The 2018 MIT SMR Digital Leadership Report

Coming of Age Digitally

June 5, 2018 | Gerald C. Kane, Doug Palmer, Anh Nguyen Phillips, David Kiron, and Natasha Buckley

In the 2018 Digital Business Report, MIT SMR and Deloitte find that digitally maturing organizations encourage distributed leadership and a healthy appetite for experimentation.


Exploring the Digital Future of Management


China’s New Innovation Threat


The Changing Face of Innovation in China

Foreign companies must retool their R&D strategies to keep pace with newly innovative Chinese enterprises.


Why High-Tech Commoditization Is Accelerating

Knowledge embedded in today’s production and design tools is a powerful force that is leveling the global technology playing field.

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Lessons From China’s Digital Battleground

This online exclusive article discusses why the dramatic rise of China’s digital leaders has put the squeeze on Western internet giants.


What Makes a Leader Tick?

The Mindsets of a Leader

Researchers have identified six distinct mindsets that contribute to leaders’ portfolio of leadership styles by asking one simple question: Whom do the leaders serve? Identifying these mindsets can help companies recognize how the leader’s styles are helping — or hurting — their performance.

Putting an End to Leaders’ Self-Serving Behavior

Business leaders are often selfish. They honestly think they are entitled to more resources than anyone else, and that they have earned the right to take more. Their self-serving behavior is usually enabled by their organizations. But three strategies can help: Organizations can choose leaders who tilt away from self-serving frameworks; create systems that reinforce fairer evaluations; and recognize the added complexities that arise on the global stage.


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“Big Data Is Driving New Opportunity”

Digital transformation comes in many forms. New technologies are not only changing the services and products companies can provide, but also how companies provide them, and how they do business with one another. The three articles in this collection provide guidance on how companies can explore opportunities for growth, whether it be through new processes, products, or applications. (Registration required.)

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Are Your HR Policies Up To Date?

Bringing Lessons From #MeToo to the Boardroom

June 7, 2018 | Patricia H. Lenkov and Denise Kuprionis

In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp social movements — not to mention the continuing wave of resignations amid misconduct allegations — sexual harassment policies must be on your board’s agenda. This is true regardless of whether the organization is public, private, or nonprofit. For the sake of all its stakeholders, employees, and customers, directors need to do the right thing — and do it now.

Tech and Governance

Why Tech Companies Don’t See Their Biggest Problems Coming

Technology companies, such as Facebook, often fail to make crisis management a central feature of their operations, thanks to five blind spots to which they are especially susceptible. Recognizing these shortcomings is the first imperative; the next is developing a well-designed crisis-management program that includes several key features. All tech companies should take heed, because failing to reflect — and then act — can worsen the consequences of crises that come down the pike.


Ethical Data Management

Why APIs Should Be Regulated

Data audits may be helpful in maintaining balance between data-rich and data-poor companies.