Read the new Winter 2020 Issue

Read the new Winter 2020 Issue

The new Winter 2020 issue of MIT SMR features new insights on organizational behavior, digital transformation, marketing analytics, and more. This issue examines The Nuts and Bolts of Digital Transformation in a special report that digs into the importance of “planning backward” for the phases of transformation; promoting the interpersonal collaboration among employees that sparks change; and providing space for transformative learning. Also featured: (Re)Learn to Lead, a new series on the future of leadership in a changing world.

Special Report: The Nuts and Bolts of Digital Transformation


You’re Going Digital — Now What?

To plan for change that will stick, leaders must first understand how employees adopt digital tools.


A Noble Purpose Alone Won’t Transform Your Company

Leadership behaviors that build trust, purpose, and energy bolster collaboration and engagement.


Learning for a Living

Learning at work is work, and we can make it easier.



Exploring the Digital Future of Management

Getting From Data to Impact

Open Access Brought to You By

Building great data and analytic models is a first step toward analytically driven decision making. But putting analytics applications into operation is a challenge. Open access to these three articles from MIT Sloan Management Review about operationalizing analytics is provided courtesy of SAS.

What to Expect From Agile

What happens when a large, established bank decides to adopt agile as a management model?


Three Big Points

Three Big Points is the podcast you need to stay at the top of your game as a business leader. This short podcast presents mold-breaking ideas from leading academics, researchers, and executives who are blazing new trails in today’s continually changing, technology-fueled world. Three Big Points is hosted by MIT SMR’s editor in chief Paul Michelman.

Every Number Tells a Story

No matter how compelling it seems, data alone won’t win people over unless infused with a story.

What’s Distracting Your Team?

It’s Time to Tackle Your Team’s Undiscussables

When leadership teams struggle with undiscussables, symptoms range from unresolved conflicts and uneven participation in meetings to destructive groupthink and employee disengagement. The more undiscussables there are, the more difficult it is for the team to function. Ignoring them results in strained relationships and bad decisions. Here’s how leaders can bring the four types of undiscussables to light, improving team learning, problem-solving, and performance.

How Managers Can Help Workers Tackle Digital Distractions

Managers and staff alike have been conditioned to respond to digital messaging platforms to the exclusion of all else — and digital distraction is costing businesses big in employee productivity. Managers can teach their reports how to tune out the siren song of digital devices, but they must model these behaviors themselves if they’re to encourage employees to do the same.


Embracing Disruption



Developing an Agile Mindset

Why Large Companies Struggle With Lean

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Large corporations have found that applying the principles of lean is more complicated than expected. Large organizations aren’t just bigger versions of startups. To make innovation integral to the organization, there has to be a vision of where new ideas will be incubated and how they will be delivered.

Agile Is Not Enough

Three impediments in particular work against agile adoption in most organizations. By addressing architectural rigidity, closing talent gaps, and adopting a product mindset, leaders and organizations can realize agile’s power in delivering business value.


The Best of This Week

This week’s must-reads for managing in the digital age: Scaling digital projects with agile, one of Big Tech’s biggest insider defects, Amazon is everywhere, and finding creative inspiration in times of solitude.