Fall 2017 Issue
Volume 59, Issue # 1

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Special Report: Getting Innovation Right

Will, Skill, and Velocity: Survival Skills for a Digital World

What does it take to keep pace in today’s environment, one in which we are expected to pivot repeatedly toward new ways of working? I think of the challenge along three dimensions, each of which can be captured as a personal trait: will, skill, and velocity.

Features

The Trouble With Corporate Compliance Programs

Companies need a better understanding of how employees reach unethical decisions.

How to Become a Game-Changing Leader

To successfully lead big change initiatives, executives must master a wide range of leadership skills.

Five Rules for Managing Large, Complex Projects

Research reveals five lessons that can help executives manage big, complex projects more effectively.

Leading to Become Obsolete

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Haier CEO Zhang Ruimin is transforming a manufacturing giant into a platform for entrepreneurship.

The 2017 Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize

The editors of MIT Sloan Management Review are pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize, awarded annually to the most outstanding MIT SMR article on planned change and organizational development, is Emilio J. Castilla’s article “Achieving Meritocracy in the Workplace.”

Columns

Helping Employees Improve Performance

The key for managers is less emphasis on how they rate employees and more on how they talk about performance improvement.

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Frontiers

Exploring the Digital Future of Management

When People Don’t Trust Algorithms

University of Chicago’s Berkeley Dietvorst explains why we can’t let go of human judgment — to our own detriment.

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From the Archives

Essential Innovation Insights

For decades, researchers have published their findings about innovation in MIT Sloan Management Review. Here are a dozen of the best innovation insights from our archives.

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Harnessing the Secret Structure of Innovation

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 12 min 

Innovation, much like marketing and human resources, can be made less reliant on artful intuition by using information in new ways. But this requires a change in perspective: We need to view innovation not as the product of luck or extraordinary vision but as the result of a deliberate search process.

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How to Become a Game-Changing Leader

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 27 min 

To successfully lead major organizational transformations, executives need to align purpose, performance, and principles within their companies. Doing so isn’t easy — and requires mastery of a wide range of leadership skills.

Five Rules for Managing Large, Complex Projects

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 13 min 

Large-scale, long-term projects are notoriously difficult to manage. But recent research on megaprojects — defined as projects costing more than $1 billion — reveals five lessons that can help executives manage any big, complex project more effectively.

Leading to Become Obsolete

  • Interview
  • Read Time: 16 min 

Zhang Ruimin, the CEO and chairman of the Qingdao, China, white goods giant Haier Group Corp., has done what most chief executives dare not even dream about. He blew up nearly the entire administrative structure of a global manufacturing enterprise, eliminating the 10,000 management jobs that once held it together, and reshaped the organization into a network of entrepreneurial ventures run by employees.

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Helping Employees Improve Performance

  • Opinion & Analysis
  • Read Time: 2 min 

“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.

The 2017 Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize

  • Blog
  • Read Time: 2 min 

The editors of MIT Sloan Management Review are pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize, awarded annually to the most outstanding MIT SMR article on planned change and organizational development, is Emilio J. Castilla’s article “Achieving Meritocracy in the Workplace.”

The Power of Product Recommendation Networks

  • Research Highlight
  • Read Time: 10 min 

Much as relationships in social networks have been analyzed to understand and influence how ideas flow among people, researchers wondered whether it might be possible to use the structure of product recommendation networks online to understand or influence how demand flows among products. The short answer is yes, and the implications for marketers are important.

When People Don’t Trust Algorithms

  • Interview
  • Read Time: 9 min 

Even when faced with evidence that an algorithm will deliver better results than human judgment, we consistently choose to follow our own minds. Why? MIT Sloan Management Review editor in chief Paul Michelman sat down with the University of Chicago’s Berkeley Dietvorst to find out.

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Why Your Company Needs More Collaboration

  • Research Highlight
  • Read Time: 8 min 

What distinguishes companies that have built advanced digital capabilities? The ability to collaborate. Research finds that a focus on collaboration — both with and without technology, both within organizations and with external partners and stakeholders — is central to how digitally advanced companies create business value and establish competitive advantage over less advanced rivals.