|The Best Decisions Are Clustered
by Matt Calderone, Karla Martin, and Decio Mendes
By assigning groups of individuals to categories of decisions, organizations can maintain coherence in the face of uncertainty.
|The Sociocratic Method
by Brian Robertson
A Dutch model of corporate governance harnesses self-organization to provide agility and a voice to all participants.
|How to Slim Down a Brand Portfolio
by Nikhil Bahadur, Edward Landry, and Steven Treppo
The objective is not merely to divest brands, but to achieve higher rates of growth for the brands that remain.
|Looking for Privacy in All the Wrong Places
by George Tillmann
Executives must protect valuable corporate and personnel data to avoid a potentially crippling attack.
by Molly Finn, Gary M. Rahl, and William Rowe Jr.
Environmental liabilities — even abandoned oil platforms and polluted wetlands — are hidden sources of value.
|The Craft of Connection
by Tim Laseter and Rob Cross
Organizational network analysis is helping companies share knowledge worldwide, one natural broker at a time.
|The Case for Long Shots
by J. Baldwin
The world’s most popular camping tent was once a hard sell to retailers, but it ultimately demonstrated the value of an innovative gamble.
|How to Be an Outsourcing Virtuoso
by Vinay Couto and Ashok Divakaran
As the turbulent global services industry matures, a highly skilled cadre of master providers and customers is emerging.
|Innovators without Borders
by Kevin Dehoff and Vikas Sehgal
For companies that want to build a global growth engine, offshoring innovation is both a challenge and a necessity.
|The Innovation Sandbox
by C.K. Prahalad
To create an impossibly low-cost, high-quality new business model, start by cultivating constraints.
|FedEx Delivers on the Deal
by Michael Copeland
In acquiring Kinko’s, FedEx is testing its own mastery of the art of integrating new companies.
|Who Manages Manufacturing?
by Peter von Hochberg, Marcello Rodrigues, and Georgina Grenon
Long-term strategist, juggler of diverse tasks, or productivity champion — the role of operations chief can deeply affect a company’s direction.
|The Ambassador from the Next Economy
by Lawrence M. Fisher
“Venture activist” Joichi Ito has turned his life into a prototype of the organization of the future.
|Janine Benyus: The Thought Leader Interview
by Amy Bernstein
The biomimicry pioneer is teaching executives that the solutions to their most challenging problems lie in nature.
|On Trust and Culture
by Karen Otazo
Five books about social networks explore the importance of “who you know.”
|Books in Brief
by David K. Hurst
Old stories, new jobs, technological hype, and gay leadership.
by Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer
On watercooler talk, learning from failure, happy accidents, measuring communications, and metaphors.
|Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
by Bruce Feirstein