Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris: 10/15/12

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Nassetta Dave Logan David Smith Fortune Harvard Business Review HBR Hilton Worldwide How Women Lead: The 8 Essential Strategies Successful Women Know Jan Rivkin Josh Linkner Laura Henderson Management Tip of the Day Maria K. Here are some recent posts that may be of interest to you: REVIEWS How Women Lead: The 8 Essential Strategies Successful Women Know Sharon Hadary and Laura Henderson INTERVIEWS Maria K.

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The Art of Science

Mills Scofield

I have this thing about Blue Lobsters, seeing them in Maine and as a metaphor for innovation in that this rare phenotype results from serendipity and random collisions of genes. Art Blue Lobster Brown University Coelacanth Haeckel Innovation Project Gombessa RCUS STEAM STEM Science I met Nick Mayer when ordering a gorgeous Blue Lobster print of his.

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The Dell Deal Explained: What a Successful Turnaround Looks Like

Harvard Business Review

How Dell went from dorm room startup in 1984, to the world''s largest PC maker in 2005, and then saw its stock plummet precipitously the next year, is the subject of a lengthy Harvard Business School case study by HBS professor Jan Rivkin. Their aim was to determine if the companies in question became more or less innovative following the buyout. There are two basic patterns to a successful turnaround, Rivkin told me in a recent interview.

The 4 Types of Small Businesses, and Why Each One Matters

Harvard Business Review

As Harvard Business School’s Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin have noted, strong supply chains bring “low logistical costs, rapid problem solving and easier joint innovation.” Setting up an innovation ecosystem around a university or an emerging technology helps potential high-growth entrepreneurs, while downtown revitalization can help local businesses from the Main Street category. (In America loves small businesses.

How Companies Can Help Rebuild America’s Common Resources

Harvard Business Review

But these trends also had more negative consequences, as Jan Rivkin and Michael Porter have argued in their work as co-chairs of Harvard Business School’s U.S. We see business as an important force in addressing parts of the commons that drive the economy, particularly in areas such as workforce skills, infrastructure, supplier networks, and ecosystems of entrepreneurship and innovation. Every company benefits from an educated populace. Every company needs skilled labor.

Can the U.S. Become a Base for Serving the Global Economy?

Harvard Business Review

The evidence indicates that the United States is losing its ability to attract and expand the operations of multinationals and their significant contributions to productivity growth, innovation, and high-wage employment. These concerns can be heard in many places: the sobering survey by Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin in HBR's special March issue on U.S.