Frontiers

Exploring the Digital Future of Management

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Are You Ready for Robot Colleagues?

In the future workplace, humans may supplement the skills of machines — and not the other way around.

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Ethics and the Algorithm

Behind every piece of code that drives our decisions is a human making human judgments about what matters and what does not.

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Special Report: Leading Data-Driven Change

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Do You Know What Really Drives Your Business’s Performance?

Performance topology maps offer managers a signpost pointing toward smarter strategies.

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Achieving Meritocracy in the Workplace

New research shows bias exists even in merit-based systems — but a data-centric approach can help.

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Improving Analytics Capabilities Through Crowdsourcing

Open-innovation platforms, used thoughtfully, can expand a company’s access to analytics talent.

Compensating Employees Fairly

Getting the Short End of the Stick: Racial Bias in Salary Negotiations

June 15, 2016 | Morela Hernandez and Derek R. Avery

By addressing the less-recognized causes of gender and racial pay inequality in the workplace, companies can attract a more diverse workforce and better leverage it in the quest to attain sustained competitive advantage.

Crafting Successful Strategies

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What do executives need to know to become better strategists? Open access to these three MIT Sloan Management Review articles about mastering the art of setting strategy is provided courtesy of Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Mastering Strategy

How can executives develop their skills as strategists? One way is to learn from the masters.

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Which Strategy When?

Managers must figure out when it’s best to pursue strategies of position, leverage or opportunity.

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Why Executives Need Time to Think

The Lost Art of Thinking in Large Organizations

June 3, 2016 | Duncan Simester

Making the transition from management to leadership requires managers to exercise skills in strategic thinking — skills they don’t often get to practice in the action-oriented environment they know best. Managers moving into senior leadership must learn to embrace ambiguity and uncertainty and learn the importance of taking time to think things through.

Creativity and Idea Generation

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Innovation starts with great ideas. Open access to these three MIT Sloan Management Review articles about the idea-generation process is provided courtesy of PwC.

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The Discipline of Creativity

Managers can’t afford to rely on haphazard, hit-or-miss approaches to idea generation.

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Is Your Company Choosing the Best Innovation Ideas?

Generating good innovation proposals from within the ranks of the organization is only the beginning. The more difficult part is creating a selection process that identifies which ideas to implement.

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How Boards Can Support Sustainable Business

The Board That Embraced Stakeholders Beyond Shareholders

Few companies have come right out and said that they serve stakeholders beyond their shareholders. But in 2015, the board of Sweden’s Atlas Copco set the bar for sustainability by including a statement of materiality and significant audiences in its annual report. Atlas Copco’s Statement shows how a company’s board can protect managers in the face of pressure from short-term investors so they can make the long-term decisions necessary for a sustainable strategy.

The Paris Agreement — It's Down to Business

The Paris Agreement signals the end of the fossil fuel era, shifting the entire world economy — with huge implications for business. Governments in 195 countries committed to climate goals, but the scale of the transition required is such that governments can’t do it alone. We need business to fully commit, too. And the mechanism for this commitment can be found in business by-laws and constitution statements.

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Finding Metrics That Matter

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Are Nonfinancial Metrics Good Leading Indicators of Future Financial Performance?

Do nonfinancial metrics accurately reflect performance? That depends on what you measure — and how.

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Avoiding Analytical Myopia

The blinders and focus that work well to optimize the details of a problem may prevent managers from seeing other options.

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The Metrics That Marketers Muddle

Despite their importance, five popular marketing metrics are regularly misunderstood and misused.

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Can You Measure Leadership?

At top companies, where the inspired use of metrics helps to identify potential leaders and develop their skills, the answer is yes.

Getting Product Development Right

Why Great New Products Fail

March 15, 2016 | Duncan Simester

Many innovative new products don’t succeed. One common reason: Companies don’t focus on understanding how customers make purchase decisions. But paying attention to how customers search for information about what to buy, and how they make guesses about details they can’t easily find, helps predict whether customers will embrace certain product innovations. Companies need to focus on innovations that customers will easily recognize or find ways to alert them to innovations they may not detect on their own.

Making Better Decisions

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When Consensus Hurts the Company

Research offers insights into when trying to reach consensus is the right course, and when it isn’t.

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Embrace Your Ignorance

The overconfidence of presumed expertise is counterproductive. Instead, data trumps intuition.