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A growing number of leaders see AI as not just a business opportunity but also as a strategic risk. How do you ensure that your competitors don’t figure out how to successfully use it before you do? This year’s Artificial Intelligence Global Executive Study and Research Report from MIT SMR and BCG shows early AI winners are focused on organization-wide alignment, investment, and integration.
The good news is that there are more women in top-level positions at U.S. businesses than at any other point in history. But a study has found that many women face the biggest obstacle to reaching the top of the corporate ladder early in their careers, with fewer women than men getting the opportunity to take their first step into management.
With access to vast amounts of data and the ability to share it with the world, company stakeholders have unprecedented power to spread the word when your business slips up. Given that damaging information about your business and its reputation can travel more quickly and widely than ever before, you’d better carefully assess potentially risky decisions and practices.
As public discourse is increasingly overshadowed by an us-versus-them mentality in conversations about ideology, class, ethnicity, religion, and nationality, many businesses are experiencing a pattern of increasing fragmentation, polarization, and demonization. Adam Kahane says there’s a way forward, if you’re willing to see beyond the challenges.
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As “digital” becomes the competitive priority in every industry, CIOs must lead their companies’ digital transformation — something that requires much more than technology leadership. While you continue to ensure that the technical side of operations run smoothly, you must also adopt new practices and missions to evolve into a transformative digital leader.
As new, AI-powered text generators emerge that can create real-sounding but fictitious news articles, many of the researchers who developed them are worried that these tools could be used to spread misinformation or promote political agendas as they become more advanced.
Yale economist Fiona M. Scott Morton discusses how antitrust principles that were created in a pre-digital era can be applied to the new technological landscape, how market disruptors drive innovation, and how effective antitrust regulation and enforcement can protect consumers from the potential risks posed by increasing markups.
Quote of the Week
“We often talk about the ‘glass ceiling’ that prevents women from reaching senior leadership positions. In reality, the biggest obstacle that women face is much earlier in the pipeline, at the first step up to manager. Fixing this ‘broken rung’ is the key to achieving parity.”
— Jess Huang, Alexis Krivkovich, Irina Starikova, Lareina Yee, and Delia Zanoschi, “Women in the Workplace 2019”