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Winning With AI

Early AI winners align organizational and business strategies to build value and manage risk.

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Smart Strategies Require Smarter KPIs

Digital transformation empowers smarter KPIs.

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The Downstream Damage of the Leadership Skills Gap

Skill development is as important for managers as for their reports, if not more so.

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The Best of This Week

The Best of This Week

October 11, 2019 | The MIT SMR Editors

This week’s must-reads for managing in a digital age: What the U.S. is getting wrong about the race for powerful AI, why putting culture front and center when managing is important, Facebook faces cryptocurrency hurdles, and why sports analytics fail in the playoffs.

Business Investments That Pay

Making Corporate Venture Capital Work

The worlds of venture capitalism and corporate investing are not always easy to combine. Research has identified three simple rules, focused on adapting traditional VC rules, creating effective incentives, and building communication, that may increase corporate venture capital success.

Beat the Odds in M&A Turnarounds

While M&A deals and turnarounds are individually hard to pull off, combining the two can be even more challenging. Yet an analysis of roughly 1,400 M&A-based turnarounds between 2005 and 2018 shows that six management actions can help acquiring companies improve their odds of success. The rewards can be considerable. Successful buyers generate gains in both revenue growth and profit margins, and — most important — better returns.

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Marketing Strategy

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Questions of strategy are universal, and managers tackle a range of topics that are central to how their organizations can compete in today’s fast-moving business landscape. The MIT SMR Strategy Forum offers a monthly glimpse into the minds of academic experts on pressing strategy issues related to business, management, technology, and public policy. View the Strategy Forum archive for more responses.

Follow the conversation on Twitter with #ExpertsOnStrategy and submit your own questions to the panel.

Digital Directions

Creating Digital Offerings Customers Will Buy

How can companies decide which new digital offerings to pursue? Successful digital offerings are created at the intersection of what technologies can deliver and what customers want and will pay for. That point of intersection, however, has proved to be elusive. To find it, companies must experiment repeatedly, cocreate with customers, and assemble cross-functional development teams — and the insights gleaned along the way must be shared internally.

Strategy For and With AI

Executives intent on exploiting AI to enhance processes or products tend to focus on having a strategy for AI. But creating strategy with AI can matter as much or even more. In a machine-learning era, enterprise strategy is defined by the KPIs that leaders choose to optimize —the measures organizations use to create value, accountability, and competitive advantage. AI can help determine what KPIs are measured, how they are measured, and how best to prioritize them.

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The Big Picture

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Self-Driving Companies Are Coming

Automation can go far beyond cars. Self-driving company capabilities are closer than we realize.

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The World in 2030: Nine Megatrends to Watch

Nine fast-moving megatrends are shaping where our world will be in 11 years.

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Managing Technology for the Post-Digital Era

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The post-digital tech wave — a powerful, integrated stack of technologies — is coming next.

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How Cities Should Prepare for Artificial Intelligence

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How cities deal with AI-related changes will determine which ones will thrive in the future.

The Strategic Agility Project

The Strategic Agility series from MIT Sloan Management Review draws on evidence and data analytics to answer a fundamental question: How can organizations achieve their strategic objectives? The series features the research of MIT Sloan School of Management’s Donald Sull and his team of researchers and data scientists. It draws on, among other sources, over 4 million Glassdoor employee reviews that provide insight on organizational culture and management practices of a large sample of important organizations.

See how major companies in the world economy rank across the nine dimensions of corporate culture, based on more than 1 million Glassdoor reviews, with the Culture 500 tool.

Follow the conversation on Twitter with #StrategicAgility or sign up for email updates on this series.