Exploring the Digital Future of Management

Learning to Love the AI Bubble

Unlike the housing bubble, the effects of a bursting AI bubble wouldn’t cause great harm.

“Leading Digital Change”

This collection of MIT SMR articles offers hints for leaders on what to expect and how to overcome the hurdles as they integrate digital into their business model. (Registration required.)

Articles included in this collection:

The Only Way Manufacturers Can Survive
By Vijay Govindarajan and Jeffrey R. Immelt
How Digital Leadership Is(n’t) Different
By Gerald C. Kane, Anh Nguyen Phillips, Jonathan Copulsky, and Garth Andrus
It Pays to Have a Digitally Savvy Board
By Peter Weill, Thomas Apel, Stephanie L. Woerner, and Jennifer S. Banner

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Creating a Pro-Innovation Environment


Unleashing Innovation With Collaboration Platforms

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Effective leadership of virtual teams matters more than which collaboration platform you choose.


Four Ways to Get Your Innovation Unit to Work

When it comes to competing on innovation for companies, imitation rarely works.


Nondisruptive Creation: Rethinking Innovation and Growth

It’s time to embrace the idea that companies can create without destroying.


Using AI Wisely

The Perils of Applying AI Prediction to Complex Decisions

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While AI is brilliantly placed to solve decisions that are concrete and well-defined, in other contexts it can fail spectacularly, showing connections between facts or events but stumbling when the need to disentangle cause from correlation arises. Human input in the form of subject matter knowledge and common sense are often needed to complement AI. And executives must understand which challenges are right for these new technologies to address.

Does AI-Flavored Feedback Require a Human Touch?

With customized and continuous data-driven feedback becoming a new normal, managers are revisiting the role they should play in delivering, facilitating, and curating face-to-face employee feedback. Does direct managerial involvement complement or compete with data-determined performance reviews?


Platform Pros and Cons

How Digital Platforms Have Become Double-Edged Swords

The most valuable companies in the world have harnessed platforms’ power to achieve rapid growth and market dominance. But as these platforms have grown in size and scale, the opportunity for abuse has become very real — while profitability isn’t coming easily even for successful platforms. In an interview with MIT SMR, the authors of The Business of Platforms bust the myths and outline the pitfalls of platform strategy.

Unleashing Innovation With Collaboration Platforms

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Digital collaboration platforms can leverage team diversity and expertise, but business must focus on how distributed teams orchestrate their collaboration and how leaders facilitate innovation. The specific collaboration platform you choose is less important.



Counterpoints: The Sports Analytics Podcast

Second-Grade Soccer Superstars

Elite soccer academies are using analytics to help identify future star talent in the schoolyard.


Step-by-Step Strategy

A Structured Approach to Strategic Decisions

March 4, 2019 | Daniel Kahneman, Dan Lovallo, and Olivier Sibony

Many decisions about strategy require that senior executives make evaluative judgments on the basis of extensive, complex information. Such work is prone to common errors, but a disciplined, sequential approach can mitigate those errors and improve the quality of both one-off and recurrent decisions in an array of business domains. The process described in this article is easy to learn, involves little additional work, and (within limits) leaves room for intuition.