Issue 82, Spring 2016
- Strategy & LeadershipAn s+b Roundtable: Highly focused and diversified, this industrial company grows through acquisition, customer-facing innovation, and continuous improvement.
- Thought LeadersThe NYU social psychologist says that the ethical risks for a business depend on its ingrained cultural attitudes.
- TechnologyA global survey of business leaders shows how the smartest companies develop and wield their technology strategy.
- TechnologyOur annual review of the year’s best business books. : An Expensive Breakdown in Communications • : Leading by Biographical Example • : The Machine Age • : Capturing Attention – and Data – in a Digital Age• : What a Character! • : The (Very) Political Economy • : The Search for Innovation
- Strategy & LeadershipOutside investors have their megaphones. But insiders have a more powerful tool for creating value: deep knowledge of their business and customers.
- InnovationThe quiet heroes of innovation do the little things that bring big ideas to life.
- Business LiteratureIn her new book, journalist Gillian Tett convincingly shows how companies can be constrained by silos that inhibit collaboration — and how they can break out of them.
- TechnologyWhy established companies should join forces with upstart competitors.
- Marketing, Media & SalesA look at spending on media in cities worldwide today, and in the near future.
- TechnologyA new approach to digital strategy reinvents legacy IT by aligning it to a company’s capabilities.
- Organizations & PeopleDirectors facing complex corporate governance challenges can develop their capacity to think together about the implications of their decisions.
Books in Brief
- Business LiteratureIn his new book, Wall Street Journal veteran Greg Ip makes the counterintuitive argument that the preventive efforts that makes us safe can encourage dangerous risk taking.
- Business LiteratureEver-smarter computers may be poised to steal the jobs of a rising number of people. In a new book, Geoff Colvin argues that humans can deploy a secret weapon: their ability to care.
- Business LiteratureIn his new book, Roger Lowenstein describes how financial crises and political tensions spurred the creation of the U.S.’s central bank.
- Business LiteratureIn his new book, Stephen Witt offers a compelling tale of how music industry executives, technologists, and pirates upended the business of selling recorded music.
- s+b BlogsDon’t let the performance of superstars distract you from the damage toxic employees inflict.