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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 Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

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The technologies on the list are not new. Artificial Intelligence. The Internet of Things. The Internet of Things (IoT) has also been long in coming. 

Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

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Over millions of years, biological organisms have developed redundant mechanisms to increase their chances of surviving disease or accidents.

The Rise of the Platform Economy

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The effect is much greater potential for innovation and growth than a single product-oriented firm can generate alone.”. trillion.

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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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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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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.”.

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. 

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.

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 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. 

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.

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 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. 

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

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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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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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? 

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.

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.

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.

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 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. 

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.

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. 

STEM Literacy and Jobs

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In the early days of the Industrial Revolution , it’s been estimated that around 12% of the world's population was literate. Every year U.S.

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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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.  .

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 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. 

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. 

FinTech and Financial Inclusion

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billion unbanked adults in 2011. percent of adults with accounts in 2011.   But, Mexico still lags many of its peers in Latin America.

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 Continuing Evolution of Service Science

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Design-centric organizations are adamantly focused on their customers’ needs. However, they’re neither easily visible nor well understood.

The Economic Potential of The Internet of Things

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Business Organization and Culture.  Like many technological advances, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been long in coming.  Interoperability. 

The Big Data Era Is Here

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In mid-January, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies held its 94th Annual Meeting in Washington DC.  Representativeness. 

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