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Crafting Health Care’s Future at Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Yan Chow is a director in the Innovation and Advanced Technology group at Kaiser Permanente. While a physician with over two decades of primary care clinical practice experience, Dr. Chow also has a keen interest in technology (he’s founded several technology startups). His areas of expertise: health care IT innovation, telehealth, big data and analytics. Here, he talks about innovation and the future of health care.

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Amoeba Management: Lessons From Japan’s Kyocera

A persistent challenge for companies as they grow is how to maintain the high level of dynamism and employee commitment that drove success in the early days. Over the years, thoughtful managers and management theorists have formulated many approaches for dealing with the problem, all aimed at giving managers and employees more responsibility and accountability for the performance of their own profit centers. But few companies have taken things as far as Kyocera Corp.

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Rethinking Management

Most executives spend a reasonable amount of time thinking about the business model for their organization. But how much time do they spend considering the company’s management model? In his book “Reinventing Management,” Julian Birkinshaw urges businesspeople to give more thought to management models. In a Q&A, Birkinshaw explains why management has been “corrupted” over the last 100 years, and what should change.

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Debunking Management Myths

“Management” or “leadership”? Management, according to McGill University’s Henry Mintzberg, is often misunderstood. Sometimes it is idealized as work that should involve detached planning and strategizing. But many of the most interesting strategies emerge as managers deal with small actions day to day.

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Overcoming innovation hurdles

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What’s one of the challenges to successful management or process innovation in an existing business? The array of organizational structures that are designed to keep current processes running smoothly.

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Management innovation: No easy task

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Think product innovation is hard? Management innovation is even harder, according to Julian Birkinshaw of the London Business School.

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Why We Miss the Signs

It often seems that changes and threats come out of nowhere – until we learn later that the signals were there all along and we just didn”t read them correctly. One step toward reading them better is understanding why we misinterpret them in the first place.

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Good management = less energy use

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Here's an intriguing finding from a new working paper:  Companies that use modern management best practices tend to also use less energy. A team of researchers from Stanford, the London School of Economics and Cambridge University studied a sample of mid-sized manufacturing companies in the U.K.

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How to Have Influence

The difference between effective and ineffective change makers is that the effective ones don’t rely on a single source of influence. They marshal several sources at once to get superior results.

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A company without headquarters

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The Economist this week highlights Lenovo, the Chinese computer company that some years back bought IBM's PC business, as an example of the new era of business innovation emerging from developing economies.

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Inside Pixar’s Creative Culture

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Pixar has an impressive record of producing hit movies -- from Toy Story to Finding Nemo to WALL-E.  In the September issue of the Harvard Business Review, Ed Catmull, cofounder and president of Pixar, describes the corporate culture that helps the studio stay creative.

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