Surviving the Digital Age: 4 Corporate Transformations

Disruption Is Coming The convergence of artificial intelligence (AI) — machine learning — increased global mobile connectivity, the Internet of Things, heightened computing power, virtual and augmented reality, and nanotechnology will produce a data tsunami that will require most organizations to transform how they do business. The magnitude of the coming disruption is mindboggling. One... CONTINUE READING

C-Suite Insights With Scott Beardsley: Infosys Founder Narayana Murthy

What is entrepreneurship all about? Converting an idea into jobs and wealth? Deferred gratification? Trust in a team and value system? In the above video, Darden Dean Scott C. Beardsley interviews renowned entrepreneur Narayana Murthy, founder and former CEO of Infosys. They discuss entrepreneurship, what needs to happen next to transform India’s economy, and the responsibility of... CONTINUE READING

Greenwashing: In the Eye of the Beholder

By Michael Lenox and Jenny M. Abel ,

“A Big Oil company announces a partnership with a tech company to pursue novel technology that could lead to low-emissions solutions that are better for the environment.” After reading the above (based on an actual event), what’s your first reaction? If you answered “skepticism,” you wouldn’t be alone. Seeing words like “environmentally friendly” in the same sentence with... CONTINUE READING

The Oracle of Omaha: High Stakes and a Big Acquisition

By Robert F. Bruner

In 2015, Berkshire Hathaway made the largest deal in its history. Under the guidance of chair and CEO Warren Buffett, the conglomerate acquired Precision Castparts Corp. (PCC) for $235 per share and PCC’s debt — a combined total of $37.2 billion. Buffett is famous for the returns his choices generate and is considered by many to be one of the most successful investors of all time. Under... CONTINUE READING

6 Strategies for Resolving — and Preventing — Workplace Conflict

By Kristin J. Behfar and Caroline Newman

One employee feels that another is not contributing enough. Another is being vague about deadlines or stalling on a report. Still others don’t feel comfortable owning up to mistakes, or don’t feel valued by their boss or teammates. These workplace conflicts don’t make headlines, but many of us encounter them every day. Over time, they can erode even the most successful... CONTINUE READING

Designing for Growth: 5 Keys to Innovation

By Jeanne M. Liedtka and Randy Salzman ,

When Jeanne and her co-author, Tim Ogilvie, published Designing for Growth: a design thinking tool kit for managers in 2011, few corporate and public leaders had heard about the qualitatively oriented problem-solving methodology called “design thinking.” At that time, those who knew anything about design often regarded it as “the last decoration station on the way to market,” as... CONTINUE READING