Featured Global Business Articles


Finding Good News for Human Rights After Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi’s murder demands moral courage and a principled response from business leaders.


We Must Keep Globalization in Its Place: The Marketplace

Globalization’s power to improve the world is undermined by its incursions into the public arena.


Consider Culture When Implementing Agile Practices

Create harmony between agile and your team’s culture.


Immigration and Offshoring

Will Restricted U.S. Immigration Drive Business Operations Abroad?

Each month, the MIT SMR Strategy Forum poses a single question to our panel of experts in the fields of business, economics, and management. This month’s question asks our panel whether restrictions on skilled immigration in the United States will cause business to shift operations overseas.

Managing Global Supply Chains


Why Supply Chains Must Pivot

Frontiers |

In an uncertain world, supply chains must adopt flexibility and automation to gain sustainable advantage.


Automating Supply Chain Resilience Should Be High on Your Digital Agenda

Advanced risk identification tools require companies to take a new approach to supply chain resilience.


Sustainable Procurement Requires Perseverance

Meeting your sustainability commitments requires long-term thinking and strategy.



Learning from the Global Economy


Global Connectivity

The Unique Challenges of Cross-Boundary Collaboration

December 22, 2017 | Amy Edmondson, interviewed by Frieda Klotz

Technology has made business more globally connected than ever before. This is especially true for innovation projects, where diverse experts bring their specialized knowledge to play. But there’s a hitch: Many of today’s team projects have built-in hurdles because of differing communication styles, cultures, and professional norms. Leading this kind of “extreme teaming,” which often involves complicated hierarchies of power, demands both curiosity and humility.

Innovation in Asia

The Changing Face of Innovation in China

The art of bian lian — or “face changing” — is integral to Sichuan opera: A main character changes masks to avoid capture by foes. The transformation is quick and surprising, the new face clearly different. In the theater of business, Chinese performers are undergoing a rapid transformation of their own as they seek to evolve from backroom producers to the world’s leading face of innovation.

The Next Wave of Business Models in Asia

The first wave of innovation from emerging markets in Asia has been predicated on the replication of existing business models at lower cost. The second wave, which could be even more disruptive than the first, fundamentally reimagines various facets of the business model to find new, often digitally enabled, ways in which resources and processes can be leveraged. Such companies identify creative ways for partners, stakeholders, and customers to be involved in value creation and capture.