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Analytics: The Widening Divide

In this second joint MIT Sloan Management Review and IBM Institute for Business Value study, we see a growing divide between those companies that, on one side, see the value of business analytics and are transforming themselves to take advantage of these newfound opportunities, and those, on the other, that have yet to embrace them.

Sustainability: The 'Embracers' Seize Advantage

This report on the second annual Sustainability & Innovation Global Executive Study by MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group reveals two distinct camps of companies: “embracers” — those who place sustainability high on their agenda — and “cautious adopters,” who focus more on energy cost savings, material efficiency, and risk mitigation. The report identifies seven practices exhibited by embracers, which together begin to define sustainability-driven management.

Analytics: The New Path to Value

Nearly every company knows enough about the well-documented “data deluge” to know that it presents both threats and opportunities. It turns out that the smartest companies (top performers in their industries) are already capitalizing on increased information richness and analytics to gain competitive advantage—and that it’s these analytics-“sophisticate” organizations that, having begun to recognize the opportunities for differentiation, are the most ambitious about ramping up their analytics implementation and their ability to act on information-driven insights.

Capturing the Green Advantage

Companies and consumers finally understand green as something more than a fad. In this special report, via surveys, interviews, web resources, and a roundtable discussion, MIT Sloan Management Review explores the best ideas for building green products that capture consumers and green practices that sustain businesses. What are the best practices? Which companies are doing them well?

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The Business of Sustainability

How worried are executives and other stakeholders in about the impact of sustainability efforts on the corporate bottom line? What if anything are companies doing to capitalize on sustainability? What strategies are they pursuing? To answer these questions, MIT Sloan Management Review and The BCG Consulting Group began, in 2009, a survey-based research project. This report discusses these early findings.

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