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Africa's overlooked business revolution

Africa’s overlooked business revolution

Global business leaders who misunderstand Africa run the risk of missing out on one of the 21st century’s great growth opportunities.

The business value of design

– How do the best design performers increase their revenues and shareholder returns at nearly twice the rate of their industry counterparts?

Building the workforce of tomorrow, today

– Software giant SAP is helping its workforce keep pace with technological change and new strategic thrusts.

Making work meaningful: A leader’s guide

– People who find meaning at work are happier, more productive, and more engaged. Four practical interventions can help make the... search more likely to succeed.

The link between meaning and organizational health

– Employees are more likely to find meaning at work when the organizations they work in are healthy.

Digital strategy: The four fights you have to win

– Yesterday’s tentative approaches won’t deliver; you need absolute clarity about digital’s demands, galvanized... leadership, unparalleled agility, and the resolve to bet boldly.

The cornerstones of large-scale technology transformation

– A clear playbook is emerging for how to integrate and capitalize on advanced technologies—across an entire company, and... in any industry.

Bias busters: Taking the ‘outside view’

– Using a reference class can help executives gain much-needed perspective to inform their decision making.

Why data culture matters

– Organizational culture can accelerate the application of analytics, amplify its power, and steer companies away from risky outcomes.... Here are seven principles that underpin a healthy data culture.

Interviews

Accidentally agile: An interview with the Rijksmuseum’s Taco Dibbits

Accidentally agile: An interview with the Rijksmuseum’s Taco Dibbits

The director of the national museum of Dutch art and history describes the central role of agility in the museum’s massive renovation project—and in its drive for perpetual renewal.

How NBCUniversal is creating ‘pull’ for analytics

– To realize the full potential of data analytics, start with your people and their needs, says Cameron Davies, the company’s... head of corporate decision sciences.

A view from the front lines of baseball’s data-analytics revolution

– In the second of a two-part interview, Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow describes how analytics has changed baseball—from... Moneyball in 2003 to the last out of the 2017 World Series.

How the Houston Astros are winning through advanced analytics

– In the first of a two-part interview, the architect of last year’s World Series champions shares how analytics, organization,... and culture combine to create competitive advantage in a zero-sum industry.

Featured research

The symbiotic relationship between organizational health and safety

The symbiotic relationship between organizational health and safety

Management practices focusing on “hard” incentives, rewards, and consequences, as well as on employees’ mind-sets and values, make workplaces safer.

Powering the digital economy

– As cheaper storage and renewables bend the electricity cost curve, utilities must refine their strategies and raise their digital... game.

Closing the gender gap: A missed opportunity for new CEOs

– Many new CEOs reshuffle their top teams, but surprisingly few make them more diverse. Can we do better?

Setting the framework for car connectivity and user experience

– The connectivity experience of drivers and passengers will soon be transformed, with the potential for significant value creation.... Here is a framework to measure progress.

Industry dynamics

Booming cities, unintended consequences

Booming cities, unintended consequences

Roadways clogged by commercial vehicles and intense competition for affordable housing are imposing costs on prosperous cities and their most vulnerable residents.

AI’s growing impact

– Smart machines are giving storytellers and risk managers alike a helping hand.

Resetting the cost base

– Technology is creating opportunities and threats for the supplies of traditional industries from utilities to pulp and paper to... construction.

Competing in a world of digital ecosystems

– New players and blurring sector borders are starting to influence the competitive outlook in a wide range of industries. Here’s... a close-in look at changes afoot in automobiles and banking.

Podcasts

How to win in Africa

How to win in Africa

The right strategy can unlock strong, profitable growth, explain the authors of Africa’s Business Revolution.

Putting talent at the top of the CEO agenda

– lapetitemort.info global managing partner Dominic Barton discusses how executives serious about delivering value need to spend more time... identifying their organizations’ top performers and most critical roles.

The real-world potential and limitations of artificial intelligence

– Artificial intelligence has the potential to create trillions of dollars of value across the economy—if business leaders work... to understand what AI can and cannot do.

Microsoft’s next act

– CEO Satya Nadella talks about innovation, disruption, and organizational change.

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