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E-Commerce.com Quotes Rita McGrath—E-Windows to Throw Smartphone Market Wide Open

Rita McGrath commented on the impact of E-Windows on the Smartphone industry in which the “expected boost in Windows Phone 7 OS is clearly being fueled by Nokia’s decision to phase out Symbian as it makes the shift to Windows. Symbian-powered smartphone shipments will cease by 2014, IDC predicted.” “There are other factors that will drive Windows Phone 7 OS,” said Rita Gunther McGrath, associate professor at Columbia Business School.... read more »

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Five things guaranteed to mess up your innovation process

Over at my HBR Blog, I posted some thoughts on things that companies often do that mess up their ability to innovate.  They include: Innovation is episodic; and on again off again process Resources are held hostage by the incumbent business You try to force-fit innovation into the structure that you have Too little diversity of thought; too little exposure to customers Treating assumptions as though they were facts. Click... read more »

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Digital Revolution Shakes Colleges

At a Voice of America blog Rita McGrath is quoted: “Universities have been slow to change…The basic business model of our higher education has not changed since the age of Socrates. It is some guy standing in front of a group of people talking,” said McGrath. “The advanced version is they ask questions.” To read the entire post, click here. read more »

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How to Handle Your Cranky Boss

At Metro.US, the topic is discussed and Rita McGrath is quoted: First, know what you’re dealing with. According to Rita Gunther McGrath, associate professor at Columbia Business School, there are two types of grouches: “permanent” and “situational.” For the situational types, McGrath suggests noting what occasions and issues tend to provoke negative episodes. She elaborates: “You need to understand what the person’s goals and motivations are and why they may... read more »

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The empty innovation mantra - way to GO WSJ!

I was practically standing on the bleachers and cheering (well, metaphorically, anyway) when I read today's piece in the Wall Street Journal, "You Call That Innovation?"  Innovation has fallen victim to the same thing that happened to the word "strategy" some years back – remember "strategic procurement" "strategic human resource management" and "strategic supply chain" — all meant to indicate that the various activities were important.  But strategic?  I beg... read more »

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Social Media in the experimental business model stage

I'm getting a fair amount of buzz for my post over at the HBR site entitled Social Media, the Billion Dollar question.  The basic argument I make there is that the whole social media phenomenon has some late 1990's Internet bubble characteristics that are a little disturbing from an investor/observer point of view.  It's interesting that even as Facebook falls below its offering price that the other darlings of the... read more »

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Education blog picks up Rita McGrath’s ideas for how digital technologies will shape education

May 21, 2012Barbara Figge Fox suggests that readers have a look at Rita McGrath’s perspective on how digital technologies will reshape education. The blog post is at this link. read more »

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San Francisco Chronicle Yahoo article quotes Rita McGrath

“This is a company that is desperately searching for focus and identity,” said Rita McGrath, associate professor at Columbia Business School. “Absent a CEO, it really falls to the board to provide that.” To read the entire article, click here. read more »

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How To Encourage Learning By Making “Smart Mistakes”

Gain maximum learning from each attempt. Rita Gunther McGrath and Ian MacMillan, in their classic Discovery-Driven Growth, emphasize the importance of documenting assumptions and taking steps to validate those along the way. They recommend creating experiments specifically designed to test out parts of a business plan – business model, market size, development estimates, competition, etc. To read the entire article at The99Percent.com, click here. read more »

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Will Facebook’s IPO re-ignite growth in Silicon Valley?

The Facebook IPO sure has fuelled a lot of 1990’s style animal spirits among the investing community. The huge size ($100 Billion? Really?) and enormous interest in the social networking company has contributed to the belief that Facebook’s IPO will bring about rebounding growth in Silicon Valley.  The money raised will presumably be reinvested in other start-ups and technology companies. People who benefit from owning shares in a company that... read more »

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Why just being young is not a reason to doubt Facebook

There are a lot of pundits and experts who are suggesting that Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook itself is just too young to trust.  That's just silly – there are a lot of ways to bring wisdom and experience into an organization without everybody having to have grey in their temples. For one thing, there is some interesting research in the works of creative artists that led to an idea called... read more »

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Why advertisements need to get a whole lot better before they will support social media

I was recently asked by a reporter what I thought the chances were for Facebook, and other social sites, to monetize their assets through advertising. Here's what I said: The real issue for anyone trying to make money from advertising is whether the ads are regarded as generally positive or as an intrusive – even creepy – nuisance.  Ads for offers someone genuinely might be interested in, that are funny... read more »

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Bing, Social Search and the beginning of the App Economy

All your contacts, all in one place The integration of ‘social’ searching with Microsoft’s Bing Search engine is just the beginning of a new model of applications, in which applications talk to other applications, rather than operating in standalone mode.  Although the ostensible competitor in so-called social search is Google, this is just the beginning of a much more complex and nuanced game, in which Apple is far more likely... read more »

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In case you missed it, Rita McGrath’s interview about Mark Zuckerberg

I had a great conversation (twice!) with New York Times Business Editor David Gillen about Mark Zuckerberg's preparation to become CEO of a publicly traded company.    I shared my perspective that I think Zuckerberg has been pretty smart about preparing himself for the role and for making sure the the company and product don't suffer because of his own blind spots and personal preferences.  One gets the feeling that... read more »

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Rita McGrath will be part of the New York Times Business Live on May 11 (tomorrow!) at 10:00am

For those of you interested in the upcoming Facebook IPO and the extent to which Mark Zuckerberg will be able to lead the company as a publicly traded firm CEO, you might enjoy tuning in at 10 am tomorrow to watch the New York Times Business Day Live segment.  David Gillen, the Deputy Business Editor, does the interviewing.  I believe you can get to the link from the main business section... read more »

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