Organizational Learning

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How to Manage Alliances Strategically

Companies that lack the resources and knowledge to undertake key strategic growth initiatives often seek partners who can fill in the gaps. The skills that make such alliances work, however, aren’t well understood; executives often make flawed assumptions that prevent the partnership from achieving its goals. An integrative, holistic framework for alliance management helps executives avoid these pitfalls and create value via strategic alliances.


Learning from innovation

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New research offers insights into the factors that affect how much an organization learns from its innovation activities.



The Education of Practicing Managers

The authors contend that contemporary management education does a disservice by standardizing content, focusing on business functions (rather than on managing practices) and training specialists (rather than general managers). Working with several major international universities, the authors have developed seven tenets to improve MBA programs by grounding them in practical experience, shared insight and thoughtful reflection.


Surfing the Edge of Chaos

Every decade or two, a big idea in management thinking takes hold and becomes widely accepted. The next big idea must enable businesses to improve the hit rate of strategic initiatives and attain the level of renewal necessary for successful execution. Scientific research on complex adaptive systems has identified principles that apply to living things, from amoebae to organizations. Four principles relevant to strategic work at Royal Dutch/Shell are outlined.



Organizational Learning -- The Key to Management Innovation

Analog Devices Chairman Ray Stata argues that U.S. industry’s most serious competitive problem lies in shrinking innovation, and sees organizational learning as the key to encouraging and sustaining future innovation. Through his work at the MIT’s Management Style Project, he combines theory and practice to better understand how to encourage organizational learning and adapt it to encourage innovation.

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