Jan 15, 2021

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The Best of This Week

By The MIT SMR Editors.
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  • Drawing on two years of research, this article looks at how to best address the shift to managing all types of workers through the lens of workforce ecosystems — which can enable managers to deal more effectively with these changes .
  • Businesses can support democracy in three key ways: speaking out, acting collectively, and addressing the roots of the problem .
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The Future of Work Is Through Workforce Ecosystems

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  • Effectively managing a workforce comprising internal and external players in a way that is both aligned with an organization’s strategic goals and consistent with its values is now a critical business necessity.
  • However, legacy management practices remain organized around an increasingly outdated employee-focused view of the workforce — that it consists of a group of hired employees performing work along linear career paths to create value for their organization.
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The Unconventional Innovator Who Created Wikipedia

By Cyril Bouquet, Jean-Louis Barsoux, and Michael Wade. Cyril Bouquet, Jean-Louis Barsoux, and Michael Wade are professors at IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland, and coauthors of ALIEN Thinking: The Unconventional Path to Breakthrough Ideas, slated for publication in March 2021.
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  • As Wales and Sanger sought ways to make it easier for people to contribute to Nupedia, they came across a potential solution: a new technology called a wiki used by software developers for radical collaboration.
  • To come up with original ideas, you must pay attention in new ways, which means focusing closely on a certain context or population to understand its dynamics and latent needs.
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How Machine Discovery Can Accelerate Solutions to Society’s Big Problems

By Mark Purdy and Max Klymenko. Mark Purdy (@mjpurdyecon) is an independent economics and technology adviser. Max Klymenko (@maxoklymenko) is a technology and economics researcher.
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  • New technologies such as machine learning, robotics, digital twins, and supercomputing can dramatically improve the odds of successful discovery — through faster and more efficient selection of the most promising new ideas and accelerated testing to get these ideas into development sooner.
  • Becker sees the bigger picture, too: “These technologies can help address some of the world’s biggest problems, for example by speeding up the search for cleaner, greener materials or finding new health treatments.”
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