MIT Sloan Management Review

  • When Innovation Moves at Digital Speed

    When Innovation Moves at Digital Speed

    Strategies and Tactics to Provoke, Sustain, and Defend Innovation in Today's Unsettled Markets

    MIT Sloan Management Review

    Practical advice from experts on how to create, manage, measure, and improve innovation in and for today's digital markets

    All organizations grapple with what digitalization means for their business and, in particular, how digital forces will drive their approaches to innovation. But very few organizations have clearly defined the scale, speed, and scope of their engagement with the digital world. These essays, from the pages of the preeminent journal MIT Sloan Management Review, offer practical advice from experts on how to create, facilitate, and manage innovation in and for today's digital markets.

    The essays emphasize the power of intersections, where different mindsets and skills collide. These connections can be external—LEGO, for example, has engaged more than 100,000 adult fans in user communities—or internal, as when “brokers,” “connectors,” and “energizers” act within organizations. Contributors stress the value of action over analysis, citing examples that affirm the power of trial-and-error experimentation. They demonstrate that innovation success requires thinking beyond technology. Innovation is not created by white-coated scientists in a lab; it is not the job of the few but of the many. And finally, the contributors warn that the greatest enemy lies within; innovators often encounter fierce internal resistance. They consider innovations in the innovation process itself, describing the promise and pitfalls of “design thinking” and offering advice on how to manage the tension between new and existing business models.

    Innovation is not a magical act practiced by a select few with rare gifts. Innovation is a discipline that can be measured, managed, and improved. When Innovation Moves at Digital Speed provides practical guidance for innovation success.

    Contributors Daniel Amaral, Jamie Anderson, Scott D. Anthony, Yun Mi Antorini, Michael Arena, Tormod Askildsen, Michael Ballé, Thomas Bartman, Jennie Björk, Marcel Bogers, Anna Brattström, Clayton M. Christensen, Edivandro Carlos Conforto, Rob Cross, Charles Dhanaraj, Thomas Fink, Nicolai J. Foss, Johan Frishammar, Johann Harnoss, Srivardhini K. Jha, Lâle Kesebi, Rishikesha T. Krishnan, Martin Kupp, Sean Looram, Mats Magnusson, Ann Majchrzak, Arvind Malhotra, James Morgan, Albert M. Muñiz, Jr., Ramiro Palma, Ishwardutt Parulkar, Eric Rebentisch, Jörg Reckhenrich, Martin Reeves, Anders Richtnér, Dave Rochlin, Duncan Simester, Jonathan Sims, Joseph V. Sinfield, Durward K. Sobek II, Freddy Solis, Kristian J. Sund, Mary Uhl-Bien, Derek van Bever, J. Andrei Villarroel, Amy Webb

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  • How to Go Digital

    How to Go Digital

    Practical Wisdom to Help Drive Your Organization's Digital Transformation

    MIT Sloan Management Review

    Advice on how companies can succeed in the new digital business environment.

    The most important skills a leader needs to succeed in a digital environment are not technical in nature but managerial—strategic vision, forward-looking perspective, change-oriented mindset. A company's digital transformation does not involve abandoning widget-making for app developing or pursuing “disruption” at the cost of stability. Rather, it is about adopting business processes and practices that position organizations to compete effectively in the digital environment. More important than technology implementation are strategy, talent management, organizational structure, and leadership aligned for the digital world. How to Go Digital offers advice from management experts on how to steer your company into the digital future.

    The book will put you on the right strategic path, with articles from MIT Sloan Management Review on developing a digital strategy, reframing growth for a digital world, monetizing data, and generating sustainable value from social media. Talent acquisition and retention are addressed, with articles on HR analytics, data translators, and enabling employees to become brand ambassadors outside of the office. Operational makeovers are discussed in terms of sales, services, new technologies, and innovation.

    Contributors Allan Alter, Stephen J. Andriole, Bart Baesens, Gloria Barczak, Cynthia M. Beath, Alpheus Bingham, Didier Bonnet, Chris Brady, Joseph Byrum, Marina Candi, Manuel Cebrian, Marie-Cécile Cervellon, Simon Chadwick, Sophie De Winne, Mike Forde, Gerald C. Kane, Rahul Kapoor, David Kiron, Thomas Klueter, Mary C. Lacity, Rikard Lindgren, Pamela Lirio, Tucker J. Marion, Lars Mathiassen, Pete Maulik, Paul Michelman, Narendra Mulani, Pierre Nanterme, Doug Palmer, Alex “Sandy” Pentland, Anh Nguyen Phillips, Frank T. Piller, Iyad Rahwan, Deborah L. Roberts, Jeanne W. Ross, Ina M. Sebastian, Luc Sels, James E. Short, Fredrik Svahn, Steve Todd, Leslie P. Willcocks, H. James Wilson, Barbara H. Wixom

  • What the Digital Future Holds

    What the Digital Future Holds

    20 Groundbreaking Essays on How Technology Is Reshaping the Practice of Management

    MIT Sloan Management Review

    The relationship between management and digital technology: experts present a new agenda for the practice of management.

    Digital technology has profoundly affected the ways that businesses design and produce goods, manage internal communication, and connect with customers. But the next phase of the digital revolution raises a new set of questions about the relationship between technology and the practice of management. Managers in the digital era must consider how big data can inform hiring decisions, whether new communication technologies are empowering workers or unleashing organizational chaos, what role algorithms will play in corporate strategy, and even how to give performance feedback to a robot. This collection of short, pithy essays from MIT Sloan Management Review, written by both practitioners and academic experts, explores technology's foundational impact on management.

    Much of the conversation around these topics centers on the evolving relationship between humans and cognitive technologies, and the essays reflect this—considering, for example, not only how to manage a bot but how cognitive systems will enhance business decision making, how AI delivers value, and the ethics of algorithms.

    Contributors Ajay Agrawal, Robert D. Austin, David H. Autor, Andrew Burgert, Paul R. Daugherty, Thomas H. Davenport, R. Edward Freeman, Joshua S. Gans, Avi Goldfarb, Lynda Gratton, Reid Hoffman, Bala Iyer, Gerald C. Kane, Frieda Klotz, Rita Gunther McGrath, Paul Michelman, Andrew W. Moore, Nicola Morini-Bianzino, Tim O'Reilly, Bidhan L. Parmar, Ginni Rometty, Bernd Schmitt, Alex Tapscott, Don Tapscott, Monideepa Tarafdar, Catherine J. Turco, George Westerman, H. James Wilson, Andrew S. Winston