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Lots going on at the Columbia Media Forum

One of the great things about being associated with a leading Business School is the wide range of activities and organizations that contribute to its vitality. I was reminded of this when reading the Columbia Media Forum’s recent newsletter. Among other things, the newsletter summarized some key ideas that were presented at the Media Forum’s annual conference, at which I was a guest. read more »

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Ruining the innovation process - no shortage of ideas!

My post over at HBR.org on how to ruin your innovation process seems to have struck a nerve.  Among other things, a whole host of people have offered their own lists of how to get innovation wrong.  I was rather taken with this one, which lists four ways to mess up innovation.  In summary: failing to assign responsibilities Fixing on ROI too early failing to draw the right boundaries Fragmenting... read more »

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Want job? First, employer must like you

Rita McGrath was quoted in this Chicago Tribune article about employee likeability: “In general, empathy, connection, willingness to listen are all associated with likeability,” she summarizes. Gunther McGrath tells of a senior executive who received dreadful scores on the likeability/informality dimension of a 360-degree feedback and couldn’t understand why. After observing his patterns of interaction, he received two suggestions for simple changes in behavior. First, instead of following the same... read more »

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Fox Business Center quotes Rita McGrath re Effective Tips for Writing a Customer Survey

Fox Business News quoted Rita McGrath extensively in their article on Writing a Customer Survey: Your first step toward writing an effective customer survey should be to establish a clearly defined set of objectives, according to Rita McGrath, associate professor at Columbia Business School. “Your goals for the survey must be clear because this will guide your choice of questions and allow you to eliminate irrelevant or non-central points,” she... read more »

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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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