Planned opportunism
By Vijay Govindarajan

“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.

Spontaneous deregulation
By Benjamin Edelman and Damien Geradin

“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.”

Pipelines, platforms, and the new rules of strategy
By Marshall W. Van Alstyne, Geoffrey G. Parker, and Sangeet Paul Choudary

“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. 

Design thinking comes of age
By Jon Kolko

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. 

Make time for the work that matters
By Julian Birkinshaw and Jordan Cohen

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.

Competing for IT's most elusive resource: Talent
By The Enterprisers Project

Talent shortages in IT are nothing new. In fact, CIO Magazine devoted a special issue to the topic in the early 1990s. Even with recent technology slowdowns and whole layers of the IT stack being abstracted at a dizzying pace, the unemployment rate for most IT jobs remains close to zero. Skilled technologists are being recruited in the same way sports prodigies are, often after their first year of college. To look for solutions in this talent-constrained environment, The Enterprisers Project gathered four top IT executives from the Greater Atlanta area for dinner and an evening of conversation. Download the roundtable for the conversation highlights. 

Surviving the IT talent crisis
By Harvard Business Review Analytic Services

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 full report: “IT Talent Crisis: Proven Advice from CIOs and HR Leaders.”

Software: The true competitive differentiator
By The Enterprisers Project

Almost every company uses software these days, but what can we learn from companies using it to their best business advantage? In this Enterprisers Project virtual roundtable, we gathered five IT leaders from a range of industries to discuss new frontiers of software advantage, including how to build a software-centric culture, open new markets with software, and how to use open source as a development accelerator. Download the conversation to find out how these leading IT executives are evolving their organizations to be more software-centric.

The Internet of Things: Moving from vision to execution
By The Enterprisers Project

With Internet of Things expected to be a $1.7 trillion market in 2020, an “Internet of Everything” future seems inevitable, and it's creating both exciting opportunities and unknown security risks for enterprise IT. The Enterprisers Project asked a group of IT leaders to share their thoughts on moving from vision to execution while minimizing challenges along the way. Learn how leading organizations are identifying the right IoT opportunities while minimizing their security risks.

CIO Roundtable: Driving digital transformation
By The Enterprisers Project

A recent study from Harvard Business Review revealed that success in the digital age is linked to CIOs who bring a strategic and collaborative approach to connecting IT to the business.  The Enterprisers Project brought together a group of IT executives to discuss how they are staying in front as digital leaders and the best practices they are using to bring their organizations along.

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