Innovate over the long term, acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon, a leadership lesson by Elon Musk, cybersecurity…. here are 5 must-read articles published this June!

Here are five articles that stood out this month for their originality, relevance, and/or analysis. Happy reading!   Strategy « The Amazon-Whole Foods Deal Mean Every Other Retailer’s Three-Year Plan is Obsolete » (Harvard Business Review) With its recent acquisition of Whole Foods (the premium grade American grocery store chain), Amazon is in the process…

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[Interview] Netflix: a platform organization designed to boost agility

Netflix has been pursuing its switch from a control-based approach to a strategy built on orchestrating resources for almost 20 years now. Its agile platform model has enabled the global leader in online streaming to refine its value proposition, ensuring it continues to meet the expectations of its entire ecosystem of stakeholders.   Netflix’s latest…

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Platform companies, from controlling to orchestrating resources

From Amazon to Coursera to Uber, software platforms have revolutionized entire sections of the economy within the past 10 years. What are the key qualities of these successful companies? Firstly, they have switched from control-based systems to a resource-management approach. Below we examine a number of options for entering the platform age.   In October…

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Here are 5 not-to-miss articles published in February! Topics covered include caring leader, productivity and efficiency, empathy, recruitment and more…

Here are five articles that stood out this month for their originality, relevance, and/or analysis. Happy reading! Economy & Society “The Corporate Implications of Longer Lives“ (MITSloan) People are living longer and working longer – but few organizations have come to grips with the opportunities and challenges that greater longevity brings. Leadership “The Caring Leader”…

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3 managerial practices that are often missing in large groups

Faced with technological breakthroughs and jostled by disruptive startups, large companies wonder constantly how to update their practices. The ideal is not, however, radical reinvention, but instead to combine their own inherent impressive strengths with the agility of startups. Some companies have adopted a novel approach of reverse mentoring, based on the exchange of best practices between “start-uppers” and…

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Looking to startups to boost your agility

Faced with technological breakthroughs and jostled by disruptive startups, large companies wonder constantly how to update their practices. The ideal is not, however, radical reinvention, but instead to combine their own inherent impressive strengths with the agility of startups. Some companies have adopted a novel approach of reverse mentoring, based on the exchange of best…

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The animation of communities of leaders: a key expertise of Business Digest

While a community of leaders may be built according to the same the process as that of any other type of digital community, there are also unique specifi cations to consider. A community of leaders will not come together spontaneously. It is critical to found the community on key business and organizational concerns, using a…

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Tesla Motors & SpaceX
How Elon Musk is shaking up the automobile and aerospace industries

Automotive, energy, space travel and passenger transport are the many sectors Elon Musk is at the forefront of “shaking up”! Since he made his fortune developing PayPal and eBay in 2002, the South African entrepreneur has endeavored to create value in the industries that have yet to become intensely competitive. What are the fundamentals of…

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Strategic agility: challenging value creation

What do Airbnb, Uber and Netflix have in common? They are all proficient at recreating value in markets where the competition has been intense for decades, forcing prices down. What can we learn from these so-called «disruptive» companies that leverage innovative business models to uncover new growth drivers? The success of some of the most…

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How can you optimize the impact of digital communities?

Seamless collaborations across internal and geographic boundaries. A flatter, more agile, and innovative organization. A deeper sense of connection and cohesion around organizational purpose and mission. What does it take for online communities to become effective means to such worthwhile ends? Despite their much-celebrated potential, companies continue to struggle to get internal online communities off…

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