A Survey of 3,000 Executives Reveals How Businesses Succeed with AI

Harvard Business

Through a study of AI that included a survey of 3,073 executives and 160 case studies across 14 sectors and 10 countries, and through a separate digital research program , we have identified 10 key insights CEOs need to know to embark on a successful AI journey. Total investment (internal and external) in AI reached somewhere in the range of $26 billion to $39 billion in 2016, with external investment tripling since 2013. There’s still time to make AI a competitive advantage.

Strategy and The Uncertainty Excuse

Harvard Business Review

When I ask business executives about their company's strategy — or about an apparent lack thereof — they often respond that they can't or won't do strategy because their operating environment is changing so much. They may be strategizing their way to first mover advantages and positions that leave few if any attractive options in the market.

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Strategic Choices Need to Be Made Simultaneously, Not Sequentially

Harvard Business

The company was an eager user of my “cascading choices” framework for strategy that I have used for decades and written about extensively, most prominently in the 2013 book I wrote, with friend and colleague A.G. Many people ask me why Capabilities and Management Systems are part of strategy when they are really elements of execution. It turned out that Uber’s How to Win had a lot to do with building a first-mover advantage in markets like the U.S.;

What Investors Need to Know About Zimbabwe After Mugabe

Harvard Business

In this environment, multinationals that are willing to accept some risk and invest in the country could benefit from first-mover advantages – but only if the new administration follows through with much-needed economic reforms. After Mugabe claimed victory in a disputed election in 2013, however, corruption increased , while the strengthening U.S. Mnangagwa’s first actions in office underscore how important he views economic recovery.