The New World of Beta Curation

Strategy Driven

The other, smaller and rarer, is decentralized, horizontal, and inclusive. Copyright © 2013 by Dana Ardi and reprinted by permission of St. Today’s American corporate world is a tale of two cultures. One, more traditional and common, is centralized and hierarchical. I call it Alpha.

Future Leadership

Marshall Goldsmith

Issues such as globalization, decentralization, and the rapid pace of today’s marketplace have forced companies to evaluate the way they operate. The need for executive education is apparent. Key questions include: how can we learn from today’s best practitioners to understand the trends and challenges that will become the norm in the future? Are there “best” ways to develop current and future leaders? How will we pick our leaders?

Culture Counts

Leading Blog

Corporate America has had no shortage of heroes: Kellogg, Hewlett, Disney, Packard, Kroc, Watson, Ash and Iacocca. These leaders come to mind as examples of lions that have emblazoned their names as corporate giants.

Solving the Internet's Congestion Problem

Harvard Business Review

Distributed systems decentralize information. An open, neutral internet has been a force for sweeping social change: democratizing information, commerce, and access to jobs, triggering GDP growth and a rising standard of living.

How Drucker Thought About Complexity

Harvard Business Review

The need to decentralize organizations around employees — viewing them as assets capable of expanding growth rather than as fixed costs to be eliminated — and to move away from standardized and tightly-specified process flows.

Redefining the Patient Experience with Collaborative Care

Harvard Business Review

By 2013, all eight medical-surgical units in the two hospitals had been converted to the collaborative-care model. It’s a common patient complaint about the people involved in their care: “Sometimes the left hand doesn’t seem to know what the right hand is doing.

Making Management as Simple as Frisbee

Harvard Business Review

Recognizing that the new conditions called for more reliance on "mission command" than "detailed command," it learned that officers should default to more decentralization, spontaneity, informality, loose rein. Complexity is not a new condition.

Why We're Relocating Our HQ to Dubai for One Month

Harvard Business Review

In a "flat" world, we no longer think about being centralized or decentralized. To change the global mindset of any company, you have to brave the world beyond the boardroom.

To Become More Adaptable, Take a Lesson from Biology

Harvard Business Review

Decentralization. Remember when Apple's stock traded at $7 a share? I do, because that's when I sold my shares. Tech experts' sage predictions had convinced me that the Mac would never make a dent in the PC market.

Is Your Organization Ready for Total Digitization?

Harvard Business Review

These enterprises have decentralized management and diversified businesses.

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How Jeff Bezos Makes Decisions

Harvard Business Review

Amazon is fairly decentralized, and some of these executives run their own businesses and make their own decisions. Over the last 19 years, Amazon.com has revolutionized the way we shop—and for much of that time, journalist Brad Stone has been watching closely.

Global NGOs Spend More on Accounting Than Multinationals

Harvard Business Review

Decentralized, program-focused operations also squander precious dollars. Benchmark data isn''t sexy stuff, but occasionally the numbers reveal surprising findings.

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High Speed Rail Versus Austerity

Harvard Business Review

But these decentralized households can easily travel to the major cities for unique shopping and restaurant options. Philadelphia is 101 miles from Manhattan, and the current travel time between the two cities is about 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Making #GivingTuesday a Movement

Harvard Business Review

Everyone connected with #GivingTuesday is happy to see excitement growing as our next big day –December 3, 2013 – grows near. It is decentralized and therefore adaptable to existing or new efforts. The second #GivingTuesday will happen on December 3, 2013. Most of the traditions we associate with the holiday season – stuffing turkeys, decorating trees, burning candles – are rituals that have taken hold over decades if not centuries.

Solving the Internet's Congestion Problem

Harvard Business Review

Distributed systems decentralize information. An open, neutral internet has been a force for sweeping social change: democratizing information, commerce, and access to jobs, triggering GDP growth and a rising standard of living.

Imagine a Future Where Africa Leapfrogs Developed Economies

Harvard Business Review

This change then produces a flexible, decentralized, 3-D printing black market where goods are capable of being produced quickly, outside the control of large companies, and using resources near at hand. Dreaming about the future creates dissonance. On one hand, we like to imagine a future utopia: the world is at peace, the moon is colonized, cats and dogs get along, and we all travel to work via hover cars or teleportation.

Megastores Want to Be Like Mom-and-Pop Shops… Sort Of

Harvard Business Review

Decentralizing the procurement model and process is another key step, from establishing and enforcing quality standards across a distributed workforce to adjusting accounting and logistics systems to work with smaller suppliers. You’d be forgiven for wondering if you’re in the right place the next time you walk into a Whole Foods and see hand-written signs, locally-sourced food, and posters promoting a community fundraiser.

Managing Complexity Is the Epic Battle Between Emergence and Entropy

Harvard Business Review

Much of the advice out there is about simplifying things – delayering, decentralizing, streamlining product lines, creating stronger processes for ensuring alignment, and so on. The business news continues to be full of stories of large companies getting into trouble in part because of their complexity. JP Morgan has been getting most of the headlines, but other banks are also investigation. And many companies from other sectors, from Siemens to GSK to Sony, are under fire.

One Microsoft. Four Ways to Integrate Fiefdoms.

Harvard Business Review

Because digitization has passed power to the consumer, pressing companies to pull together their old decentralized profit and loss fiefdoms to produce experiences consumers find compelling. One Ford. One Apple. Now one Microsoft. Last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled a restructuring designed to unite the organization behind a single strategy and create high-value experiences for their customers. Many more organizational structure changes are likely to come.

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Give Your Customers the "True Value Test"

Harvard Business Review

You''ll often find this top-down problem in decentralized matrix organizations where business unit heads have different and sometimes competing agendas. Business leaders often express frustration with what they see as a disconnect between their company''s perceived value and its true value — a disconnect that''s impeding growth.

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Think Carefully About Where You Put the Office Bathroom

Harvard Business Review

Lampert counters: "Decentralized systems and structures work better than centralized ones because they produce better information over time." Working From My Bean Bag Chair Treadmill Desk. That''s what everyone''s favorite late CEO did when he designed Pixar''s offices in 1986. Instead of putting the bathrooms (and café and mailboxes and gift shop) off to the side, Steve Jobs placed them in an atrium at the center of the workspace.

Take Command -- How To Be A First Responder In Business (Interview With Author Jake Wood)

Eric Jacobson

Operation: Starting Gun in Moore, OK, Summer 2013 Photo By: Kirk Jackson, Team Rubicon 1. Weak leaders and unhealthy organizations fear decentralized power and intellectually empowered small-unit leaders because they''re difficult to "control."

Why Adding More Products Isn’t Always the Best Way to Grow

Harvard Business Review

Back in 2013, PayPal had acquired the parent company of Venmo, the mobile app that enables people to transfer money even without bank accounts. Meanwhile the merchant group developed Working Capital, an in-house experiment in small-business lending that PayPal had also started in 2013.

One Reason Mergers Fail: The Two Cultures Aren’t Compatible

Harvard Business Review

” Such decentralization and lack of structure, however, might have ultimately contributed to company-wide inefficiencies that drove up prices. Yongyuan Dai/Getty Images. Amazon’s 2017 acquisition of Whole Foods was met with a lot of fanfare.

Why Bitcoin Entrepreneurs Are Begging for More Regulation

Harvard Business Review

In March of 2013, the department of the U.S. Treasury tasked with combating money laundering issued guidance on Bitcoin, defining it as a “decentralized” class of “virtual currency” that, though not equivalent to legal tender, “acts as a substitute for real money”. The IRS took a stand yesterday on Bitcoin, declaring that it would treat the digital currency as property, not currency, for tax purposes.

New MBAs Should Start Their Careers in Frontier Markets

Harvard Business Review

They reflect a decentralized, de-institutionalized commercial structure that’s now clearly part of the US economy (think of food trucks or Uber). Since 2013, BizCorps has placed top MBAs in Columbia and Kenya. “Where are the stores?”

Hire by Auditions, Not Resumes

Harvard Business Review

To us, this arrangement makes sense — we work in open source software, which is a decentralized product. This post is adapted from a talk by the author at the December 2013 Lean Startup Conference. . Automattic employs 225 people.

Sears Has Come Back from the Brink Before

Harvard Business Review

The interests of employees and stockholders had become one, in much the same way Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones found it working at John Lewis today, in their 2013 article “ Creating the Best Workplace on Earth.”. It’s not been a great year for venerable retailer Sears, which is reputed to be closing 130 retail stores and laying off more than 5,000 employees.

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The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of the U.S. Antitrust Movement

Harvard Business Review

This approach was successfully exported after the War to Europe and Japan to help decentralize economic power and promote an effective competitive process. But by 2013, these figures fell “to about one-third of firms and one-tenth of total employment.” Tim Evans for HBR. What happened to the antitrust movement ? This was the question asked by Richard Hofstadter in the mid-1960s. Antitrust, observed the historian, once was the subject of a progressive movement in the U.S.