Eastern Philosophies, Western Strategies: Strategic Intuition

A New Idea Like many good ideas, Darden Professor Jay Bourgeois’ new course, “Strategic Intuition and Eastern Philosophy,” seems obvious in retrospect. If MBAs are going to thrive in a global economy, they need to be aware not only of linear analytics and Western economics, but also aspects of Eastern philosophy, like letting go of desire and control — perhaps unexpected lessons at... CONTINUE READING

Wells Fargo and the Public’s Withdrawal of Trust

By Luann J. Lynch and Carlos Santos

In 2015, Wells Fargo ranked No. 7 on Barron’s list of most respected companies, a ranking of the 100 largest publicly traded companies on Standard & Poor’s index. In the 2017 ranking, out last week, it came in dead last. How did the company lose professional respect, the trust of the public, and its reputation for sterling service, honest dealings and pride in its products? Ethical... CONTINUE READING

Give It a Rest, Part 2: Productivity Lessons From Olympians and Google

By Manel Baucells and Jenny M. Abel

The proceeding follows Give It a Rest, Part 1: How to Reduce Fatigue and Raise Productivity, which details the problems stemming from overwork and the researchers’ model in more detail. Recap There’s no shortage of documentation on the problem of overwork. There are also no shortages of linkages between overwork and both workplace and personal problems. But on-the-job pressure to... CONTINUE READING

How to Use Collaborative Creativity to Solve Problems and Innovate

By Randy Salzman ,

In these uncertain economic, social and political times, wicked problems — complicated issues with multiple dependent components — have led a growing number of organizations to use collaborative creativity. Human-centered design is more and more seen as an insightful approach in organizations’ problem-solving toolkits. In Designing for Growth and Solving Problems With Design Thinking: 10... CONTINUE READING

Give It a Rest, Part 1: How to Reduce Fatigue and Raise Productivity

By Manel Baucells and Jenny M. Abel

Time to Get Some Rest Rest. It’s perhaps one of the most undervalued, necessary components of human life — especially today, in our 24/7 economy. And by all appearances, resting seems unproductive. But it turns out that resting may be one of the most productive things we do in any given day. Whether you work from home or at an office, new research by Darden Professor Manel Baucells and... CONTINUE READING

Optimizing Innovation in the Age of Digital Technologies: Put People Before Machines

How are digital technologies changing the business landscape? Are new business models disrupting our industry? How can we innovate faster and better? These are questions with which business leaders have wrestled since the world has gone digital. And rightly so. Tech disruption puts many companies in danger of extinction. A study from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University... CONTINUE READING