Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we update our resource library with five new HBR articles that we think CIOs and IT managers will greatly appreciate. Check out the selected coins below, available to readers until the end of the month.
Embracing advances in digital technology does not mean digitally transforming your business. Without a full assessment of what digital technologies can offer, it is difficult to fully grasp the value of digital transformation. As a result, many companies make ad hoc business decisions regarding the use of digital technologies and end up struggling to be competitive despite substantial investments. Download this article from Mohan Subramaniam to explore four distinct levels of digital transformation, each of which serves different strategic goals and enables companies to maximize the value they derive from digital technologies.
Download: “The 4 levels of digital transformation”
What is one of the most important things to consider before jumping into a new role? The culture of the workplace. Whether you are entering the workforce for the first time or starting a new career or position, be sure to familiarize yourself with the corporate culture before you start. How does the organization collaborate, communicate and interact? Is the work environment inclusive, flexible and innovative? These are the questions you need to keep in mind during the interview process to determine if the crop is right for you. A good measure is how the business has evolved since the pandemic. How did they deal with the shift to hybrid work? And how did they recover from massive disruptions in general? Read this report to determine the best questions to ask to find out what corporate culture looks like. Once the interview process is complete and you plan to say “yes” to a new job, you want to be confident about your next move.
Download: “Before saying ‘yes’ to a job, think about the corporate culture”
The pandemic has forced companies to quickly adopt virtual workplace technologies – and this new standard has its benefits. Employees were pleased with the flexibility offered in when, where and how they worked. Executives have had the opportunity to reshape what the hybrid model looks like now that they have seen what is possible. Find out how to make this transition successful by designing hybrid working arrangements that take into account human concerns, according to Professor Lynda Gratton.
Download: “How to make the hybrid correctly”
In recent times, markets have been inundated with radical and attractive new business models, and the same companies that have dominated markets for decades have been shaken. But some of these people are able to attract millions of clients and raise huge amounts of capital initially, only to fail to fend off imitators. What is missing is a holistic strategic approach. Strategy is more than where you position yourself competitively; it requires making carefully coordinated choices about what opportunities to seize to create long-term value. Entrepreneurs can be blinded by what looks like a golden opportunity without thinking about how to monetize and capture value. David J. Collis, Assistant Professor at Harvard Business School, shares the full strategic landscape for discovering how to create value over time.
Download: “Why so many strategies fail”
Successful agile projects are built from solid, reliable data. But getting that data can be a struggle sometimes – sifting through a ton of unusable information to find the gems. Honeywell and its Senior Analytics Director Agnel D’Cruz aim to address this issue. Together with Associate Professor of Analysis and Information Systems Stephan Kudyba, they answer the question: “How can project managers build useful dashboards to help companies make decisions?” Download this report to learn about some design principles that can help project managers achieve their goals.
Download: “Build a better dashboard for your agile project”
The next normal has arrived, and CIOs play a central and critical role in whether organizations thrive in this reality. This Harvard Business Review Analytic Services research identifies four focus areas for CIOs and IT organizations, based on interviews with CIOs and CTOs from Abbott, Adobe, Equifax, Johnson & Johnson, Qualcomm, Raytheon, Toyota Financial Services and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. , and other technical frameworks. Download this report to discover the 10 new leadership rules adopted by these executives.
Download: “IT leadership in the next normal”