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Six questions your organization needs to address to thrive in the digital era

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education and Peter Weill - 20 days ago

Peter Weill

The good news about being in the middle of a digitization era is the plethora of new technology available that allows companies to reinvent themselves. However, the challenge about digital transformation is that it involves massive change.

MIT Sloan Senior Research Scientist Peter Weill shared his thoughts on this conundrum in a recent webinar—Six Questions for Digital Transformation—adding it’s not about the technology per se, but about the way in which we change our organizations that matters. Weill, along with MIT colleague Stephanie Woerner, recently published an HBR Press book—What’s Your Digital Business Model? Six Questions to Help You Build the Next-Generation Enterprise—says the goal of the book was to understand how companies can thrive in the digital era.

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Six reasons firms can't innovate

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 2 months and 23 days ago

Six reasons firms can't innovate according to Bill Fischer

Recent studies show that when it comes to innovation, corporate strategists don’t walk the walk. They know that real change is required to succeed, but the vast majority of growth efforts are allocated to continuous innovation instead of disruptive risks. In a recent Forbes article, MIT Sloan Visiting Professor Bill Fischer outlines six reasons strategists feel stymied and explains why they have it all wrong. —from assuming they know the customer well (when they really don’t) to overemphasizing short-term results. He argues that short-sightedness is what’s keeping innovation down.

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Driving strategic innovation with Kirsten Rose

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 months and 21 days ago

Kirsten Rose at DSI with peers

Kirsten Rose is the Head of Low Emission Technology at the world-leading resources company BHP, based in Melbourne, Australia. In September of last year, Rose was awarded a Chief Executive Women scholarship to attend the week-long, MIT Sloan Executive Education program, Driving Strategic Innovation: Achieving High Performance Throughout the Value Chain. Rose shared some of her thoughts and takeaways from the program with us.

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An interview with ACE holder Franco Amalfi

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 4 months and 17 days ago

Franco Amalfi 250

Franco Amalfi is an accomplished executive with more than 25 years of experience in value selling, management consulting, software development, software implementation, program management, and business development. He recently completed his Advanced Certificate for Executives in Management, Innovation & Technology at MIT Sloan and shared some of his thoughts about his ACE experience with us.

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Partnering with universities in innovation ecosystems: How to unlock more value

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 6 months and 22 days ago

Businesses partner with higher education to foster innovation

Collaborations with colleges and universities have become de rigueur for businesses that want to get and stay ahead of the competition. Recent research by MIT Sloan Professor Fiona Murray suggest that there are several scenarios that drive these connections, such as a desire to discover new talent, a need to solve short- and long-term problems, or simply a wish to supplement an existing knowledge base.

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7 characteristics of effective strategic priorities

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 7 months and 27 days ago

Strategic Priorities

A recent survey of more than 400 global CEOs revealed that the ability to execute strategy was their #1 challenge. Why? And what can be done about it? MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer and global strategy expert Donald Sull says leaders can improve strategy implementation by translating the complexity of strategy into guidelines that are simple and flexible enough to execute.

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Innovation, failure, and progress in the pharmaceutical industry: Takeda's Andy Plump speaks at MIT

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 9 months and 30 days ago

Andy plump speaks at MIT

In the Innovative Leadership (iLead) Series by MIT Sloan and the MIT Leadership Center, top thought leaders share their views on business challenges and achievements. Here, Andy Plump—Chief Medical Scientific Officer for pharmaceutical leader Takeda—shares his thoughts on his company’s approach to drug development, as well as the role MIT and the surrounding biotech community plays in it.

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Neil Ackerman has put his MIT Sloan Executive Certificates to work—and to great success

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 11 months and 9 days ago

MIT Sloan Executive Certificate Holder Neil Ackerman

MIT Sloan Executive Certificate holder Neil Ackerman is a highly successful supply chain and strategy executive currently serving as Senior Director of Global Supply Chain Advanced Planning and Innovation for healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson. His accomplishments in supply chain innovation throughout his career have been many—so, it’s hard to imagine a time when Ackerman wasn’t sure where he wanted to go, or how he was going to get there. But for the now-accomplished executive, there were several turning points in his career that required deep thought, new ways of thinking, and giants leaps of faith.

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