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Porter Wins World's Most Influential Management Thinker Award

Last night’s Thinkers50 Awards in London enjoyed the presence of some of the world’s finest thought leaders, and according to Thinkers50 the most influential management thinker in the world is the internationally renowned strategy and competitiveness expert Professor Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School. Before the event, Thinkers50 had already…

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Thinkers50 Hall of Fame & Award Nominees

At this year’s Thinkers50 awards, Andrew Kakabadse accompanies five distinguished thinkers who join Charles Handy, Tom Peters, Philip Kotler and Henry Mintzberg in the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame. They are outstanding individuals who have all made a lasting and vital impact on how organisations are led and managed – they are the giants upon whose shoulders managers and…

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How 5 Types of Innovation Can Help You Disrupt

If you carefully orchestrate 5 or more of the 10 innovation types, particularly those types which most organisations typically ignore, you will almost always get disruptive innovation. That is the message shared by Larry Keeley – president and co-founder of Doblin, Inc., an innovation strategy firm known for pioneering comprehensive innovation…

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What To Do When Firms Are So Much Better Than Yours

In recent years, Exponential Organisations have revolutionised how a business can accelerate its growth by innovatively using technology. They eliminate the old incremental, linear way traditional companies grow by leveraging communities, big data, algorithms, and new technology, and as a result perform ten times better than their established peers. Meanwhile there are those who are…

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What is Your Risk of Data Breaches and Cyberattacks?

While teams have fun dreaming up their next serving of digital delight, some avoid looking into the eyes of the less sexy subject of data privacy and cybersecurity, leaving their organisations and customers dangerously exposed. Read Richard Lee’s article in which he explains that the…

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Gartner on Building the Digital Platform for 2016

Towards the end of 2014, Gartner told its customers that to grasp the digital opportunity, incrementally improving IT performance isn’t enough, and that enterprises and their CIOs need to “flip” from old to new in terms of information and technology leadership, value leadership and people leadership. Read Flipping…

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Digital Capability Framework Toolset

The Digital Capability Framework (DCF) is a strategic management toolset designed to help companies orchestrate digital business transformation using a structured approach. It incorporates the Business Transformation Management Methodology (BTM²), providing leaders with a holistic approach to digital business transformation, which has already been leveraged by transformation leaders…

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Digital Transformation Governance Success Factors

The topic of digital transformation governance is far from the technical topics of social media, mobile, analytics, embedded devices, etc, but without the right governance, even the finest teams of technical talent and healthy budgets are likely to suffer similar pains to those experienced by the BBC digital transformation we wrote…

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Planning Fallacy and Cost-Benefit Implications

One of the most universal and robustly demonstrated cognitive biases is the planning fallacy, and its unsavoury consequences are tasted inside transformation initiatives throughout the world with project and programme managers and transformation leaders systematically under-estimating the amount of time or money they are going to need. Often these under-estimations assume nothing…

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Arrow Electronics CMO Interview on Digital

Arrow Electronics is a Fortune 150 company with 17,000 employees turning over almost $30 billion delivering technology solutions to an eclectic mix of markets including telco, transportation, medical, consumer electronics and others. In a Halloween special, CMO Rich Kylberg caught up with Michael Krigsman of CXO Talk…

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Join IBM C-Suite Insights Event Online: 3 Nov

More than 5,247 business leaders from 21 industries in more than 70 countries were interviewed in the first half of 2015, and interviews were conducted across six key C-suite roles: CEO: 818 CFO: 643 CIO: 1,805 CHRO: 601 CMO: 723 COO: 657 Respondents…

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Your Move on the 2nd Half of the Chessboard

As an unprecedented pace of digital transformation encapsulates every industry like a digital vortex, even sharp leaders can fail to grasp the power of exponential forces, that they are not accustomed to dealing with. But as BCG explained in an article recently, these leaders can consider simple questions…

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SAP Business Transformation Summit Wrap-up

The 5th SAP Business Transformation Summit was held last week at SAP’s birthplace St Leon Rot, near Heidelberg in Germany. The event was kicked off by Michael Kleinemeier, a member of the SAP Global Managing Board, and Dr. Christoph Steiger, the new Global Head of SAP Business Transformation Services.

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Leading Digital Transformation to Scale

Many business executives are asking questions such as; “How do I lead my organisation through Digital Transformation?”  Similarly, IT Executives are asking; “How do I lead my IT organisation to be a successful technology partner to the business?” and Tech Supplier Execs are asking; “How do I lead my technology…

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How to Cultivate People Who Create Miracles

Innovation to change business models, ways of working and create competitive advantage is one thing, but while leaders have read about disruptive innovation, many are not prepared to put in the effort to participate in radical transformation – which should be a concern for shareholders. Bran Ferren said; “They tell their…

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The Very Real Future of Virtual Reality

While we can already enjoy some virtual reality (VR) fun with GoogleCardboard and Samsung Gear VR, there are some very serious business reasons why VR is going to be a significant part of our future. Since Facebook purchased Oculus for…

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Ray Kurzweil on the Future of IoT

Of the 147 predictions that Ray Kurzweil has made since the 1990s, 115 of them have been correct. Ray is a brilliant technologist, futurist, and a director of engineering at Google focused on AI and language processing, and in this article he shares his wildest predictions. He echoes…

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Creating Your Digital Revenue Channels

The great advantage that the digital economy offers independent consultants and entrepreneurs is the opportunity to complete with established firms by leveraging the very affordable power of digital technology. We’ve all heard the high profile success stories of Uber and others, but beneath those is a layer of tens of…

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How To Design Your Company’s Digital Transformation

In its simplest form, Design Thinking is a process of creating new and innovative ideas and solving problems, and has been used across thousands of organisations. Read design thinking comes of age. Some say that while Business is already incorporating design thinking, technology needs to do the same,…

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Managing Digital Transformation Seminar

From 25 to 27 February 2016 in Basel Switzerland, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) will run a 3-day seminar on “Managing Digital Transformation”. The core elements of the seminar will cover: Evolution, opportunities and challenges of a digital world Thinking in and modelling of systems Identifying…

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