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Sustaining Employee Networks in the Virtual Workplace discusses what managers must act to keep connections positive and productive when a large-scale move to remote working diminishes organizational networks and strains relationships.
(MIT Sloan Management Review, Summer 2020)

What Problems Will You Solve With Blockchain?
discusses the need to carefully consider how ledger technologies fit into a company’s overall strategy to gain an edge over rivals. It describes problems blockchain can address and how companies can cut through the hype and create a blockchain strategy that makes sense for them.
(MIT Sloan Management Review, Fall 2018)


The 3-D Printing Playbook describes how 3D-printing is moving from a limited role to a central place in manufacturing for a growing number of industries and becoming a full-fledged competitive weapon. D’Aveni explores in this article six possible business models that have emerged. A technology that will also affect the aviation industry by changing supply chains and the way aircraft are produced and maintained.
(Harvard Business Review, July-August 2018)


Why Big Business Is Racing to Build Blockchains discusses how businesses are trying to harness it—and why they can’t afford to ignore it. Blockchain connects information in a verifiable way using complex mathematical functions. Properly applied, a blockchain can help assure data integrity, and maintain auditable records. The article provide insight what blockchain is and how it can, in the long term, revamp business, government, and even society itself. 
(Fortune Magazine, September 1, 2017)


Conquering Digital Distraction provides practical tips how to handle digital overload. Combining the two describes strategies – by a psychologist and a technologist – may be the best way to combat digital distraction. 
(Harvard Business Review, June 2015)


The 3-D Printing Revolution discusses the need of managers to be engaged now with strategic questions related to additive manufacturing. In the article D’Aveni shows how fast this technology has moved well beyond prototyping, although in terms of Internet’s history additive manufacturing “is only in 1995”. In other words hype levels are high, and no one can imagine how commerce and life will be changed in the coming decade by this great transformative technology.
(Harvard Business Review, May 2015)


Digital Ubiquity: How Connections, Sensors, and Data Are Revolutionizing Business is about digital transformation and connection that is spreading across even the most traditional industrial segments and creating a staggering array of business opportunities and threats. It discusses GE’s digital transformation to help understand how to rethink value creation and capture.
(Harvard Business Review, November 2014)


All together Now describes how convergence of social, mobile and cloud technologies – “SoMoClo” – uis changing the way companies work. Let it inspire you to think about how it can change your business or internal processes.
(CFO Magazine, July/August 2013) ) – free access


The Future of Manufacturing describes how a company called Ponoko has reinvented the factory for the 21st century. They have an innovative idea to enable small-scale and on location fabrication making use of Internet technology.
(Inc. Magazine, October 2009) – free access

Who Knows What
discusses how modern Internet phenomena like blogs, wikis and social networks can help employees find in-house experts.
(Business Insight, October 26, 2009) – free access

The End of E-Mail
discusses a new way to communicate – the wiki technology – that can drastically reduce the e-mail terror. An inspiring article explaining what a wiki is and how it can be used to improve productivity and make life easier again.
For the ignorant among us: a wiki – it’s Hawaiian for “fast” – is a piece of server software that allows users to create and update webpages easily and rapidly either through a hosted site on the Internet or on the company intranet.
(Inc. Magazine, February 2006)

Priority: Mail
discusses why E-mail now warrants an actual strategy and the attention from senior executives: vulnerability of the business during system interruptions; legal compliance requirements; virus and proprietary information control; and spam.
(CFO IT – Summer 2004 Issue)

Getting IT Right
discusses the three principles to turn IT from a costly mess into a powerful weapon: long-term IT plan linked to corporate strategy, a unifying platform and high performance IT culture. The principles are illustrated with examples from corporations like Delta Air Lines and Frito-Lay.
(Harvard Business Review, February 2004)

In Inside the Revolution: Smart Mover, Dumb Mover Gary Hamel discusses the lessons that can be learned from the e-commerce hype on being a first mover. It explains why failure does not come from being first mover, but being dump mover.
(Fortune Magazine, September 3, 2001)

In Strategy and the Internet Michael Porter discusses in clear terms the negative and positive effects of the Internet and the need to have a clear strategy with regard to Internet use. He advocates stopping making a difference between new and old economy as it is only creating confusion and leading to destruction of economic value as we have seen during the Internet’s adolescent years.
(Harvard Business Review, March 2001)


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