Featured Strategy Articles


How to Avoid Platform Traps

The increasing popularity of platform strategies masks a difficult truth: They are hard to execute well.


How Useful Is the Theory of Disruptive Innovation?

How well does Clayton M. Christensen’s theory describe what actually transpires in business?


The Leaders’ Choice

New business executives face a choice: What kind of companies do they want to lead?


Five Lessons From Jobs, Gates, and Grove

Mastering Strategy

October 8, 2015 | David B. Yoffie and Michael A. Cusumano, interviewed by Martha E. Mangelsdorf

How can executives develop their skills as strategists? One way is to learn from the masters. The book Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons From Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs (HarperCollins, 2015) explores insights drawn from the careers of these former CEOs of Microsoft, Intel, and Apple. In a Q&A, the book's authors, David B. Yoffie of Harvard Business School and Michael A. Cusumano of MIT Sloan, explain how strategic thinking is a capability that leaders — even the superstars — develop over time.

Is Your Business Model Broken?


The Changing Business Climate Is Causing Product Die-Offs

Sustainability is an evolutionary force that will weed out the products unfit for a sustainable future.


How to Identify New Business Models

Another method to pursue growth: Use thought experiments to assess new business model possibilities.


What to Do Against Disruptive Business Models (When and How to Play Two Games at Once)

When two business models, and two business units, make sense.


How to Revitalize Your Digital Business Model

Companies need to focus their online strategies to create a successful digital business model.


Embracing a Digital World


Linking Learning to Business Goals

"Aligning Corporate Learning With Strategy" is from the latest issue of the magazine, while "The Leader’s New Work" is a 1990 look at learning organizations by Peter Senge, and "Implementing a Learning Plan to Counter Project Uncertainty" delves into the Learning Plan concept.


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"How to Avoid Platform Traps"

Download a free MIT SMR article on how to avoid common platform strategy traps. Companies as diverse as Apple, Facebook, and Uber all have transformed industries through platform business models. But the increasing popularity of platform strategies masks a difficult truth: Such strategies are hard to execute well — and are prone to several common pitfalls. Registration required.


How to Avoid Platform Traps


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How to Transform Proactively

The Art of Strategic Renewal

December 19, 2013 | Andy Binns, J. Bruce Harreld, Charles O’Reilly III and Michael L. Tushman

What does it take to transform an organization before a crisis hits? How can leaders initiate major transformations proactively? The key often lies in strategic renewal — a set of practices that can guide leaders into a new era of innovation by building strategy, experimentation and execution into the day-to-day fabric of the organization. It’s not easy: leaders find it much easier to resist change than to embrace it.