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g-f(2)15 10 Knowledge Lessons Learned from MIT's Fabulous SMR Knowledge Container, Fall 2020

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    1. Central lesson learned. It is the moment to reboot your strategy. The New Normal is rife with opportunity: The time to reinvent yourself, to take advantage of your moment. 
    2. Fundamental trends in The Big Picture of the Digital Age. 
      • Strategy. 
      • Leadership. 
      • Disruption. 
      • Risks.
      • Uncertainty. 
      • Cybersecurity. 
      • Knowledge Economy.
      • Organizational Culture.
      • Innovation. 
      • Change Management.
      • Platforms and Ecosystems.
      • Marketing.
      • Resilience.
      • AI.
      • Agile.
    3. An example of the lessons learned in Strategy. 
      • ALARM. Companies can no longer rely on traditional forecasting exercises to spot — and capitalize on — emerging threats and opportunities.
      • PROPOSAL. We have developed a framework that goes beyond traditional forecasting and risk-assessment exercises. It consists of four sets of activities: 
        1. First, develop a comprehensive set of processes to actively sense new insights (whether internal or external) that could affect the business, and hence identify threats or opportunities as early as possible. 
        2. Second, organize in response to those threats or opportunities; this is likely to involve reallocating resources, revamping processes, filling capability gaps, and aligning the company’s structure and governance. 
        3. Third, capture value by revising business models and restructuring relationships with other players in various ecosystems. 
        4. And fourth, renew the organizational capabilities needed to create and capture value by continuing to monitor and assess results and making small adjustments over time — while also preparing for the major disruptions that require a more comprehensive overhaul.
    4. An example of the lessons learned in Leadership. 
    5. An example of the lessons learned in Disruption. 
    6. An example of the lessons learned in Risks. 
    7. An example of the lessons learned in Knowledge Economy.
    8. An example of the lessons learned in Organizational Culture. 
      • ALARM. The coronavirus pandemic’s office exodus risks diminishing company culture unless leaders take action to support it.
      • PROPOSAL. Managers and leaders to sustain the organization’s culture in remote work. Managers and leaders with a firm sense of what their organizational culture is — a common tool kit that enables their employees to act, and the beliefs and commitments brought forward by acting in certain ways — can help their employees navigate the current environment in a way that is authentic to the organization’s history yet flexible to the realities we all face.
    9. An example of the lessons learned in Innovation. 
      • ALARM. We currently exist within a world that is unfrozen from the constraints of routine, habits, and norms. This unfreezing process has brought with it the possibility for radical change.
      • PROPOSAL. We are living in a moment rich with opportunities to fundamentally improve how we live, how we relate to society, how we interact with government, and how we do business
        • Four Top Areas Ripe for Change 
          1. Our public health system. Currently, hospitals in the U.S. are revenue-oriented businesses (even when they are tax-exempt nonprofits).
          2. Our educational system. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how intertwined economic activity is to educational structures: People cannot go back to work until their kids go back to school.
          3. Our supply chains. The lack of access to personal protective equipment and pharmaceuticals has made it abundantly clear how globally distributed our supply chains are — and that we lack control in those operational networks.
          4. Our environmental system. The COVID-19 pandemic has provided a glimpse into a possible future — one that showcases blue skies clear from smog and the reappearance of wildlife in their (restored) natural habitats.
    10. An example of the lessons learned in Resilience. 
      • ALARM. Resilience requires a long-term, dogged commitment by the executive team to cultivate an innovative organizational culture and a mature set of dynamic organizational capabilities.
      • PROPOSAL. We have developed a framework that goes beyond traditional forecasting and risk-assessment exercises. This approach is based on the principle of dynamic capabilities, which holds that companies need to continually adapt their resources to respond to rapidly changing and unpredictable environments.
        • A Framework for Strategic Resilience 
          1. Sense. Management teams can’t respond to a problem if they haven’t figured out that it exists — nor can they capitalize on new opportunities they have yet to recognize. Although most organizations have some sensing activities in place, they often lack a systematic approach to gathering and sharing critical information.  
          2. Organize. Leaders also need to build flexible structures and processes that enable the organization to innovate and embrace change. A key aspect of organizing is filling capability gaps that arise when a company enters a new market or revamps its business model. 
          3. Capture. Capturing value requires leaders to execute strategic priorities by orchestrating their company’s tangible and intangible assets — such as capital, strategic partnerships, and intellectual property — as well as making changes to business models as required.
          4. Renew. Sensing activities will inevitably call the wider status quo into question and will sometimes even require that companies overhaul their entire identity.

    Category 2: The Big Picture of The Digital Age

    [genioux fact extracted from MIT SMR]

    Authors of the genioux fact

    Fernando Machuca


    Reboot your strategy, MIT Sloan Management Review, Fall 2020, Vol 62, No 1. 

    Seize the MomentElizabeth Heichler, September 08, 2020, MIT Sloan Management Review, Fall 2020, Vol 62, No 1.

    • Elizabeth Heichler (@eheichler) is the executive editor at MIT Sloan Management Review.

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