The Best of This Week

The week’s must-reads for managing in the digital age, curated by the MIT SMR editors.

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The Best of This Week is a roundup of essential articles for managers in the digital age, including content from MIT Sloan Management Review and other publications around the globe, curated by MIT SMR editors.
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Effective Leadership in Government Demands Fostering Trust

While some aspects of leadership transcend the public and private sectors, others are unique to government — in particular, the preservation of public trust. In the U.S., where trust between the public and government is at an all-time low, it is crucial for government agency leaders to help unify and build trust by fostering a culture of integrity and ethics.

The Long-Term Effects of a ‘Shecession’

The term “shecession” — an economic downturn where job and income losses are affecting women more than men — was coined by C. Nicole Mason, president and chief executive of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. In an interview with The Guardian, Mason discusses the changes necessary for an equitable economic recovery.
 

Approaching Tech Regulation in a New Era

The Biden administration is inheriting a crisis in the regulation of technology, and its response to Silicon Valley’s disruptive tendencies could, in the long term, determine the ultimate course of several key industries. In a column for MIT SMR, Larry Downes, author of Unleashing the Killer App, offers five basic principles for regulating without overreaching.

How Social Platforms’ Business Models Accelerate Disinformation

The Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol illustrated the power of a networked conspiracy amplified through social media — and demonstrated social media companies’ inability to control the weaponization of their products. How did social media become a disinformation machine, and how do companies’ business models explain how that happened?

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Quote of the Week:

“I think we can learn from the pandemic. We’ve just had kind of a natural experiment in how tech can be used in a crisis. And a lot of things we learned, both good and bad, about that should influence how we want to regulate tech in the next decade.”

— Larry Downes, a bestselling author, on developing business strategies in an age of accelerating technological disruption, in this week’s Three Big Points episode “Should the U.S. Government Slow Its Roll in Technology Regulation?

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Weekly Recap

The Best of This Week is a roundup of essential articles for managers in the digital age, including content from MIT Sloan Management Review and other publications around the globe, curated by MIT SMR editors.
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