Featured Strategy Articles


How to Catalyze Innovation in Your Organization

Executives can foster innovation by understanding and tapping the power of employee networks.


Building a Winning Business Model Portfolio

Business model diversification requires careful assessments of each model’s strategic contributions.


Using Scenario Planning to Reshape Strategy

A new approach to scenario planning can help companies reframe their long-term strategies.


Summer 2017 Special Report:

Create Your Company’s Future

June 13, 2017 | Martha E. Mangelsdorf

A recent trend that reflects our turbulent times: MIT SMR readers are reading up on scenario planning strategies.

Strategic Collaboration

Competing Through Joint Innovation

The Chinese telecom company Huawei has used strategic partnerships to gain ground in Europe.

Navigating the Patent Minefield Through Consortia

Tech consortia help reduce patent risk, but managers must weigh the pros and cons for innovation.

How to Manage Alliances Strategically

A strategic framework that eliminates faulty assumptions can help make alliances successful.

Developing Innovative Solutions Through Internal Crowdsourcing

If managed well, internal crowdsourcing initiatives can open up a rich source of innovation.

Paths to Success in Global Markets


Using Strategic Foresight

The Flare and Focus of Successful Futurists

March 17, 2017 | Amy Webb

Any organization intent on surviving and thriving into the future must follow a disciplined approach to “flaring” and “focusing,” as it alternates between broadly imagining and vigorously challenging the possibilities.


Financial Management and Risk

The Big Squeeze: How Compression Threatens Old Industries

Accelerating compression of both revenues and profits may rapidly prove fatal to traditional businesses. Consider the accelerating decline of voice calls as a means of communicating via mobile telephone: From 2013 to 2015, average mobile voice revenue per user declined globally by 19%, and a further decline of 26% is expected through 2020. To stave off disaster, incumbents must transform and renew their core operations — while also growing into new businesses and industries.

Saving Money Through Structured Problem-Solving

As busy as they are, leaders need to find ways to observe fundamental work processes in their organizations. When they do, they usually discover that there are gaps between theory and reality in how works get done. Michael Morales’ experience — in which identifying and addressing such gaps led to his company saving $50,000 in just 60 days — is a case in point.


Do You Have the Right Business Model?


The Hard Truth About Business Model Innovation

Successful business model innovation requires an understanding of how business models evolve.


Managing Tensions Between New and Existing Business Models

Staying competitive may mean exploring new business models — but watch out for internal tensions.


The Next Wave of Business Models in Asia

Many Asian startups are competing on business model innovation and new technology rather than cost.


Rise of the Strategy Machines

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Although it’s unlikely that a single system will be able to handle all strategic decisions, the narrow intelligence that computers display today is already sufficient to handle specific strategic problems.