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‘Digital Transformation’ Is a Misnomer

Gerald C. Kane, MIT Sloan Management Review, August 7, 2017

Digital transformation is not about technology. A key misconception about digital transformation is that it is something that companies choose to do with technology or is primarily about their implementation and use of technology. It isn't. Instead, digital transformation is about how technology changes the conditions under which business is done, in ways that change the expectations of customers, partners, and employees. [ more]

The Neuroscience of Strategic Leadership

Jeffrey Schwartz, Josie Thomson, and Art Kleiner, Strategy+Business, Summer 2017

Neuroscientists and psychologists are beginning to learn what happens at moments of choice inside the human mind and the brain. If you understand these dynamics and how they affect you and those around you, you can set a course toward more effective patterns of thinking and action. You can replicate those beneficial patterns, at a larger scale, in your organization. Over time, this practice can help you take on a quality of strategic leadership: inspiring others, helping organizations transcend their limits, and navigating enterprises toward lofty, beneficial goals. [ more]

How AI Is Already Changing Business

Sarah Green Carmichael, Harvard Business Review's HBR IdeaCast, July 20, 2017

Erik Brynjolfsson, MIT Sloan School professor, explains how rapid advances in machine learning are presenting new opportunities for businesses. He breaks down how the technology works and what it can and can't do (yet). He also discusses the potential impact of AI on the economy, how workforces will interact with it in the future, and suggests managers start experimenting now. [ more]

Four Management Lessons From Self-Driving Cars

Sam Ransbotham, MITSloan Management Review, May 22, 2017

Though much attention has been centered on self-driving cars, business is missing the key lessons about AI that the evolution of the automobile has to offer. [ more]

Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'The US will lose its leadership in technology if this doesn't change'

Kif Leswing, Business Insider, April 7, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook believes that the gender imbalance at tech companies could hurt the American tech industry if more women don't enter science and engineering fields. Cook discussed diversity, the issues facing gay people, and engineering education in an exclusive interview with the Auburn Plainsman's Corey Williams published on Thursday. [ more]

Facebook and Google Step Up Efforts to Combat Fake News

Sam Schechner, The Wall Street Journal, February 6, 2017

Lambasted for doing too little to curb fake news during the U.S. presidential race last year, American tech firms are taking a different tack in Europe. With European countries heading into pivotal election campaigns in coming months, Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google are rolling out initiatives and tools aimed at slowing the spread of online misinformation by flagging false or hoax news articles for readers. [ more]

Yahoo Faces SEC Probe Over Data Breaches

Aruna Viswanatha and Robert McMillan, The Wall Street Journal, January 23, 2017

U.S. authorities are investigating whether Yahoo Inc.'s two massive data breaches should have been reported sooner to investors, according to people familiar with the matter, in what could prove to be a major test in defining when a company is required to disclose a hack. [ more]

Podcast Breaking Banks: Why bankers aren’t quite ready for Amazon Alexa

Sam Maule, American Banker, January 22, 2017

Guest host Sam Maule chats with American Banker reporter Lalita Clozel, Sam Hodges, managing director of Funding Circle, and Normand Lepine, senior practice lead at NTT DATA, about U.S. regulators' approach to fintech companies and trends in smart home devices; interviews Brian Roemmele, founder of, about the growth of virtual assistants and the security and compliance issues raised by far-field versions like Amazon Alexa; and interviews Brian Solis, principal analyst at Altimeter Group, about digital marketing.. [ more]

China’s Cybersecurity Efforts Could Pose New Challenge for Foreign Firms

Paul Mozur, The New York Times, December 27, 2016

It has been a tough year in China for America's technology companies. Uber sold off its operations there. Beijing ordered some of Apple's services shuttered. And Microsoft faced a new inquiry. Now, in the final days of 2016, China's internet regulator suggested the coming year may be even trickier. A report by the regulator on Tuesday suggested it would formalize a cybersecurity review system on tech products in the country. That could mean another problematic step for foreign tech firms in what has already become a tough market. [ more]

How CNN is ‘future-proofing’ itself

David Uberti, Columbia Journalism Review, October 13, 2016

On Wednesday, CNN launched a mobile app to curate a more personalized feed of business news. Last week, it hired away a crack team of BuzzFeed reporters who've frequently broken stories this campaign through archival research of historical interviews and video clips. Both developments—the creation of a digital product and addition of digital talent—point to a broader change that has come into clearer focus over the past year: It's not your father's CNN. [ more]

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