Thursday, 22 December 2011

MIT Sloan Management Review

MIT Sloan Management Review

Developing a Winning Strategy

Posted: 21 Dec 2011 02:04 PM PST

Developing a Winning Strategy Image courtesy of Flickr user FracturedPixel. How do you develop the best strategy for your company's current circumstances? In this online special report, MIT Sloan Management Review editorial director Martha E. Mangelsdorf has assembled a collection of articles and blog items that can help you craft a winning strategy in changing [...]

Making the Most of What You Have

Posted: 21 Dec 2011 02:00 PM PST

If you're like many managers today, you probably wish you had additional resources. Maybe you can't hire as many people as you think your organization needs — or perhaps you think you could seize new opportunities if you only had a bigger budget. In today's uncertain and competitive markets, it often seems like there's far [...]

Is Morale Irrelevant?

Posted: 21 Dec 2011 02:00 PM PST

Image courtesy of Flickr user pasukaru76. We have recently encountered a disturbing lack of concern for employee morale on the part of some executives. The head of HR at one successful organization even told us that employee morale in the organization was irrelevant. What's more, that view is not an anomaly. The most common rationale [...]

Quick Takes

Posted: 21 Dec 2011 02:00 PM PST

"To reduce the impact not just of fuel price volatility but of other sorts of supply disruptions as well, companies should pursue greater flexibility all the way up and down the supply chain." — Simchi-Levi et al., “Is It Time to Rethink Your Manufacturing Strategy?." "Ironically, the rate at which value is achieved by the [...]

How to Identify New Business Models

Posted: 21 Dec 2011 01:59 PM PST

By systematically examining alternative business models, the tool manufacturer Kennametal was able to develop new service-based offerings. Image courtesy of Kennametal. Organizations traditionally pursue growth via one or more of three broad paths: They invest heavily in product development so they can produce new and better offerings. They develop deep consumer insights in order to [...]

Six Principles of Effective Global Talent Management

Posted: 21 Dec 2011 01:58 PM PST

Internal consistency in talent management practices — in other words, the way a company's talent management practices fit with each other — is key, as companies such as Siemens recognize. Image courtesy of Siemens. One of the biggest challenges facing companies all over the world is building and sustaining a strong talent pipeline. Not only [...]

Building a Well-Networked Organization

Posted: 21 Dec 2011 01:58 PM PST

The design company IDEO, whose IDEO Method Cards are pictured here, uses a social platform to facilitate staffing of projects. Image courtesy of IDEO. Leaders and human resources professionals are searching for ways to generate more value from their employees. Finding new approaches for optimizing talent is a critical aspect of organizational performance. The Hackett [...]

The Manager’s Guide to IT Innovation Waves

Posted: 21 Dec 2011 01:57 PM PST

One issue to consider when a new IT innovation is beginning to generate a wave of attention: What conferences are devoted to the innovation? Is attendance growing or declining, and at what rate? Image courtesy of Flickr user K.Costin Photography. Over the last half century, managers have faced one wave of information technology innovation after [...]

Improving Environmental Performance in Your Chinese Supply Chain

Posted: 21 Dec 2011 01:57 PM PST

Rather than simply monitoring Chinese suppliers' compliance with local environmental, health and safety standards, leading multinational companies are giving suppliers tools and incentives to independently improve environmental performance. Image courtesy of Flickr user jurvetson. Given how much of the world's manufacturing takes place in China and the damage it has wrought on that country's environment, [...]

Winning the Race With Ever-Smarter Machines

Posted: 21 Dec 2011 01:56 PM PST

In 2011, an IBM supercomputer called Watson beat human champions in the Jeopardy! game show. Image courtesy of IBM. In the past few years, progress in information technology — in computer hardware, software and networks — has been so rapid and so surprising that many present-day organizations, institutions, policies and mind-sets are not keeping up. [...]

Is It Time to Rethink Your Manufacturing Strategy?

Posted: 21 Dec 2011 01:56 PM PST

One crucial enabling factor for outsourcing or offshoring manufacturing was cheap oil. But now, crude oil prices and transportation costs have risen. For the past 10 years, China was the answer to many manufacturing questions. That's no longer automatically the case. Supply chain disruptions, fuel price volatility, rising labor costs, advances in technology and a [...]

“Do-It-Yourself” Employee Health Care

Posted: 21 Dec 2011 01:55 PM PST

Image courtesy of Flickr user BlackburnMike_1. As employers contend with a health-care system that is costly, difficult to access and inconsistent in quality, an old idea — providing health care to employees at or near their workplace — is gaining new momentum. A 2011 study by the professional-services company Towers Watson and the nonprofit National [...]

Should Top Management Relocate Across National Borders?

Posted: 21 Dec 2011 01:55 PM PST

A desire to be close to its major global customers led Halliburton Co., an international oil services group, to relocate the company's CEO from its headquarters in Houston, Texas, to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Image courtesy of Flickr user utpal. International relocations of entire corporate headquarters are a rare phenomenon. But the relocation [...]

Why Dominant Companies Are Vulnerable

Posted: 21 Dec 2011 01:54 PM PST

Apple's TV ads — like the one excerpted here — have humorously contrasted Macs and Windows-based PCs. But when Microsoft invested money in Apple in 1997 to ensure Apple's survival, it may have been a smart strategic move for Microsoft. Image courtesy of Apple Inc. It is widely assumed that in many technology markets, dominant [...]

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