The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization
DECEMBER 15, 2015
The concept of T-shaped skills was first introduced over 20 years ago, but its importance, - to both individuals and organizations, - has continued to rise. The growing demand for T-shaped skills points to the rise of the T-shaped organization.
The Competitive Value of Data: From Analytics to Machine Learning
JANUARY 31, 2017
A recent article by NY Times reporter Steve Lohr discussed the rising importance of data as a major competitive differentiator.
Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities
DECEMBER 19, 2016
Organizations that can harness these capabilities effectively will be able to create significant value and differentiate themselves, while others will find themselves increasingly at a disadvantage.”.
Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology
JANUARY 26, 2016
A truly complex system consists of many different kinds of parts, intricate organizations and highly different structures at different levels of scale. Over millions of years, biological organisms have developed redundant mechanisms to increase their chances of surviving disease or accidents.
The Transformative Power of Cloud Computing
DECEMBER 12, 2016
I was recently involved in two different meetings, each convened by an IT research organization focused on providing strategic advice to CIOs. My participation in each of the CIO meetings was in the form of a fireside chat with a senior analyst of the organization.
Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?
OCTOBER 31, 2016
Design thinking is now being applied to abstract entities, - e.g. systems, services, information and organizations, - as well as to devise strategies, manage change and solve complex problems. Design thinking has become an increasingly popular topic of discussion over the past decade.
Digital Identity - the Key to Privacy and Security in the Digital World
AUGUST 29, 2016
From time immemorial, our identity systems have been based on face-to-face interactions and on physical documents and processes. But, the transition to a digital economy requires radically different identity systems.
Creating More Intelligent Organizations
DECEMBER 26, 2012
organize these collaborations and enhance them with innovative IT-based. If so, is it possible to create more intelligent organizations? Another CCI project is aiming to answer these questions by trying to understand the intrinsic nature of intelligent organizations.
The Datafication of Business and Society
JUNE 9, 2015
Data science research and educational programs are being organized in universities around the world. Beyond their use in operations, the data generated by these various applications was also used to improve the efficiency, financial performance, and overall management of the organization.
Open Innovation 2.0
MARCH 27, 2017
Product service systems - Organizations need to move from just delivering products to also delivering related services that improve sustainability as well as profitability… The ultimate goal of open innovation 2.0
The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016
AUGUST 16, 2016
Organs-on-chips — “Miniature models of human organs could revolutionize medical research and drug discovery by allowing researchers to see biological mechanism behaviors in ways never before possible.”.
Trust and the On-Demand Economy
DECEMBER 22, 2015
Rather than existing as static and fixed organizations, more enterprises could essentially become an aggregation of specialized entities with complementary interests - expanding, contracting and reconfiguring themselves in a way that best adapts to or even anticipates market dynamics.”.
Disruptive Innovation Revisited
JULY 9, 2014
Most of us who’ve studied or lived through them find Christensen’s work to be a useful explanation and organizing framework for understanding technology-based disruptions.
Design Thinking and the Workplace Experience
OCTOBER 27, 2015
As noted in one of the HBR articles , design-centric organizations are adamantly focused on their customer’ needs, rather than on their internal operational efficiencies. Design has long played a major role in product innovation.
Why Are We Stuck in a World of Slow Economic Growth? Nobody Seems to Know
SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
It’s much more difficult to make accurate predictions in social systems, - whose key components are people, organizations and their intricate interactions, - because of their highly fluctuating behaviors.
Competing Against “Digital Invaders”
OCTOBER 4, 2016
The report organized its findings and recommendations into three main areas: Preparing for digital invaders; Creating a panoramic perspective; and Be first, be best or be nowhere.
The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World
MARCH 13, 2017
During this period, I was involved in organizing emerging business opportunities at IBM, including the Internet and Linux. Communications have played a major role in my work over the past few decades.
The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things
OCTOBER 15, 2014
Over time, many companies ended up with large numbers of relatively small, under-utilized servers distributed across the organization. I recently saw a very interesting presentation , - From Cloud to Fog: The Internet of Things , - by Cisco executive Michael Enescu.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
The hierarchic organization that prevailed in the 20th century was appropriate to a production oriented, industrial economy, but it will not work so well in the more global and fast-changing digital economy.
AI and Public Policy
JANUARY 23, 2017
The report is organized into three main sections: Section I described the key research trends influencing AI’s future; Section II examined the key economic sectors that are most likely to be impacted by AI; and Section III looked into issues surrounding AI and public policy.
The Puzzling Technology Adoption Discrepancy Between Individuals and Institutions
DECEMBER 11, 2013
In the case of the 2013 Shift Index, the story centers on the puzzling discrepancy in technology adoption between individuals and organizations. Since the publication of its first report in 2009, I’ve closely followed the Shift Index initiative of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge.
The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy
JANUARY 19, 2016
The companies with the highest returns on their technology investments did more than just buy technology; they invested in organizational capital to become digital organizations. Digital technologies are all around us, - increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized.
The Internet, Blockchain, and the Evolution of Foundational Innovations
JANUARY 17, 2017
They govern interactions among nations, organizations, communities, and individuals. Individuals, organizations, machines, and algorithms would freely transact and interact with one another with little friction.”.
The Continuing, Transformative Impact of IT
JUNE 12, 2013
Companies have learned how to become effective digital organizations. Last month, the McKinsey Global Institute published Ten IT-enabled business trends for the decade ahead. As is generally the case with McKinsey, this is a well researched, well written report. There are few surprises.
Leadership in a Changing World
FEBRUARY 2, 2016
Organizations need a modicum of stability to function effectively. What are the critical competencies needed to lead in our fast-changing business environment?
Reflections on the Nature of Human Organizations
OCTOBER 31, 2012
For most of history, the vast majority of people lived in farms and villages, and worked in relatively small organizations. . We learned that in many cases, our human organizations are more efficient the larger they are. Furthermore, larger organizations are typically accompanied by an increase in human interactions which improve their overall creativity and potential for innovation. All that growth generally leads to ever larger, multi-layered hierarchical organizations.
Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle
AUGUST 22, 2016
The book is organized into three main sections. T]hese seven principles can serve as a guide to designing the next generation of high-performance and innovative companies, organizations and institutions.
The Analog Foundations of the Digital Revolution
MAY 2, 2016
Efficiency : By enabling the automation and coordination of business processes across the organization, digital technologies have significantly promoted efficiency across the whole economy.
Why Some Work Groups Thrive While Others Falter
APRIL 25, 2016
Within companies and conglomerates, as well as in government agencies and schools, teams are now the fundamental unit of organization.
The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity
MAY 23, 2016
Data provenance. “To make organizations and individuals comfortable exposing their data through the use of blockchain applications, the systems must automatically track every change that is made to data, so it’s auditable and completely trustworthy.”.
The Collaborative, Sharing Economy
AUGUST 14, 2013
A few weeks ago I wrote about my recent participation in the 2013 Roundtable on Institutional Innovation , an Aspen Institute event that took a close look at the impact of digital technologies on the evolution of companies and other organizations.
Why Do We Need Data Science when We’ve Had Statistics for Centuries?
APRIL 30, 2014
This opportunity requires a fundamental shift in organizational culture, one seen in organizations that have embraced the emerging world of data for decision making.”.
Preparing Students for an Increasingly Complex Business World
DECEMBER 23, 2014
We sometimes forget that while exciting, disruptive innovations are indeed disruptive , not only in the marketplace, but also for individuals and groups in our own organization.
Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?
MAY 17, 2016
Their research showed that interpretive innovation generally takes place through a process of conversations among people and organizations with different backgrounds and perspectives, until the problems can be identified and clarified to the point where a solution can be developed.
Why People and Companies Die While Cities Keep Growing
JANUARY 5, 2016
In particular, he wondered if we could apply empirical, quantifiable and predictive scientific methods to help us better understand complex biological organisms and social organizations like cities and companies. He then turned his attention from biology to social organizations.
The Future of Jobs in the Digital Economy
DECEMBER 19, 2012
Race Against the Machine is an excellent short book published last year by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andy McAfee , who are respectively the director and principal research scientist of the Center for Digital Business, as well as the organizers of the Digital Economy roundtable.
Intervention Design: Overcoming Stiff Resistance to a New, Disruptive Innovation
SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
When first introduced, disruptive innovations are likely encounter stiff resistance, both within one’s own organization and in the marketplace, - otherwise we wouldn’t call them disruptive.
Lean Principles in the Digital Economy
AUGUST 6, 2014
Such methods include quality control of the processes involved in production; just-in-time production to reduce the costs associated with excess inventory; and continuous improvement involving everyone in the organization in the quest for new, easy to implement ideas. .
The Firm as a Large, Complex, Extended Family
SEPTEMBER 18, 2013
Firms are organizations in which the different parts of the firm have an interchange with other parts of the firm, it is a sociological problem not an economic problem.”. “I Many of the same emotions apply to organizations.
A Growing Backlash Against the Relentless Advances in Technology?
JULY 2, 2014
I later held different positions across the company, mostly based on identifying emerging technologies and market developments and organizing companywide initiatives to capitalize on them, including supercomputing , the Internet , Linux and On Demand.