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Preparing for the Risky World of Extended Reality

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Six risks that business leaders can begin to strategize around now.

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Unleashing the Power of Blockchain in the Enterprise

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If companies want to compete with blockchain, they must first cooperate to develop standards.

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Making It Easier to Manage and Scale Digital Projects

Using systematic processes to prototype, test, and launch ideas can help you scale agile benefits.

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The New Leadership Playbook for the Digital Age

The 2020 Future of Leadership Global Executive Study and Research Report finds that leaders may be holding on to behaviors that might have worked once but now stymie the talents of their employees. Organizations must empower leaders to change their ways of working to succeed in a new digital economy.

Strategies for Managing Effective Teams

How to Succeed Without Being the Smartest Person in the Room

Traditionally, many management roles have involved defining individual tasks and specific processes for completing them. Today, leaders need three very different management approaches, particularly as they rely more on empowered teams. Instead of defining jobs, they need to be establishing missions. Instead of making decisions, they need to be facilitating decisions. And instead of allocating resources, they need to be eliminating obstacles.

How to Lead Effective Cross-Functional Teams

Getting buy-in on a large digital transformation project is hard enough when it’s happening within an existing team. Managing a cross-functional project that requires contributions from multiple units is an even bigger challenge — but it can be done effectively if project leaders focus on three key steps.

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Planning for New Tech

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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.

Consider the Business Ecosystem

How Business Ecosystems Rise (and Often Fall)

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It’s tempting to look at high-profile business ecosystems and assume that the model is a reliable formula for success. In fact, many ecosystems never earn a significant market share, and only about 15% dominate their markets over time. An analysis shows that most share a common life cycle, with several critical windows along the way. For management, the key is understanding these windows and adjusting the company’s strategy over time to meet the unique requirements of each.

The Myths and Realities of Business Ecosystems

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The rise of ecosystems requires a new way of thinking about business: the ecosystems perspective. If we can describe this unique perspective, and clear up the myths and confusions surrounding the use of the term, we position ourselves to design strategy effectively in ecosystems.

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Developing an AI Roadmap

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Why the ‘Just Do Something’ Strategy for AI Won’t Work

AI strategy will only get big results if companies focus on what AI can do at scale.

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Strategy For and With AI

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

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Creating the Symbiotic AI Workforce of the Future

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The most effective use of AI: Symbiotic systems enabling humans and AI to work to their strengths.

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The Regulation of AI — Should Organizations Be Worried?

The time when companies could simply ask the world to trust AI-powered products is long gone.

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.

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