New, must-read Harvard Business Review articles in January

New, must-read Harvard Business Review articles in January

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January 10, 2017
Harvard Business Review Top 5 articles for October 2015

Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our Business Library for CIOs with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders would benefit from reading. These curated pieces are available now through the end of January.

1. Pipelines, platforms, and the new rules of strategy

“Platform businesses that bring together producers and consumers, as Uber and Airbnb do, are gobbling up market share and transforming competition. Traditional businesses that fail to create platforms and to learn the new rules of strategy will struggle,” write the authors of this Harvard Business Review article. Learn the three key shifts involved in moving from pipeline to platform, the power of network effects, and how platforms change strategy. 

Download: "Pipelines, platforms, and the new rules of strategy"


2. Spontaneous deregulation

“Many successful platform businesses — think Airbnb, Uber, and YouTube — ignore laws and regulations that appear to preclude their approach … This rule flouting is a phenomenon we call ‘spontaneous private deregulation,’ and it is not new. Innovation has often rendered laws and regulations obsolete.” write the authors of this Harvard Business Review article. In this article, you’ll learn “how to compete with platforms that ignore the rules.”

Download: "Spontaneous deregulation"


3. Planned opportunism

“The future is shaped by nonlinear changes and chance events. How can you prepare your organization to respond?” That’s the question author Vijay Govindarajan sets out to answer in this Harvard Business Review article. He goes on to write: “Companies have to recognize the weak signals that herald important changes to the business and identify the opportunities they present. In this article, you’ll learn how to use weak signals to spur innovation.

Download: "Planned opportunism"


design_thinking_comes_of_age.png4. Design thinking comes of age

There’s a shift underway in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about applying the principles of design to the way people work. This new approach is in large part a response to the increasing complexity of modern technology and modern business. In this article, Jon Kolko, founder and director of Austin Center for Design, explains how a set of principles collectively known as design thinking — empathy with users, a discipline of prototyping, and tolerance for failure chief among them — can be the best tool for developing a responsive, flexible organizational culture. 

Download: "Design thinking comes of age"


HBR article: Make time for the work that matters5. Make time for work that matters

Knowledge workers can make themselves more productive by thinking consciously about how they spend their time, deciding which tasks matter most to them and their organizations, and dropping or creatively outsourcing the rest. Take the self-assessment to identify the low-value tasks you can offload.

Download: "Make time for work that matters"



"IT Talent Crisis: Proven Advice from CIOs and HR Leaders"

Surviving the IT talent crisis has become a critical component in a company's ability to compete and succeed in the digital economy. CIOs must collaborate with HR leaders to overhaul legacy approaches to finding, attracting and retaining IT talent that is capable of keeping up with the demands of digital transformation, according to new research by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services.

Learn practical, actionable advice from CIOs and business leaders who are defining the new best practices for IT talent management.

Download the report: "IT talent crisis: Proven advice from CIOs and HR leaders"

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