Issue 76, Autumn 2014
In this issue
- Organizations & PeopleWorking with startups showed Ernesto Sirolli how anyone can have more impact: Shut up and listen.
- Global PerspectiveChina’s most recognizable brand has plans to overtake Apple and Samsung.
- Global PerspectiveEight principles for succeeding in markets prone to ethical and legal risks.
- Young Profs
- Organizations & PeopleDespite best intentions, many businesses struggle with “commitment drift.”
- Operations & ManufacturingThe benefits of an organic, more iterative approach to product development. See also “Lessons in Product Design from Modern Warfare — In Pictures.”
- Consumer ProductsWhy are grocery stores building up while sales go down?
- At the Japanese auto giant, unplanned, agenda-free meetings are ubiquitous and indispensable.
- Five indicators reveal when your sector is about to be transformed by dematurity.
- Make human-centered design the heart of your digital agenda.
- How the practices of “pride builders” can help you develop a high-performance culture.
Books in Brief
- Michael Schrage reviews two notable books by veteran Silicon Valley journalists that seek to explain collaborative charisma.
- In A Bigger Prize, former CEO Margaret Heffernan argues that the corporate world has an unhealthy obsession with winning.
- In The Second Machine Age, two MIT professors show how the exponential growth of new technologies is remaking the world.
- Companies must find a balance between the luxuries customers will pay for and the necessities they expect.