Frontiers

Exploring the Digital Future of Management

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Building an Agile Company

Architect Your Company for Agility

January 10, 2018 | Jeanne Ross

In the digital economy, speed matters. To keep pace with customer demands and competitor moves, companies must be able to quickly experiment with a potential offering and, depending on customer response, continuously enrich and scale that offering, or discard it and move on to the next experiment. Innovating at speed means utilizing empowered teams that are aligned to achieve company-wide objectives.

Partnerships and Alliances

The Unique Challenges of Cross-Boundary Collaboration

Leading teams with complicated hierarchies of power demands both curiosity and humility.

Developing Successful Strategic Partnerships With Universities

Companies often struggle to establish and run university partnerships effectively.

Business Needs a Safety Net

Business leaders must partner with policy-makers to improve disaster preparedness and resilience.

Competing Through Joint Innovation

The Chinese telecom company Huawei has used strategic partnerships to gain ground in Europe.

Career Development

Rationalizing Yourself Out of a Promotion

Some women who feel like they won’t “fit” a stereotypical job description will talk themselves out of wanting it. This process of negatively evaluating promotional opportunities is due to a process called “job crafting.” As a result, managers who wish to employ female executives at the highest levels of their organizations should be especially careful of the signals they might be communicating to potential applicants.

Helping Employees Improve Performance

“Getting performance management right is an old challenge,” according to Nik Kinley and Shlomo Ben-Hur, authors of the article “The Missing Piece in Employee Development.” The key element isn’t measuring performance but the interactions and conversations that individuals have with their managers.

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Special Collection | “Redesigning Work”

Get a collection of four articles from MIT SMR on how to create more flexible, innovative, and productive work processes and teams. (Registration required.)

Redesigning Work

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Leading Effective Teams

The Trouble With Homogeneous Teams

Research finds that teams lacking diversity may be more susceptible to making flawed decisions.

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The Real Value of Skill

The Long Journey to Understanding Intangible Assets

January 5, 2018 | Lynda Gratton

The “intangible assets” people bring to their jobs are valuable — but challenging to quantify. Understanding the complexities of assets such as a person’s capacity to continue to learn new skills and ability to manage the stress of work and home life can help organizations get a better handle on alternate ways of sustaining employees. Understanding the notion of intangible assets can also help individuals think more concretely about how they allocate their time and energy.

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“The Fine Line Between Service and Privacy”

Digital technology creates unprecedented opportunities to connect with and serve your customers — but the dark side is the equally unprecedented risk posed by cyber thieves. This collection of articles from MIT SMR highlights what companies can do to take advantage of the opportunity while limiting risk for both the organization and its customers. (Registration required.)

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