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The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

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The growing demand for T-shaped skills points to the rise of the  T-shaped organization.  Brown offers a very good answer to these questions. 

Automation Technologies and the Future of Work

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Most jobs involve a number of different tasks or activities. million full time employees and an automation potential of 38%.

The Evolution of the Firm

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Giants such as AT&T were broken up and state-owned firms were privatised. High-tech companies emerged from nowhere.

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Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

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Design is no longer just for physical objects, e.g. cars, bridges, shoes, jewelry, smartphones. Let me explain.

Digital Identity - the Key to Privacy and Security in the Digital World

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Identity plays a major role in everyday life.  Think about going to an office, getting on a plane, logging to a website or making an online purchase. 

Creating More Intelligent Organizations

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organize these collaborations and enhance them with innovative IT-based. collaborating via the Internet, in order to understand how to best.

Trust and the On-Demand Economy

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However, markets are not perfectly fluid.  The decomposition of the firm has accelerated in the past few years. 

The Datafication of Business and Society

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Datafication is a fairly new concept associated with our recent data revolution.  They can tell you if you’re likely to get diabetes.”  .

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Competing Against “Digital Invaders”

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Let me briefly discuss each. Prepare for digital invaders. Today, the competition’s often invisible until it’s too late.” .

Design Thinking and the Workplace Experience

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Design has long played a major role in product innovation.  How can you apply design principles to help rethink the workplace experience?  .

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Disruptive Innovation Revisited

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The New Yorker described the article as “Rethinking the innovation craze.”  But, a company doesn’t have to disappear to have been severely disrupted. 

Why Are We Stuck in a World of Slow Economic Growth? Nobody Seems to Know

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Over the past few centuries, the natural sciences , - e.g. physics, chemistry, biology, - have developed a variety of principles and models. 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Most everyone agrees that there was a major qualitative distinction between the First and Second Industrial Revolutions.  Impact on Business.

Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle

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Blockchain Revolution , his 16th book, now explains “How The Blockchain Will Transform Everything From Banking To Government To Our Identities.”.

The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

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Embrace open, collaborative innovation across the whole organization, supply chain partners, research communities and customers.

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The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

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Over time, many companies ended up with large numbers of relatively small, under-utilized servers distributed across the organization

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The Analog Foundations of the Digital Revolution

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Among the poorest 20 percent of households, nearly 7 out of 10 have a mobile phone…”   But, while t his is great progress, much remains to be done.

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Leadership in a Changing World

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Organizations need a modicum of stability to function effectively. Beyond speed, executives must also focus on scope and significance. 

The Puzzling Technology Adoption Discrepancy Between Individuals and Institutions

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Since the publication of its first report in 2009, I’ve closely followed the Shift Index initiative of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge. 

Why Some Work Groups Thrive While Others Falter

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Early in the 20th century, it was discovered that people’s cognitive abilities tend to be similar across a wide variety of tasks.  Higher empathy.

Reflections on the Nature of Human Organizations

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For most of history, the vast majority of people lived in farms and villages, and worked in relatively small organizations.  . Furthermore, larger organizations are typically accompanied by an increase in human interactions which improve their overall creativity and potential for innovation. billion, passing from 7.0 billion to 9.3

Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?

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But it’s getting harder for our smart machines to truly impress us.  These questions have no easy answers, as we have learned over the years.

The Continuing, Transformative Impact of IT

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Companies have learned how to become effective digital organizations. There are few surprises.  Disruptive innovations take time to play out.

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Preparing Students for an Increasingly Complex Business World

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Are engineering and management schools adequately preparing students for our fast-changing, highly complex business world? 

Could Blockchain Prove to Be “The Next Big Thing”?

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Last week I discussed some of the highlights of Citi’s excellent FinTech report.  But much, much work remains to be done. 

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The Collaborative, Sharing Economy

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Large numbers of people will have to invent their own jobs, based on new types of work organizations that leverage digital markets and platforms.

Why Do We Need Data Science when We’ve Had Statistics for Centuries?

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People with the necessary skills are scarce, primarily because the discipline is so new.  Change does not come easy, even for brilliant physicists.

Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry

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How can we best anticipate the future of a complex, fast changing industry like IT? Data Centers → Cloud. Data Analysis → Data Science, Cognitive, AI.

Why People and Companies Die While Cities Keep Growing

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Furthermore, the bigger the organism, the longer it lives, and the longer it takes to grow and mature, all predicted by the same sublinear power law. 

The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

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The Commission is composed of twelve individuals from the world of business, technology and academia. Today, money is mostly intangible.

Intervention Design: Overcoming Stiff Resistance to a New, Disruptive Innovation

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The September issue of the Harvard Business Review features a spotlight on The Evolution of Design Thinking.  What’s this concept all about? 

Open Letter on the Digital Economy

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While the economic pie is bigger than ever, wages for the median worker in America and other advanced nations have stagnated, increasing inequality. 

A Growing Backlash Against the Relentless Advances in Technology?

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The business world is particularly awash with such trendy buzzwords.  Examples abound, including core competencies , paradigm shift , and synergy.  .

Some Thoughts on the Development of Implementable, Winning Strategies

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Goals and strategies serve very different purposes. Such choices are the very essence of your strategy.”.

Skills and Jobs in the Digital Economy

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The disruption is an opportunity for organizations, but may be a threat to many workers.  million people. 

As Big Data and AI Take Hold, What Will It Take to Be an Effective Executive?

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That’s a role for the people with an organization’s strongest judgment: the senior leaders.”. Mid-skill jobs have been particularly threatened. 

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Lean Principles in the Digital Economy

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The organization must start by understanding what customers truly value - and where, when, how, and why as well. 

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The Firm as a Large, Complex, Extended Family

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With the proper leadership, organizations can succeed by leveraging their positive feelings while keeping the more negative ones in check. 

The Future of Jobs in the Digital Economy

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I recently participated in a roundtable discussion on Work and Value in the Digital Economy , convened by MIT’s Center for Digital Business. 

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The Rise of the On-Demand Economy

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All that growth generally leads to ever larger, multi-layered hierarchical organizations.  Having a good job meant working for one such company.