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MIT SMR Contributors Prominent on 2017 ‘Thinkers50’ List

MIT Sloan Management Review congratulates contributors appearing on the Thinkers50 2017 list.

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Is Your Company Ready for a Digital Future?

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There are four different paths companies can take to become top performers in the digital economy.

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How to Test Your Assumptions

Testing your assumptions in a logical order gives you the chance to make course corrections early.

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Special Report: Redesigning Work

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What to Expect From Agile

What happens when a large, established bank decides to adopt agile as a management model?

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The Trouble With Homogeneous Teams

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

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A New Approach to Designing Work

It’s possible to organize work in ways that achieve both agility and efficiency – if you know how.

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The Truth About Hierarchy

Research finds that the right kind of hierarchy can help teams be better innovators and learners.

Tech Leadership

CIOs and the Future of IT

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Chief information officers need to oversee all of IT — in close collaboration with marketers and the business units. Only then can companies deliver digital experiences that win, serve, and retain increasingly demanding customers.

Leading Analytics Teams in Changing Times

Analytics teams are often underfunded, misunderstood, and starved for talent. Extracting business value from data depends on nurturing the development and effectiveness of these teams — not just in terms of finding talent, but also in terms of getting leaders up to speed on how to use the insights analytics teams produce.

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Your Company’s Expanding Mission

Leading in a Time of Increased Expectations

November 22, 2017 | Lynn J. Good, interviewed by Paul Michelman

Traditionally, big energy companies focused primarily on power generation, not customer-centricity. But that’s changing — and today’s digitally empowered customers have opinions about everything from where their energy should come from to when their bills should arrive. Lynn Good, CEO of Duke Energy Corp., reflects on guiding her company through this transformation.

Work Life Meets Technology

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Leading Your Project Team

Neutralize Internal Politics in Digital Initiatives

Some of the thorniest obstacles to achieving digital maturity aren’t technological — they’re political. Most internal political conflicts, however, can be mitigated by a careful, systematic approach to defining, structuring, and deploying large-scale initiatives.

Give Technical Experts a Role in Defining Project Success

Poor communication between managers and technical experts is an obstacle to technology innovation that literally has been present for centuries. To overcome these issues, leaders need to absorb three key lessons about how to manage the inherent tensions between defining technical requirements and achieving valuable business outcomes.

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The Leading Edge

The Five Steps All Leaders Must Take in the Age of Uncertainty

Leaders must move beyond managing their own firms to become active influencers within broader systems.

What CEOs Get Wrong About Vision and How to Get It Right

A vision commonly held throughout the organization must begin with the leader’s image of a credible, optimal future state.

How to Become a Game-Changing Leader

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

Don’t Get Caught in the Middle

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Our digital world is rendering traditional intermediaries obsolete. Make sure you are not one of them.