Featured Leadership Articles


Rationalizing Yourself Out of a Promotion

Some women who feel like they won’t “fit” a job description will talk themselves out of wanting it.


The Long Journey to Understanding Intangible Assets

The “intangible assets” people bring to their jobs are valuable — but challenging to quantify.


The Unique Challenges of Cross-Boundary Collaboration

Leading teams with complicated hierarchies of power demands both curiosity and humility.


Assessing the Agile Approach

What to Expect From Agile

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

A New Approach to Designing Work

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


Rethink Your Thought Process

How to Test Your Assumptions

When you’re developing a strategy for a new business, testing assumptions in your plan in a logical order gives you the best chance to make course corrections early — and not waste time and money.

End Your Business Journey, Please

In a rapidly changing world, full of mixed messages and various uncertainties, it’s reasonable for leaders and managers to look for some language — a narrative — that helps people grapple with it all. “Journey” fits this particular bill in many respects. It’s a familiar and perhaps comforting framework for describing the pursuit of some end — but using it could affect your ability to envision a wider range of possibilities.

The Trouble With Homogeneous Teams

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

Diversifying the Workplace

Could AI Be the Cure for Workplace Gender Inequality?

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Artificial intelligence is beginning to replace many of the workplace roles that men dominate.

Achieving Meritocracy in the Workplace

New research shows bias exists even in merit-based systems — but a data-centric approach can help.

Digital Leadership


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.


CIOs and the Future of IT

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For digital success, CIOs must oversee all of IT, collaborating with marketers and business units.


Leading Analytics Teams in Changing Times

Getting business value from data depends on developing effective analytics teams — leaders included.



Leading Teams

Five Principles for Organizing Collective Intelligence

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January 3, 2018 | Theodore Kinni

A featured excerpt from Big Mind: How Collective Intelligence Can Change Our World. Geoff Mulgan’s new book provides a guide to managing and optimizing collective intelligence. The five fundamental principles Mulgan outlines in this excerpt offer a nuanced answer to the question: “What is it, at the micro and macro levels, that allows collective intelligence to flower?”

The Future of Work

Planning for the Future of Work

It’s not going to be enough to identify what jobs will be still be available to humans once computers expand their repertoire. We have to reimagine work altogether.

Who’s Building the Infrastructure for Lifelong Learning?

Current trends in both human longevity and technological innovation raise the possibility of people living until 100 and working until they are 80. It’s clear that much will have to change — both in how people understand and anticipate the evolving nature of work, and how they then respond. Providing access to lifelong learning demands a complex system involving stakeholders in education, government, and the corporate world.


Thought Leadership at MIT SMR

MIT SMR Contributors Prominent on 2017 ‘Thinkers50’ List

December 15, 2017 | Deborah Gallagher

Twenty-three of the 50 top management thinkers in the world have had their work featured in MIT Sloan Management Review. The list comes from thinkers50.com’s 2017 global ranking of management thinkers. List members published in MIT SMR include Don Tapscott, Clayton Christensen, and Lynda Gratton. MIT SMR congratulates its contributors on this honor.