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What it means when people who grew up with technology in their hands become the heart of a work force — and what it means if managers don’t understand them.
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Social web platforms don’t thrive by magic. They can succeed only if they attract the right individuals, motivate them to act in the right ways and empower them to know and trust others in the network. That’s where online reputation systems come in.
Maybe not, according to an article in the new Winter 2010 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review. In "How Reputation Affects Knowledge Sharing Among Colleagues," Prescott C.
In a Spring 2006 MIT Sloan Management Review article, “Enterprise 2.0: The Dawn of Emergent Collaboration,” Andrew McAfee first started to popularize the term “Enterprise 2.0” to describe the use of Web 2.0 collaboration technologies such as wikis and blogs within organizations.
Traditionally, we have tended to think of businesses (or individuals who then start businesses) as the principal source of innovative new products or services in a market economy. But, in a thought-provoking new working paper, Carliss Y.
Best practice in product development (PD) is migrating from local collaboration to global collaboration. Global product development (GPD) represents a transformation for business, and it applies to a range of industries. The objective of this article is to present frameworks that can help companies address strategic and tactical issues when considering GPD. The concepts have been developed through discussions with more than 100 companies in 15 countries in North America, Europe and Asia.
As sustainability affects how the world works, so will it affect how business works in the world. Here are eight changes that smart managers are already talking about.
Based on an investigation of the performance of 80 software development projects with varying levels of dispersion — members in different cities, countries or continents — this article asserts that virtual teams offer tremendous opportunities despite their greater managerial challenges.
In fact, dispersed teams outperformed their colocated counterparts when they had the appropriate processes in place. Those processes can be classified in two categories: task-related and socio-emotional.
How has Microsoft adapted to the era of open source? A new book, Burning the Ships: Intellectual Property and the Transformation of Microsoft, gives a detailed view into that question.
“What will be the long-term impact of the crisis on technological innovation?” Joshua Gans examines that question in the new Spring 2009 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review.
Two innovation experts see great potential in “creation networks” that include companies from a variety of regions with specialized technical expertise.
It's not uncommon to hear experts suggest that recessions are good for innovation -- in part because hard times encourage new thinking. John Chambers, Cisco's chair and CEO, goes even further. Earlier this month, in a Wall Street Journal column, he described the current economic situation as "the biggest opportunity of our lifetime."
Looking for ideas about how to help your organization thrive during the downturn? Andrew Razeghi, a lecturer at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, has posted a thoughtful essay on innovating in a recession. Razeghi combines useful tips with examples of companies that prospered during past downturns, including the Great Depression.
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