This issue of MIT SMR offers up important solutions for achieving success in critical areas of management. Read the full lineup below.
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Special Report: Equality in the Enterprise
This special report aims to deepen understanding of the challenges posed by equity initiatives, and provide tools and insights to help leaders address them.
Fighting Backlash to Systemic Change
Understanding the real reasons why racial equity initiatives provoke opposition can help you lead employees through cultural transformation.
Why Putting on Blinders Can Help Us See More Clearly
Even if your organization doesn’t have a “blinding” policy for hiring and other people evaluations, it’s possible to reap some of the benefits.
Cultivating an Inclusive Culture Through Personal Networks
Analyzing employees’ network connections can show whether under-represented groups are being effectively integrated into the organization.
Articles Featured in the Summer Issue
How Organizational Change Disrupts Our Sense of Self
Leaders can better manage large-scale transformation by helping employees adapt to new identities rather than new tasks.
How to Bring ESG Into the Quarterly Earnings Call
Stop treating environmental, social, and governance strategies as a sidebar and integrate them into regular financial reporting.
Flatten the Demand Curve
Peaks and valleys in demand can drive out-of-control costs. New research suggests a better way to manage them.
Get More Ideas From the Crowd
These five techniques for writing problem statements can improve results from crowdsourced challenges.
The Price Leaders Pay for Cutting Ethical Corners
Asking employees to take questionable shortcuts can hurt their motivation and their performance.
The Courage to Be Candid
It takes a surprising amount of bravery for employees to point out ways the organization can learn and improve. Leaders can make it easier for people to speak up.
Accelerating Supply Chain Scenario Planning
The pandemic showcases a need to make slow-moving supply chains nimbler. Using data and collaborating with partners on scenario planning can empower companies to adapt.
Turbulent Times Demand Dynamic Rules
Circumstances can change rapidly in an uncertain world; organizational rules should be designed to change along with them.
Volunteerism as a Tool for Talent Development
The idea of fostering learning through service is surprisingly controversial. Employers should plan carefully.
The Practices That Set Learning Organizations Apart
Companies committed to building workforces equipped for the future apply seven key principles to training and development.
The Overlooked Partners That Can Build Your Talent Pipeline
Companies that tap community-based nonprofits can develop better long-term skill strategies and enlarge their local talent pools.
Rethinking Industry’s Role in a National Emergency
The shortcomings of the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile must be remedied before the next large-scale public health emergency. Here’s how.
Why Good Arguments Make Better Strategy
Creating consistently great strategies demands formal processes, constructive debate, and logical rigor.
Why Brand Culture Matters to Retail Strategy
New research finds that when consumers value a brand’s cultural richness, they prefer in-store shopping to online.