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WEB EXPLORING - October 2020



Are CEOs the Wrong Leaders for Stakeholder Capitalism?

Authors: James Heskett
HBS Working Knowledge, October 1, 2020

A year after 181 CEOs pledged their companies to better serve social goals, critics find they have failed to do so during the pandemic.

Expanding AI’s Impact with Organizational Learning

Authors: Sam Ransbotham, Shervin Khodabandeh, David Kiron, François Candelon, Michael Chu, Burt LaFountain
MITSloan Management Review, October 19, 2020

“New research shows that your organization’s odds of reporting financial benefits with AI increase to 73% when your company embraces seven learning activities. In our fourth year of researching AI with Boston Consulting Group, we find that companies that succeed with AI don’t just use AI — they learn with AI

Responding to crises with speed and agility

Authors: Bernadine J. Dykes, Margaret Hughes-Morgan, Kalin D. Kolev, and Walter J. Ferrier
MITSloan Management Review, October 15, 2020

“When faced with a crisis, companies should dial up two interdependent drivers — speed and agility — to seize opportunities.”

Capitalism is in crisis. To save it we need rethink economic growth

Authors: David Rotman
MIT Technology Review, October 14, 2020

“The failure of capitalism to solve our biggest problems is prompting many to question one of its basic precepts.”

Trolling for the Truth on Social Media

Authors: Joan Donovan
Scientific American, October 12, 2020

“What 1990s Internet protest movements share with today’s disinformation campaigns”

A new business paradigm to address climate change

Authors: Michael Raynor, Derek Pankratz
Deloitte Insight, October 16 2020

“As climate events threaten both business conditions and society in general, stakeholders are beginning to demand that companies act as responsible stewards of the earth. Which orthodoxies do leaders need to rethink right now?”

Post-COVID Capitalism

Authors: Klaus Schwab
Project syndacate, October 12, 2020

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on social, economic, and environmental risks that have been building for the past half-century of neoliberalism. Even amid the deep uncertainties of today’s global situation, one thing is clear: it is time to start questioning old assumptions and developing a new paradigm.”

Time Confetti and the Broken Promise of Leisure

Authors: Ashley Whillans
Behavioral Scientist, October 7 2020

“t’s true: we have more time for leisure than we did fifty years ago. But leisure has never been less relaxing, mostly because of the disintermediating effects of our screens.”

A pratical guide to building ethical AI

Authors: Reid Blackman
Harvard Business Review, October 15, 2020

“Companies are leveraging data and artificial intelligence to create scalable solutions — but they’re also scaling their reputational, regulatory, and legal risks. For instance, Los Angeles is suing IBM for allegedly misappropriating data it collected with its ubiquitous weather app.”

What are the biggest risks for business? New data shows climate concerns are rising

Authors: Emilio Granados Franco
World Economic Forum, October 8, 2020

“An overly simplistic view of global economics has fuelled climate denial and skepticism for decades. Some opponents of climate change mitigation policies argue that achieving any progress would require an impossible retrofitting of our economy and result in lower profits and fewer jobs. In reality, in many ways, climate action will help businesses be more resilient in tomorrow’s economy.”

Empathy. The glue we need to fix a fractured world

Authors: Amy Emmert
Strategy+Business, October 20, 2020

“Stanford psychologist Jamil Zaki explains that whether we are dealing with business, politics, or personal matters, it’s possible — and advantageous — to train ourselves to be more empathic.”

Tech debt: Reclaiming tech equity

Authors: Vishal Dalal, Krish Krishnakanthan, Björn Münstermann, and Rob Patenge
McKinsey Digital, October 6, 2020

“Almost every business has some degree of tech debt; the trick is knowing how to identify, value, and manage it. ”

The Difference Between Data Science and Statistics

Authors: Matt Przybyla
Towards Data Science, October 8, 2020

“Most likely in the early 2000s, the title of Data Scientist was not thrown around in any industry, but it quickly became the hot-button phrase that has exploded in career trends of recent years. Was this really the first time we have seen a job like this? The answer is no, we have seen a very similar career present well before the emergence of Data Science. We have seen this career currently, too — that being the role of Statistician.”

The “Knowledge -creating” product organization

Authors: Steven Diffey
Product Coalition, October 15, 2020

“The most significant contributing factor in product management is knowledge. Knowledge from within ourselves, colleagues, users and our communities of practice is the most valuable asset a product organisation has.”

Our Work-from-Anywhere Future

Authors: Prithwiraj (Raj) Choudhury
HBR Magazine, Nov Dec issue, 2020

“Before 2020 a movement was brewing within knowledge-work organizations. Personal technology and digital connectivity had advanced so far and so fast that people had begun to ask, “Do we really need to be together, in an office, to do our work?” We got our answer during the pandemic lockdowns. We learned that a great many of us don’t in fact need to be colocated with colleagues on-site to do our jobs. Individuals, teams, entire workforces, can perform well while being entirely distributed—and they have. So now we face new questions: Are all-remote or majority-remote organizations the future of knowledge work? Is work from anywhere (WFA) here to stay?”



WEB EXPLORING - September 2020



You’re right! You are working longer and attending more meetings

Authors: Danielle Kost
HBS Working Knowledge, 14 September, 2020

A study of 3 million people confirms what many work-from-home employees already know: We’re swamped. Research by Raffaella Sadun, Jeffrey Polzer, and colleagues.

Updating the Balanced Scorecard for Triple Bottom Line Strategies

Authors: Robert S. Kaplan. David McMillan
HBS Working Knowledge, 20 September, 2020

Society increasingly expects businesses to help solve problems of environmental degradation, inequality, and poverty. This paper explains how the Balanced Scorecard and Strategy Map should be modified to reflect businesses’ expanded role for society.

Evaluating New Technology? You’re More Biased Than You May Realize

Authors: Kimberly D. Elsbach, Ileana Stigliani
MITSloan Management Review, September 23, 2020

“In the same way that leaders may harbor an implicit bias about characteristics of groups of people, they may also harbor implicit biases about new technology — including new technology they might be considering investing in to improve productivity or competitiveness. ”

Getting Serious about Data and Data Science

Authors: Thomas C. Redman and Thomas H. Davenport
MITSloan Management Review, September 28, 2020

“To implement successful data programs, companies need to shift goals, muster resources, and align people”

Cooperative Advantage. Rethinking th Company’s Purpose

Authors: Leon C. Prieto, Simone T.A. Phipps
MITSloan Management Review, September 15, 2020

“Pursuing a people-centered cooperative advantage can garner meaningful benefits for employees, customers, and community.”

The Future of Behavioral Insights Demands Human-Centered Design

Authors: Michael Hallsworth, Elspeth Kirkman
Behavioral Scientist, September 14 2020

“Ten years after the term was coined, the field of behavioral insights is at a pivotal point. Its first decade saw the approach attract significant resources, generate attention globally, and expand rapidly into a dynamic ecosystem. But a clear-eyed look around shows that governments mainly still rely on economists for their core policy decisions; every day, people experience services that are far from easy, attractive, social, or timely; and experimentation often feeds into marginal decisions only.”

Avoiding a Climate Lockdown

Authors: Mariana Mazzucato
Project syndacate, September 22, 2020

“The world is approaching a tipping point on climate change, when protecting the future of civilization will require dramatic interventions. Avoiding this scenario will require a green economic transformation – and thus a radical overhaul of corporate governance, finance, policy, and energy systems.”

Evolving Partner Roles in Industry 4.0

Authors: Gregory P. Shea
Deloitte, September 3, 2020

A partner ecosystem can generate customer-ready solutions and accelerate time to market

AI Should Change What You Do – Not Just How You Do It

Authors: Mike Walsh,
Harvard Business Review, September 21, 2020

“Few leaders would dispute the fact that business today is driven by data and smart algorithms. Yet, rather than real digital transformation, many instead pursue digital incrementalism, using automation to cut costs or, worse — cut jobs. Doing so might buy you some time from impatient shareholders, but it will be short-lived unless you can face the challenge: How do you reimagine what you do for a new era of AI-powered competition? 

7 Strategies for Better Group Decision-Making

Authors: Torben Emmerling, Duncan Rooders
Harvard Business Review, September 22, 2020

“When you have a tough business problem to solve, you likely bring it to a group. After all, more minds are better than one, right? Not necessarily. Larger pools of knowledge are by no means a guarantee of better outcomes. Because of an over-reliance on hierarchy, an instinct to prevent dissent, and a desire to preserve harmony, many groups fall into groupthink.”

Enterprise agility and experience management efforts work best when they work together

Authors: Sujay Saha, Matt Egol, and Matthew Siegel
Strategy+Business, September 25, 2020

“Many companies achieve early wins with separate transformational efforts, then stall. But if combined and enhanced using “return on experience,” or ROX, measures, these two programs can unlock each other’s potential.”

How companies can transform information into insight

Authors: Anil Khurana, Roger Wery, and Amy Peirce
Strategy+Business, September 9, 2020

“Focus on six organizational elements to build a world-class data and insights capability in the post–COVID-19 world.”

Five lessons for digital transformation success

Authors: Rosalyn Page
Raconteur, September 4, 2020

“From empowering workers to upgrading tools, experts describe the five key elements of any successful digital evolution.”

Are univeversities still fit fot parpose

Authors: Virginia Matthews
Raconteur, September 7, 2020

“The pandemic forced university campuses to close and teaching to move online. But it also shone a spotlight on what many feel is an unsustainable business model…”



WEB EXPLORING - August 2020



Preparing Your Mind for Uncertain Times

Authors: Eric Weiner
The Atlantic, August 25, 2020

“This is a time of questions without answers. Will I get infected? When will there be a vaccine? Is my job secure? When will life be normal again? The experts may have guesses, or estimates, for some of these quandaries but there is no certainty, and this drives us nuts.”

Resetting the way we teach science is vital for all our futures

Authors: Marga Gual Soler, Komal Dadlani
World Economic Forum, August 13, 2020

“COVID-19 has forced more than 1 billion students and youth out of school, triggering the world’s biggest educational technology (edtech) implementation in history, almost overnight. Schools and universities are scrambling to redesign their teaching and learning to allow for students of all ages to study from home. While this raises huge practical and logistic issues for students, teachers and parents (especially women), it opens up a world of opportunities to reimagine what learning looks like in the 21st century. “

Modern Business Models Will Drive the Post Pandemic World

Authors: Lanham Napier, Jim Curry, Barry Libert, and K.D. de Vries
MITSloan Management Review, August 17, 2020

“To remain relevant and resilient, companies and leaders must strive to build business models using three key components for growth.”

The state of AI-driven transformation

Authors: Joerg Niessing
Insead Knowledge, August 10, 2020

“Over the past decade, digital transformation has been changing and re-inventing the way organisations conduct business. Essentially, it is the process of leveraging digital technology to create new or modify existing customer experiences as well as business culture and processes, to meet changing customer and market needs”

Transformational Capacity Building

Authors: April Nishimura, Roshni Sampath, Vu Le, Anbar Mahar Sheikh & Ananda Valenzuela
Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall, 2020

“Nonprofits that serve communities of color struggle to survive because of systemic racial disparities and biases. To surmount these challenges, we recommend seven approaches that have emerged from our work with these communities.”

A moral licence for AI

Authors: Peter Evans-Greenwood, Rob Hanson, Sophie Goodman, Dennis Gentilin
Deloitte, August 8, 2020

“The concept of social license to operate, where a firm openly works with the communities that will be affected by its actions to gain their trust and acceptance, offers an approach for crafting AI solutions that are acceptable to stakeholders.”

The Need for Debt for Climate Swaps

Authors: Shamshad Akhtar, Kevin P. Gallagher, Stephany Griffith-Jones, Jörg Haas, and Ulrich Volz
Project syndacate, August 17, 2020

“With developing countries facing a debt crisis that will only get worse as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is already inevitable that massive debt relief will be necessary. The only question is whether it will be designed to address the even larger climate crisis that is approaching.”

How Leaders Can Regain Trust in Untrusting Times

Authors: Gregory P. Shea
Knowledge@Wharton, August 18, 2020

“Google employees protest an attempt to silence their activism. Facebook employees stage a virtual walkout. Amazon employees protest over workplace safety, and a company vice president resigns over their firings. Employees at Target and Walmart protest as well. Print and broadcast media struggle with various policies, and prominent journalists resign at the The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times. The Washington Post reports on research findings that the COVID-19 pandemic will undermine trust in government for decades.”

Does Technology Increase the Problem of Racism and Discrimination?

Authors: Lizzette B. Pérez Arbesú,
TechTarget, August 17, 2020

“According to a publication from the MIT Technology Review, technology promotes racism. Most facial recognition algorithms discriminate against the Black population. And even certain concepts or technological terminology tend to be offensive, highlighting “white supremacy.”

Global politics from the view of the political-economy dilemma

Authors: Joshua Aizenman, Hiro Ito
VozEu.org, August 7, 2020

“The political-economy trilemma, introduced by Dani Rodrik (2000), asserts that the three policy goals of national sovereignty, democracy, and globalisation, cannot all be achieved to the full extent simultaneously. This column investigates this trilemma by developing indexes that measure the extent of attainment of the three factors during 1975-2016. It finds that there is a linear relationship between globalisation and national sovereignty (i.e. a dilemma) for industrialised countries, while all three indexes are linearly correlated (i.e. a trilemma) for developing countries.”

Sustaining Productivity in a Wirtual World

Authors: Nele Van Buggenhout, Soraya Murat, and Tom de Sousa
Strategy+Business, August 24, 2020

“Maintaining productivity levels among remote employees is an enduring challenge. Here are five ways to help people and businesses thrive in the post-pandemic world of work.”

Four questions to ask before you plan your next meeting

Authors: Elisabeth Doty
Strategy+Business, August 13, 2020

Zoom fatigue has become an office buzzword, and with good reason. Video conference calls (on Zoom, Google Meets, or various other platforms) with groups big and small, for 10 hours a day, with few breaks in between — it’s exhausting. And then there’s the video cocktail hour with friends or coworkers to cap off the day.”

Why 2020 will see the birth of the “trust economy”

Authors: Bianca Ghose
World Economic Forum, August 13, 2020

“When we look back at the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, we will see not just the human and economic loss inflicted by the virus, but an important gain – a growing global awareness of the value of trust”

Ten Innovations in the Fight against Covid-19

Authors: Rachel Jones
Raconteur, August 24, 2020

“Around the world, organisations are deploying tried-and-tested technologies and developing new ones to accelerate healthcare innovation and fight the coronavirus. From revolutionary CRISPR techniques to 3D printing of personal protective equipment, here are ten of the most exciting examples”






Scientists’ warning on affluence

Authors: Thomas Wiedmann, Manfred Lenzen, Lorenz T. Keyßer, Julia K. Steinberger
Nature, June 19, 2020

“The affluent citizens of the world are responsible for most environmental impacts and are central to any future prospect of retreating to safer environmental conditions. We summarise the evidence and present possible solution approaches.”

Global cooperation is more vital than ever. This is why

Authors: Børge Brende
World Economic Forum, July 23, 2020

“The great global misalignment is that at the very moment cooperation is more vital than ever to address urgent challenges, it is in decline”

What new normal should we create?

Authors: Morela Hernandez
MITSloan Management Review, July 22, 2020

“We currently exist within a world that is unfrozen from the constraints of routine, habits, and norms. By leveraging this moment to explore, experiment, and learn, organizations and their community stakeholders have a unique opportunity to redefine the scope of their priorities and collective actions.”

The great innovation deceleration

Authors: Carl Benedikt Frey
MITSloan Management Review, July 08, 2020

“In modern economies, the larger, more diverse, and interconnected a population is, the more ideas and wealth it is capable of generating. Large, interconnected societies allow more people to participate in innovation, which adds to collective knowledge and gives others in the society better tools and instruments to make further discoveries.”

Data Science, Quarantined

Authors: Jeffrey D. Camm, Thomas H. Davenport
MITSloan Management Review, July 15, 2020

“Companies are beginning to reboot their machine learning and analytics, which have been disrupted by the global pandemic.”

The Digital Path to Business Resilience

Authors: Karalee Close, Michael Grebe, Phillip Andersen, Varun Khurana, Marc Roman Franke, and Roelant Kalthof
Boston Consulting Group, July 06, 2020

“Resilience is top of mind for executives today, and it will prove to be a key factor for winning in the 2020s. As the world of business grows increasingly uncertain and volatile, companies that have purposefully developed capabilities to tackle ambiguity and unpredictability—in a word, resilience—are most likely to thrive.”

A Vaccine Reality Check

Authors: Sarah Zhang
The Atlantic, July 24, 2020

“So much hope is riding on a breakthrough, but a vaccine is only the beginning of the end.”

The CEO moment: Leadership for a new era

Authors: Carolyn Dewar, Scott Keller, Kevin Sneader, Kurt Strovink
McKinsey&Company, July 21, 2020

“Challenged by the global pandemic, CEOs have made four shifts in the way they lead that hold great promise for both companies and society. Will they build on this unique moment, or return to the ways of the past?”

Thriving in the era of pervasive AI Deloitte’s State of AI in the Enterprise, 3rd Edition

Authors: Beena Ammanath, David Jarvis, Susanne Hupfer
Deloitte, July 14, 2020

“As AI adoption grows, how are companies working to manage risk and stay ahead of the pack? Deloitte’s third annual survey suggests how leaders’ thinking is changing as applications become pervasive throughout the organization.”

In-Depth Guide to Machine Learning in the Enterprise

Authors: Ed Burns
TechTarget, July 22, 2020

“Enterprises are adopting machine learning technologies at rapid rates. In this machine learning guide, we break down what you need to know about this transformative technology.”

Work is something you achieve, not somewhere you go

Authors: Josh Levs
Strategy+Business, July 20, 2020

“The use of surveillance software to track remote employees’ activities reflects outdated thinking about productivity.”

Global Strategy for a De-globalising World

Authors: Benjamin Kessler
Insead Knowledge, July 22, 2020

“The world may not be as flat as it once was, but global business strategy is, if anything, a more urgent priority than before.”

7 questions companies schould ask before using a new technology

Authors: David Ullman
Machine Design, July 16, 2020

“Here’s how to use Design Technology Readiness Levels to see if a technology is mature enough to use in a new product.”

How crisis gave us an opportunity to change

Authors: Christopher Kenna
Raconteur, July 13, 2020

“Now is the time to look at our companies and ask ourselves, do we truly represent the communities we serve?”








How to Sustain Your Organization’s Culture When Everyone Is Remote

Autors: Jennifer Howard-Grenville
MITSloan Management Review, June 24, 2020

“The coronavirus pandemic’s office exodus risks diminishing company culture unless leaders take action to support it”

The Recession’s Impact on Analytics and Data Science

Autors: Jeffrey D. Camm, Melissa R. Bowers, and Thomas H. Davenport
MITSloan Management Review, June 16, 2020

“There has been a huge demand for data scientists in the past decade. Is that about to change?”

New Leadership Challenges for the Virtual World of Work

Autors: Alec Levenson and Patrick McLaughlin
MITSloan Management Review, June 04, 2020

“During the COVID-19 crisis, senior leaders must rethink key decision-making processes in order to enhance trust, transparency, and teamwork.”

COVID-19 on Campus: How Should Schools Be Redesigned?

Autors: Eric K. Clemons
Knowledge@Wharton, June 22, 2020

“Redesigning academic institutions so that they can re-open and function safely in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenging problem. Part of the value from a traditional education in an elite institution is socialization as a member of the future elites in finance, business more broadly, law, government, and industry. ”

Four Ways to Keep Teams Calm and Focused During a Crisis

Autors: Jeff McLean
Knowledge@Wharton, June 05, 2020

“Across the economy, leaders of organizations of all sizes are stepping up to guide their teams through challenging and uncertain times. As crises extend past initial shock to a prolonged period of uncertainty, leaders must consistently project calm, stability, and control when there is ambiguity all around.”

The Post-Pandemic Social Contract

Autors: Dani Rodrik and Stefanie Stantcheva
Project Syndacate, June 11, 2020

“While many recent proposals for reforming capitalism would substantially change the way our economies operate, they do not fundamentally alter the narrative about how market economies should work; nor do they represent a radical departure for economic policy. Most critically, they elide the central challenge we must address: reorganizing production.”

Remote working: why trust has never been more important

Autors: Hazel Davis
Raconteur, June 18, 2020

“As more companies are working remotely, perhaps permanently, trust in the workplace has never been so important”

New global data reveal edcation technology’s impact on learning

Autors: Jake Bryant, Felipe Child, Emma Dorn, and Stephen Hall
McKinsey&Company, June 12, 2020

“The use of technology in education has become a lifeline during the COVID-19 pandemic. As students return to the classroom, school systems must carefully consider the longer-term role of technology. ”

Coronavirus: what a second wave might look like

Autors: Adam Kleczkowski
World Economic Forum, June 04, 2020

“With the relaxation of the lockdown rules, warnings are being sounded about a possible resurgence of COVID-19 cases – a so-called second wave. The second wave of the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918-20 was particularly devastating, as was the second wave of the H1N1 epidemic in 2009-10. So what can be done to avoid a second wave of COVID-19?”

Covid-19 could accelerate the robot takeover of human jobs

Authors: Erika Hayasaki
MIT Technology Review, June 17, 2020

“Machines were supposed to take over tasks too dangerous for humans. Now humans are the danger, and robots might be the solution.”

Agility before, during and after the covid crisis

Autors: Simon Hayward
KoganPage.com, June 08, 2020

“Agile businesses tend to be more innovative, better at meeting customer needs and more productive. They are also able to adapt quickly to the ever-changing competitive conditions in our volatile and unpredictable world. And our world has never been as volatile and unpredictable as it is right now.”

The six biggest post lockdown challenges for organizations

Autors: Lee Seok Hwai
Insead Knowledge, June 17, 2020

“Businesses and other institutions will be judged on how well they adapt to the post-Covid reality.”

The death of cosmopolitanism

Autors: Rachel Donadio
The Atlantic, June 23, 2020

“The coronavirus outbreak has emboldened defenders of the nation-state, in Europe and beyond”

We need to rethink the role of wellbeing in the workplace

Autors: Debi O’Donovan
Raconteur, June 11, 2020

“Employees receiving regular quality retraining and development will be equipped to cope with increasingly dynamic and fluid jobs”







The risks – Know Them – Avoid Them

Autors: Erin Bromage
Erinbromage.com, May 6, 2020

“It seems many people are breathing some relief, and I’m not sure why. An epidemic curve has a relatively predictable upslope and once the peak is reached, the back slope can also be predicted. We have robust data from the outbreaks in China and Italy, that shows the backside of the mortality curve declines slowly, with deaths persisting for months.”

A Guide to Staying Safe as States Reopen

Autors: Joe Pinsker
The Atlantic, May 7, 2020

“Can I eat at a restaurant? Can I go shopping? Can I hug my friends again? Experts weigh in”

Why Contact Tracing Could be a Mess in America

Autors: James Temple
MIT Technology Review, May 16, 2020

“High caseloads, low testing, and American attitudes toward government authority could pose serious challenges for successful efforts to track and contain coronavirus cases.”

A flood of coronavirus apps are tracing us. Now it’s time to keep track of them

Autors: Patrick Howell O’Neill, Tate Ryan-Mosley, Bobbie Johnson
MIT Technology Review, May 7, 2020

“There’s a deluge of apps that detect your covid-19 exposure, often with little transparency. Our Covid Tracing Tracker project will document them.”

Making the Best of a Post Pandemic World

Autors: Dani Rodrik
Project Syndacate, May 12, 2020

“Insofar as the world economy was already on a fragile, unsustainable path, COVID-19 clarifies the challenges we face and the decisions we must make. The fate of the world economy hinges not on what the virus does, but on how we choose to respond.”

Why Innovation Future Isn’t (Just) Open

Autors: Neil C. Thompson, Didier Bonnet, and Yun Ye
MITSloan Management Review, May 11, 2020

“Innovating with external partners doesn’t always give companies a competitive advantage. It needs to be balanced with internal efforts.”

Our weird behavior during the pandemic is messing with AI models

Autors: Will Douglas Heaven
MIT Technology Review, May 11, 2020

“Machine-learning models trained on normal behavior are showing cracks —forcing humans to step in to set them straight.”

A third of Covid-19 patients have reported neurological symptoms

Autors: Jeremy Rossman
World Economic Forum, May 12, 2020

“Several recent studies have identified the presence of neurological symptoms in COVID-19 cases. Some of these studies are case reports where symptoms are observed in individuals.”

Covid-19 could spur automation and revers globalization – to some extent

Autors: Adnan Seric, Deborah Winkler
World Economic Forum, May 11, 2020

“The current COVID-19 pandemic has fully exposed the vulnerabilities of global value chains (GVCs) which are characterised by high interdependencies between global lead firms and suppliers located across several continents.”

Carbon taxes alone won’t stop climate change

Authors: ​Ghassane Benmir, Josselin Roman
LSE Business Review, May 19, 2020

“Monetary and macroprudential authorities must help in the push for climate change mitigation strategies, write Ghassane Benmir and Josselin Roman.”

Five behavioral science lessons for managing virtual team meetings

Autors: Rachel Jaffe, Grace Lordan
LSE Business Review, May 18, 2020

“Even when they’re working online, people still rely on team interactions to create, innovate, and assess risk, write Rachel Jaffe and Grace Lordan”

Is Your Crisis Response Defensive or Proactive?

Autors: Rachael Noyes
Insead Knowledge, May 14, 2020

“Encouraging dynamic capabilities in your organisation or team can help your business find its feet, even in perilous times.”

The Post Covid-19 World Will Be Less Global and Less Urban

Autors: Jeoffrey Garrett
Knowledge@Wharton, May 13, 2020

“The COVID-19 pandemic will reverse the trends of globalization and urbanization, increasing the distance between countries and among people. These changes will make for a safer and more resilient world, but one that is also less prosperous, stable and fulfilling.”

Is Your Technology Ready for the New Digital Reality?

Autors: Karalee Close , Michael Grebe , Marc Schuuring , Benjamin Rehberg , and Matthew Leybold
BCG, May 8, 2020

“For today’s businesses, the only thing that is certain is uncertainty. COVID-19 has cast a clear and somber spotlight on the urgent need for resilience and digital capabilities. More than ever, businesses must be able to react to sudden and dramatic changes—in their supply chains, in their customer interactions, in how and where their employees work. But many companies simply aren’t there yet.”


WEB EXPLORING - April 2020




COVID, Climate, and the Clean Economy: Gigatrends Changing the World
Andrew Winston
MITSLoan Management Review





Stop covid or save economy? We can do both

Autors: David Rotman
MIT Technology Review, April 8, 2020

“Contrary to what you’ve heard, shutting down the country is also the quickest way to get it started back up again”

Why it’s too early to start giving out “immunity passports”

Autors: Neel V. Patel
MIT Technology Review, April 9, 2020

“Coronavirus antibody testing needs to get a lot better, and so does our understanding of immunity, before people can start circulating freely”

How to manage a pandemic

Autors: James Crabtree
MIT Technology Review, April 14, 2020

“Coronavirus was a test, and many of the world’s most advanced nations have all too visibly failed. What can we do better?”

Innovation in the pandemic age

Autors: Zhu Min
Project Syndacate, April 20, 2020

“Lockdowns cannot last forever, and COVID-19 is unlikely to disappear on its own. The world must leverage its collective resources to harness the power of science, innovation, and markets to devise a more sustainable solution – namely, a cure or a vaccine.”

Three Proactive Response Strategies to COVID-19 Business Challenges

Autors: Michael Wade and Heidi Bjerkan
MITSloan Management Review, April 17, 2020

“Response strategies that match organizational infrastructure with emerging market trends offer significant opportunities.”

A Long Time Until the Economic New Normal

Autors: Alec Levenson
MITSloan Management Review, April 10, 2020

“Leaders must learn from the pandemic now to position their companies to thrive in the next crisis.”

Flattening the climate curve in the post covid world

Autors: Patrick Verkooijen
World Economic Forum, April 17, 2020

“The COVID-19 crisis sees humans act with unprecedented solidarity. Acts of kindness abound. By mid-April, it was estimated that a third of the global population was staying indoors to help stop the virus spread. The extraordinary efforts and self-sacrifice of medical services and essential workers humbles us. We have learnt that roles in society that were taken for granted – the supermarket workers and van drivers – are the ones that keep things working when the going gets tough.”

Covid-19 is increasing the divide in life chanches between rich and poor

Autors: Lee Elliot Major, Stephen Machin
LSE Business Review, April 21, 2020

“Social distancing measures during the coronavirus pandemic has given a new meaning to the problem of low social mobility. But make no mistake: the long term reverberations of the crisis will likely exacerbate the divide in life chances between the poor and privileged.”

Seven recommended reads for contextualising covid-19

Authors: ​Frank Snowden
LSE Business Review, April 19, 2020

“In the present crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic, there are a number of accessible historical works and websites that can provide background and information on the disease as it unfolds. Since the disease is so recently emergent, there are as yet no reliable books dedicated directly to the topic. There are, however, works that provide the necessary context for explaining where Covid-19 may have emerged from, how it is likely to affect our societies and the ways in which it compares with previous historical pandemics. “

A Global Covid-19 Exit Strategy

Autors: Ngaire Woods, Rajaie Batniji
Project Syndacate, April 9, 2020

“The COVID-19 pandemic poses an unprecedented threat to both public health and the global economy. Only by ditching nationalist rhetoric and policies, and embracing stronger international cooperation, can governments protect the people they claim to represent.”

Will Covid-19 remake the world?

Autors: Dani Rodrick
Project Syndacate, April 6, 2020

“No one should expect the pandemic to alter – much less reverse – tendencies that were evident before the crisis. Neoliberalism will continue its slow death, populist autocrats will become even more authoritarian, and the left will continue to struggle to devise a program that appeals to a majority of voters.”

Saving our livehoods from Covid-19: toward an economy recovery

Autors: Andres Cadena, Fernando Ferrari-Haines
McKinsey & Company, April, 2020

“We are now living through the most uncertain moment of our times. Many countries have been in lockdown since early March 2020. Even Japan, once a beacon of hope for controlling COVID-19, is now moving toward total isolation. Many political leaders realize that physical distancing might be the norm for at least several months. They wonder how—or if—they can maintain indefinite lockdowns without compromising the livelihoods of their people.”

Sensing and shaping the post Covid era

Autors: Martin Reeves, Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak, Kevin Whitaker, Mark Abraham
BCG Henderson Institute, April 3, 2020

“COVID-19 and the containment policies aimed at controlling it have changed how we work and what we consume. History shows that such changes are not always temporary—crises can fundamentally reshape our beliefs and behaviors. How then can companies prepare for a postcrisis world, rather than hunkering down and waiting for a return to the past?”



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The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2

Autors: Kristian G. Andersen, Andrew Rambaut, W. Ian Lipkin, Edward C. Holmes & Robert F. Garry
Nature Medicine, March 17, 2020

“Here we review what can be deduced about the origin of SARS-CoV-2 from comparative analysis of genomic data. We offer a perspective on the notable features of the SARS-CoV-2 genome and discuss scenarios by which they could have arisen.”

Coronavirus might last on surfaces for a lot longer than we thought

Autors: Charlotte Gee
MIT Technology Review March 24, 2020

“A study found traces on the Diamond Princess cruise ship 17 days after it emptied of passengers”

How to Clean and Disinfect Yourself, Your Home and Your Stuff

Autors: Jess Grey
Wired, March 19, 2020

“These are our in-depth best practices for keeping yourself (and just about everything else) clean and virus-free.”

Managing the flow of ideas in a pandemic

Autors: Alex Pentland
MITSloan Management Review, March 25, 2020

“Tools and tactics for maximizing effective communication and decision-making while minimizing the spread of illness”

Is the Covid-19 outbreak a black swan or the new normal?

Autors: Andrew Winston
MITSloan Management Review, March 16, 2020

“While we continue to grasp the scale of this pandemic, the new challenges we face point to more permanent changes we must make in our lives and how we do business”

Is it time to rethink globalized supply chains?

Autors: Willy Shih
MITSloan Management Review, March 19, 2020

“The COVID-19 pandemic should be a wake-up call for managers and prompt them to consider actions that will improve their resilience to future shocks.”

Covid-19: 10 steps for transferring your course online

Autors: Jaci Eisenberg, Alma Escobar
World Economic Forum, March 26, 2020

“Here are 10 steps to take into account as you convert your school, university or corporate learning course online”

Which Covid-19 drugs work best?

Autors: Antonio Regalado
MIT Technology Review March 23, 2020

“Not all is well. “The problem,” says Andrew Dunbar, “is that ‘internet of things’ is such a broad, almost meaningless term. What’s more, the whole idea of IoT has been massively oversold, more in enphasis than in inaccuracy. It’s all connected underwear and connected bathmats, and that bores people because they can’t see the application.””

Beyond coronavirus: the path to the next normal

Authors: ​Kevin Sneader, Shubham Singhal
McKinsey & Company, March, 2020

“The coronavirus is not only a health crisis of immense proportion—it’s also an imminent restructuring of the global economic order. Here’s how leaders can begin navigating to what’s next.”

The heart of resilient leadership: Responding to Covid-19

Autors: Punit Renjen
Deloitte, March 16, 2020

“Five fundamental qualities of resilient leadership distinguish successful CEOs as they guide their enterprises through the COVID-19 crisis. Learn specific steps that can help blunt the crisis’s impact—and enable your organization to emerge stronger”

The two economic stages of coronavirus

Autors: Christian Odendahl , John Springford
Centre for European Reform, March 26, 2020

“European policy-makers must offset the huge costs of containing the virus, while keeping debt sustainable in all eurozone member-states. But they also need a plan to stimulate a V-shaped recovery.”



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A framework for the utility customer od the future

Autors: Vari.
Deloitte Insights, February 19, 2020

“To maintain and grow their relationship with households, utilities will need to meet customers’ changing expectations and support their evolving role as energy consumers and, increasingly, producers. How can they leverage technology to offer elevated human experiences to their customers?”

Looping in your new sidekick

Autors: Vari.
Deloitte Insights, February 6, 2020

“Given the increasing sophistication of artificial intelligence and machine algorithms, using machines to analyze data could yield time and cost efficiencies and enhance the value of insights derived from the data.”

Mindfulness can help unlock your company’s collective intelligence

Autors: Vari
Knowledge@Wharton, February 7, 2020

“Companies increasingly are setting up agile, cross-functional teams to tackle complex problems that need to be solved through teamwork and collective intelligence. Are there ways that firms can nurture these abilities among employees? According to research by Boston Consulting Group and Awaris, a ten-week mindfulness program can lead to a measurable increase in collective intelligence. This was the conclusion of a study involving 31 teams and 196 members. Christian Greiser, Jan-Philipp Martini, Liane Stephan and Chris Tamdjidi, the co-authors of this opinion piece, led the research study. ”

Learning technology tools: measurement first

Autors: Vari
Kogan Page, February 11, 2020

“Technology continues to expand our frontiers. SpaceX launched rockets that can orbit the earth and then return to a landing pad, ready to be refueled and launched again. Submarines stay submerged for months on stealth missions, and Google is prototyping driverless cars. What an incredible time to experience new technologies!”

Are Offices Obsolete?

Autors: Benjamin Kessler
Insead Knowledge, February 18, 2020

“The COVID-19 epidemic has highlighted the vulnerabilities of the traditional physically co-located office, forcing many Asian companies to work remotely. However, a small but growing number of tech companies are intendedly going “all-remote”. They may well be harbingers of the future of work.”

To protect trust in the 4IR, we need to become experts in distrust

Autors: Vari
World Economic Forum, February 11, 2020

“The vast majority of technologies, processes, and assumptions underlying the innovations that will lead to a more prosperous future rely on the use and flow of data. More and more information must be exchanged between the various actors in ever-growing ecosystems in order for the economy to continue to function. At the same time, however, the threats caused by cyberattacks or the misuse of data are increasing – and pose a threat to entire ecosystems. Even more important than the huge economic damage, however, is the erosion of trust: the most valuable asset of modern societies and economies for the digital transformation.”

What is driving IoT apathy?

Autors: Josh Sims
Raconteur, February 18, 2020

“Not all is well. “The problem,” says Andrew Dunbar, “is that ‘internet of things’ is such a broad, almost meaningless term. What’s more, the whole idea of IoT has been massively oversold, more in enphasis than in inaccuracy. It’s all connected underwear and connected bathmats, and that bores people because they can’t see the application.””

Connected world: an evolution in connectivity beyond the 5G revolution

Authors: ​Vari
McKinsey Global Institute, February, 2020

“Connectivity is undergoing evolutionary change in most parts of the world—and, in select areas, a genuine leap into the frontier.”

Move beyond digital transformation and improve your ROI

Autors: Tom Puthiyamadam and David Clarke
Strategy+Business, February 19, 2020

“Confronting sizable skills gaps, companies have stopped waiting for higher education to meet their rapidly shifting competitive needs.”

How can organizational design improve employee experience

Autors: Virginia Matthews
Raconteur, February 18, 2020

“Creating a purpose-driven employee experience means rethinking how and why organisational structures work. In order to overcome disruption and drive real change, people leaders need to be courageous and tear up the existing human resources rulebook.”



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Deloitte – Tech Trends 2020  (Report, free download)

Autors: Vari.
Deloitte Insights, January, 2020

“Trends evolve in unexpected ways. And often, the most interesting opportunities happen at the places where they intersect. Several of this year’s trends represent fascinating combinations of macro forces and other technology advances. For instance, digital twins represents the culmination of modernized cores, advanced cognitive models, embedded sensors, and more—a recipe that is in itself a trend, even as it builds on evolving individual technologies”

The Global Risks Report 2020 (Report, free download)

Autors: Vari.
World Economic Forum, January, 2020

“The 15th edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report is published as critical risks are manifesting. The global economy is facing an increased risk of stagnation, climate change is striking harder and more rapidly than expected, and fragmented cyberspace threatens the full potential of next-generation technologies — all while citizens worldwide protest political and economic conditions and voice concerns about systems that exacerbate inequality. The challenges before us demand immediate collective action, but fractures within the global community appear to only be widening. Stakeholders need to act quickly and with purpose within an unsettled global landscape”

Four Ways Leaders Can Gain Value fom AI Advanced Analytics

Autors: Ravi Bapna
Knowledge@Wharton, January 15, 2020

“Advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning are arguably the most powerful general-purpose technologies invented since the dawn of modern computing. Extracting value from these is an imperative for business and society. It requires a deeper understanding and self-reflection among leaders of human strengths and frailties in contrast to that of modern, software-based machines and algorithms.”

New Zealand’s Wellbeing Budget Accounts for Success Based on More Than Money

Autors: Sarah Robson
Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2020

“Instead of simply pegging success to traditional economic measures, like GDP, New Zealand wants policymaking to be driven by what will make the biggest difference to the well-being of people, their communities, and the environment”

Where AI can held your business (and where it can’t)

Autors: Phanish Puranam
Insead Knowledge, January 17, 2020

“Machine learning, the latest incarnation of artificial intelligence (AI), works by detecting complex patterns in past data and using them to predict future data. Since almost all business decisions ultimately rely on predictions (about profits, employee performance, costs, regulation etc.) it would seem obvious that machine learning (ML) could be useful whenever “big” data are available to support business decisions. But that isn’t quite right.”

The benefits of personalization in the workplace

Autors: Oliver Pickup
Raconteur, January 31, 2020

“Consumers expect targeted services and offers, so why should it be any different in a working environment?”

Is your innovation process a corporate illusion?

Autors: Vip Vyas
Insead Knowledge, January 24, 2020

“The term “innovation lab” evokes images of millennials engaged in creativity, play and quick-fire collaboration. You can often recognise such a venue by its trademark features: open spaces, funky furniture, eye-catching pictograms, tables littered with gadgets, boxes of Lego and LCD panels showing futuristic videos on an endless loop. You may even spot the odd robot poised for action.”

Getting practical about the future of work

Authors: ​Bryan Hancock, Kate Lazaroff-Puck, and Scott Rutherford
McKinsey Quarterly, January, 2020

“Adapting to a digital age will require organizations—and not just employees—to equip themselves with new capabilities.”

Education, Disrupted

Autors: Michael B. Horn
Mit-Sloan Management Review,January 27, 2020

“Confronting sizable skills gaps, companies have stopped waiting for higher education to meet their rapidly shifting competitive needs.”

Optimistic, Collaborative, Persistent

Autors: Hans-Paul Bürkner , Sandeep Chugani , Mai-Britt Poulsen , and Vaishali Rastogi
Boston Consulting Group, January 8, 2020

“In the busy rush of our lives, it can be hard to stop and take stock of where we are and how we’re doing. All too often, we snatch snippets of information as we dash from one thing to another, we grab the news in bite-sized headlines, and we hastily check what’s happening through our Twitter or other social media feeds. This diet of half-truths, overblown opinion, and gossip leaves us with a sense of doom and gloom. If we are to believe what we hear, then a triple-whammy of disasters is going to send us hurtling to hell in a handcart: secular stagnation will rob us of the opportunity to grow, digital technology will make us redundant, and climate change will wipe us out.”