Every month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our resource library with five new HBR articles that we believe will be highly valued by CIOs and IT managers. Check out the selected pieces below, available to readers through the end of the month.
Blended working has changed the way we approach the challenges of diversity and equity. It’s critical for leaders to know how hybrid working plays out for various groups within their organizations. By measuring five aspects of the hybrid workplace — 1) who spends time working in the office or at home; 2) who chooses when to be in the office; 3) who is promoted; 4) how remote management tactics are used; and 5) who is engaged – talent managers can ensure that career advancements and benefits accrue fairly. Diversity experts Alexandra Samuel and Tara Robertson have a front-row seat to how organizations deal with these challenges. Read this report to learn more about supporting marginalized groups in hybrid working.
Download: Don’t Let Hybrid Working Hold Back Your DEI Efforts
At this point, most companies realize that using AI provides a competitive edge. There are three areas where AI has now gone from a “nice to have” technology to a “must have” technology. Data and analytics expert Sian Townsend knows that companies that push the boundaries of AI to refine forecasting, increase efficiency, and optimize real-time pricing or inventory control of their products scale faster and further than their competitors who are still cautiously hesitant about the wisdom of using AI. for these purposes. Find out why AI is no longer optional in this report.
Download: 3 Areas Where AI Will Boost Your Competitive Advantage
Job descriptions can be tricky. Many conventional job titles have become obsolete in certain work contexts. The modern workplace does not represent the rigid professional boundaries between colleagues and their respective responsibilities seen in job descriptions. Today’s employees often need to collaborate at all levels. And given the rapid pace of technological advancement, engaged employees are constantly learning new skills and crossing previously well-defined lines to increase productivity and quality of work. Download this report to learn how to approach a reinvention of job titles and expand descriptions to include flexibility and broader scope. Author Tyrone Smith’s academic research gives him insight into the future of work.
Download: It’s time to rethink job descriptions in the digital age
Mission statements are essential for starting a new business. It is important to define what your business does and how it does it. In this report, Michael Schlein, President and CEO of Accion, a global nonprofit microfinance and impact investing organization, explains how – and why – the organization was able to bring about major changes to its approach while remaining firmly rooted in its mission. In her case, Accion’s identity was tied to her role as a leader in her field, but when new technologies enabled her mission to be accomplished in different ways, she had to find a way to pivot – her story as a innovator in microfinance prevent him from investing in fintech? Find out how he handled this strategic change by reading this report.
Download: Make a big pivot – while staying true to your original mission
Typically, sales, marketing and finance departments have their own unique language, i.e. “customers” can mean something very different to each of these groups. These language barriers could present a problem for businesses embarking on a digital transformation, leading to an issue known as “tech debt.” As departments adopt increasingly disparate business language and integrate that language into their systems, technical debt increases. The best way to reduce technical debt and embark on a successful digital transformation is to create a common, shared language, and make sure everyone buys into it. Download this report to learn how to ensure your data speaks the same language.
Download: Effective digital transformation depends on a shared language
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CIOs have led the acceleration of digital transformation at a pace unthinkable before the pandemic. Now, IT leaders have an important role to play in rethinking the nature of work, enabling hybrid teams to thrive, and setting a new precedent for digital innovation in their organizations. This new Harvard Business Review Analytic Services study identifies four areas of focus for CIOs and IT leaders as they strive to improve the agility, resilience, and momentum of digital transformation. Whether it’s reimagining work, developing digital acumen across the enterprise, or creating more agile operating models, find out what top CIOs say they prioritize. Download this report to find out what’s needed to lead IT in the year ahead.
Download: Maintaining the Momentum of Digital Transformation