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The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World

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Trust and the On-Demand Economy

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However, markets are not perfectly fluid. Firms thus came into being to make it easier to get work done. He illustrates his point with Airbnb.

Disruptive Innovation Revisited

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The New Yorker described the article as “Rethinking the innovation craze.” D]isruption is occurring with increasing frequency in the business world.

The Rise and Potential Fall of the Talent Economy

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As Martin notes in a related HBR blog , there are actually two different economies, the real economy and the capital markets. “The since 2013.

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Entrepreneurship and Job Creation

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Then a few days after posting my blog , I got an e-mail from John Dearie , Senior VP at the Financial Services Forum. million people. and 9.1%

The Public Face of Science

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The Public Face of Science project will explore the interactions of the general public with science, technology, medicine and related areas.

Reflections on Big Data, Data Science and Related Subjects

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In Deconstructing Big Data , a blog recently published in the WSJ’s CIO Journal , professor, consultant and author Tom Davenport wrote: . “I

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Realizing the Potential of the Digital Economy

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A few weeks ago I attended the 12th annual Brookings Blum Roundtable on Global Poverty. and, what are the major risks posed by the digital economy? .

Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation

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I will not further discuss them in this blog. Through the years, I have been intrigued by the number of once powerful companies that are no longer around. Darwinian principles seem to apply in business as much as in biology. It is not hard to understand how I come to this somewhat fatalistic view of business. Pull , don’t just Push.

Reflections on Ten Years of Blogging

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Friedman’s words came to mind as I was reflecting on the evolution of blogging since I posted my first blog in May of 2005.

Is the Link Now Broken Between Innovation, Jobs and a Higher Standard of Living?

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Last week I wrote about innovation in the digital economy and some of the puzzling questions we are now wrestling with. in Africa and India and 5.5

Bigger is Not Necessarily Better in Our Information-Rich Digital Economy

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I recently read an intriguing column, - The End of Mass Production , - by technology author and columnist Kevin Maney. I truly hope he’s right.

Patent Activity and the State of US Innovation

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I learned about the Brokings study in a very good blog on the subject by professor and author Richard Florida. The report adds: “. history.”.

Leadership and Rational Thinking

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As part of its Centennial celebrations , IBM held a conference in New York in September - THINK: A Forum on the Future of Leadership. After the Forum, I spent some time reflecting on what I had heard in the various talks and panels. Lots of different opinions and points of views were expressed. What do we mean by rational thinking ? players. Why?

Social Business in the Age of the Customer

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Starting about a decade ago with the rise of Web 2.0 , we have seen the explosive growth of social media technologies, - e.g., blogs, wikis and podcasts, - as well as platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube with hundreds of millions of users. What is the primary responsibility of a business? Customer value is different.

Is a Backlash Brewing Against Silicon Valley’s Perceived Insularity?

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Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy

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One wonders whether the Internet, blogging, Twitter, texting and micro-blogging, as in China’s case, has made participatory democracy and autocracy so participatory, and leaders so finely attuned to every nuance of public opinion, that they find it hard to make any big decision that requires sacrifice. That’s a good thing - in theory.

En Route to the Cashless Society

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Just before posting this blog, it was announced that Square’s mobile payment offerings will be available at Starbucks’ 7,000 US stores. Over the last few months there have been a spate of articles on the evolution to a cashless society as the use of mobile devices continues to grow around the world. are some of the titles.

A New Style of Work

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About a year ago I wrote a blog on the post retirement phase of my life. Finally, there is blogging. I recently wrote about my complex relationship with blogging and the central role it now plays in my life. Blogging helps me structure my fairly eclectic life. My time is now my own. Next is access to people.

The Passing of an Era

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But, the 30th anniversary of this important event in the history of computing was duly noted by IBM Fellow Mark Dean , - a member of the small team that designed the original machine, - in a nostalgic and thoughtful blog. The IBM Personal Computer was announced on August 12, 1981. I, personally, have moved beyond the PC as well.

Technology and the Future of Media

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Most everyone will agree that advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are radically transforming the business landscape. Brands.

The Evolution of Online Learning

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Social Business: e-business 2.0. and Beyond

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With more than 500 million people on Facebook, and 200 million blogs being updated daily, the power of numbers and of experience has taken over the world. IBM executive Sandy Carter has just published a new book - Get Bold: Using Social Media to Create a New Type of Social Business. Let me explain. So, as Web 2.0 implications.

The Evolution of My Complex Relationship with Blogging

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From time to time, I like to reflect on my feelings about blogging, and then write about them in an entry in my blog. I have not done so in a while, and it has now been just about six years since I started this blog, so I thought that it would be a good time to return to the subject. I posted my first blog on May 16, 2005.

Some Thoughts on the Affordable Care Act

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My friend and former IBM colleague John Patrick posted a very good entry in his blog on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) , aka Obamacare.

Blogging and Personal Feelings

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In November of 2008, Andrew Sullivan published an excellent article in The Atlantic , - Why I Blog , - in which he discussed the unique characteristics of a blog by reminding us what a web log shares in common with its namesake, the ship log. “In Anyone who has blogged his thoughts for an extended time will recognize this world.

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The New Entrepreneurship: Back to the Roots of the American Dream

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I agree with all of them and have written about them extensively in my blog. The latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the US unemployment rate continues to hover around 9%. Gallup’s measurements are somewhat higher at 9.2%. The current period of high unemployment is the longest since the Great Depression. Not at all.

The Science of Information-based Predictions

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For months, just like a good portion of the country, I followed closely our 2012 presidential campaign. electoral votes, compared to 246.7 6.” .

Fifty Years of Memories

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In February I posted an entry in my blog about my U-High experiences. . I became quite friendly with another classmate living in the Chicago area when we found out that we shared a number of interests including blogging, even though we had not been close while in high school. Almost all its graduates go on to college.

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The Continuing Evolution of Cloud Computing

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I’ve been closely following cloud computing for a number of years, having posted my first cloud blog in March of 2008.

Open Services Innovation

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I have also written a number of entries on services in this blog. Earlier this year, UC Berkeley professor Henry Chesbrough published a new book, Open Services Innovation: Rethinking Your Business to Grow and Compete in a New Era. I met him over a decade ago when I first got involved with Linux and open, collaborative innovation. They ?rst

The Impact on Government of the Structural Changes in 21st Century Economies

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In my next blog, I will discuss some of the key actions governments have to take to help them adjust to these structural changes in the economy. Over the past two decades, companies, especially large, global companies, have been going through major transformations to help them adapt to these structural changes. Employment growth in the U.S.

The Employment Challenge in the US Economy

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I will discuss his recommendations for fixing the US jobs problem in next week’s blog. A couple of years ago, McKinsey , the global management consulting firm, launched a new website called What Matters. It asks a big question and invites a wide array of people to write essays giving their points of view on the topic.

Reflections on the Future of TV

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I’ve long been interested in the impact of digital technologies on the media industry. Does this spell the end of television as we know it?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The Life Cycle of a Business

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As a bonus, your blog helped inspire me to launch mine.I Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. What is a business - anyway? In quantum mechanics we learn that questions like "what is an electron?" UK, and Germany.

“One Nation” in an Increasingly Polarized America

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I will discuss this potential evolution of our idea of one nation in next week’s blog. Among America’s most cherished ideas is the notion that, despite all our differences, we are one nation. E Pluribus Unum - out of many, one , - appears in all our coins and in the Great Seal of the United States. Perhaps there is nothing so new here.

Principles and Compromises

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Last week I posted a blog focused on the tax deal between President Obama and Senate Republicans as a good example of political compromise, - bringing people together with widely different opinions in order to get something concrete done. Are there limits to compromise? Are there occasions when principles should trump compromise? Absolutely.

Growing Up in a Complex World

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I wrote about the CEO study in this recent blog. Several weeks ago IBM released its 2010 Global CEO Study. This is IBM’s fourth and largest CEO study since 2004, based on more than 1,500 face-to-face interviews with CEOs and senior public leaders from more than 60 countries. More than two thirds were between 20 and 25 years old.

The Gulf Between Planning and Reality

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It’s way too early to know what really happened with the botched launch of Healthcare.Gov. In response, his superior told him: . “.

Are Markets Efficient, Irrational, or Both?

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In a recent blog, Is Economics a Science? Professor Schiller , one of the fathers of behavioral economics , holds very different views.