

September 1, 2015 | Shlomo Ben-Hur, Bernard Jaworski, and David Gray

Too many corporate learning and development programs focus on the wrong things. “The word ‘learning,’ which has largely replaced ‘training’ in the corporate lexicon, suggests ‘knowledge for its own sake,’” write the authors. “However, to justify its existence, corporate learning needs to serve the organization’s stated goals.” Understanding the strategic agenda of the CEO should be a top focus of learning leaders, who can then developing an agenda that is reflective of the CEO’s priorities.