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How Vigilant Companies Gain an Edge in Turbulent Times

A systematic approach to identifying potential threats can help companies respond to disruption.

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Digital Transformation Should Start With Customers

Major makeovers should benefit — and be noticed by — those who buy a company’s products and services.

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How Companies Can Prepare for Sudden CEO Turnover

A CEO’s sudden departure creates uncertainty — unless the board already knows whom it wants to hire.

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Nondisruptive Creation: Rethinking Innovation and Growth

Many people have come to view disruption as a synonym for innovation. This single-minded focus leads companies to overlook an alternative path to growth: the nondisruptive creation of brand-new markets where none existed before. It’s time to embrace the idea that companies can create without destroying — and expand the conversation about the problems they can solve and the opportunities they can seize.

Do You Have Solid Digital Leadership?

Seven Key Steps for the Evolving CIO

As “digital” becomes the competitive priority in every industry, CIOs must lead their companies’ digital transformation — which requires much more than technology leadership. The technical side of operations — communications networks, software applications, and data management and security — must still run smoothly, CIOs must also adopt new practices and missions if they’re to evolve into transformative digital leaders.

It Pays to Have a Digitally Savvy Board

Companies whose boards of directors have digital savvy outperform companies whose boards lack it: Among companies with over $1 billion of revenues, 24% had digitally savvy boards, and those businesses significantly outperformed others on key metrics such as revenue growth, ROA, and market cap growth. Companies can improve their boards by knowing what characteristics to look for in existing and new board members, managing board agendas differently, and cultivating new learning opportunities.

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Developing Your AI Strategy

Winning With AI

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

Strategy For and With AI

AI can help you choose, measure, and prioritize the KPIs informing your strategy.

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Three Big Points

Every Number Tells a Story

November 12, 2019 | Paul Michelman

You stand in front of a roomful of decision makers and present an iron-clad case for a compelling, data-backed proposal. The group’s reaction? Tepid, at best. So, what happened? Nancy Duarte would likely tell you that you were missing the story behind the data. In this episode of Three Big Points, Duarte shows us how to bring data to life in a way that will win people over to your idea.

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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.

Looking Ahead

Managing Technology for the Post-Digital Era

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The combined power of social, mobile, analytics, and cloud technologies has now become part of the technology foundation for organizations. In the looming “post-digital” era, adopting these technologies isn’t going to offer a competitive advantage — it will be a necessity for doing business.

The World in 2030: Nine Megatrends to Watch

Nine fast-moving megatrends are shaping where our world will be in 11 years. From demographics to urbanization to the big one — climate change — and more, the directions we’re heading and choices we make in the next decade will have enormous impacts on our careers, businesses, and lives.

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Corporate Strategy at Scale

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Why Company Culture Matters for Strategic Results

Good culture is critical for striking the balance between strategic alignment and organizational agility.

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A New Era for Culture, Change, and Leadership

A new leadership model advocates organizations built on close relationships, openness, and trust.

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How Business Ecosystems Rise (and Often Fall)

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Why do some business ecosystems dominate their markets over time while others fail?

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A New Playbook for Diversified Companies

Strong multi-business companies are defying expectations in three ways.

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.