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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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What Tech Pioneers Can Learn From Emerging Markets

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Developing-world entrepreneurs need to build networks that compensate for weak public institutions.

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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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Measuring Culture in Leading Companies

To survive and thrive in today’s market, a healthy corporate culture is more important than ever. The MIT SMR/Glassdoor Culture 500 uses machine learning and human expertise to analyze culture using a data set of 1.2 million employee reviews on Glassdoor. This interactive tool offers previously untapped insights about the organizational culture of over 500 of the world’s leading companies and provides leaders with new tools for benchmarking culture in their own organizations.

Platform Business Success

How Digital Platforms Have Become Double-Edged Swords

The most valuable companies in the world have harnessed platforms’ power to achieve rapid growth and market dominance. But as these platforms have grown in size and scale, the opportunity for abuse has become very real — while profitability isn’t coming easily even for successful platforms. In an interview with MIT SMR, the authors of The Business of Platforms bust the myths and outline the pitfalls of platform strategy.

Beyond a ‘Winner-Takes-All’ Strategy for Platforms

Platform companies with the largest user networks offer significant value for consumers. Yet total network size isn’t the only key to competitive advantage; platform users may place equal or greater weight on having access to specific, local, or higher-quality platform users or information about the network or its participants.

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Sales & Marketing Strategy

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Competing In and With Asia

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Where China Is Leading the Mobility Revolution

China is taking the lead on developing new technology focused on mobility.

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Mastering the Make-in-India Challenge

Some multinationals have a winning India strategy that involves both local and global value chains.

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The Next Wave of Business Models in Asia

Many Asian startups are competing on business model innovation and new technology rather than cost.

Artificial Intelligence, Global Technology Development

Global Competition With AI in Business: How China Differs

AI’s largest and most enduring contributions will be in non-technology sectors, and many of them will come from China.

Corporate Strategy

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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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.

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.

Facing the Future

The World in 2030: Nine Megatrends to Watch

May 7, 2019 | Andrew S. Winston

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.