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Throw good money after bad

Rita McGrath is quoted at the CFOZone.com site in a post by Sheryl Nash. “Companies all too often stick with losing ventures despite signs of trouble, critics contend. But they acknowledge that it is often difficult to determine just how long is too long.” “The majority of companies I work with have no rigorous process for disengaging at all, with the result that it usually ends in a nasty mess,”... read more »

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Benefits of Thinking the Unthinkable Post at Harvard Business Review

Rita McGrath’s most recent post Benefits of Thinking the Unthinkable at the Harvard Business Review has been published. An excerpt is below. “My colleague Gökçe Sargut and I are doing some work on how executives can improve the way their organizations operate under conditions of complexity. As we did the background research, I was fascinated by counterintuitive thinking from Aaron Wildavsky, a well-known social scientist. He argued that when facing... read more »

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Rita McGrath spoke at CFO Core Concerns Conference

In late June, Rita McGrath spoke at the annual CFO Core Concerns Conference in Baltimore. Here is a review of her talk at the Rochester StartUps blog. “Rita McGrath, a professor at Columbia University, gave an awesome talk on using Discovery Driven techniques to stimulate, encourage and foster innovation and growth within large companies. In discussing the topic with her after her speech I discovered she has a similar presentation... read more »

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Rita McGrath on why innovation is equal parts politics and new ideas

The Employee Engagement Network cited Rita McGrath’s Harvard Business Review blog. read more »

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Rita McGrath on why innovation is equal parts politics and new ideas

First Friday Book Synopsis commented on Rita McGrath’s Harvard Review blog here. read more »

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Rita McGrath’s Harvard Business Review Webinar

On June 24th, Rita McGrath participated in a Harvard Business Review webinar Discovery-Driven Growth: A Breakthrough Process to Reduce Risk and Seize Opportunity sponsored by Zurich Insurance. Listen to the entire webinar here. read more »

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Predictable Success Interview:  Finding Your Own Growth Track

In her interview with Predictable Success, Rita McGrath shares: * » Her passion for politics and political consulting; * » How she’s working with leadership teams to help them create an entrepreneurial mindset; * » Why, in the beginning, it wasn’t her desire to be a professor; * » Why it intrigues her to study problems that are relevant to people; * » Her goal to reaching out to managers... read more »

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The lingering decline of traditional media

In a most interesting recent report, the OECD did a rundown of the state of the publishing industry today.  What they found, not surprisingly, was that newspapers in many countries are in a sad state of decline.  The report highlights shows a number of interesting charts and graphs.  What do they recommend?  Unfortunately, no silver bullet.  To quote from the report:  Given the central role of news for democratic societies,... read more »

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Investor.Com Cites Rita McGrath

At Nurture Seeds Of Growth post at Investors.com, Rita McGrath’s discovery-driven planning work is cited: “…Rita Gunther McGrath says firms tend to expect the results promised in early projections. “What you create is this pressure to continue,” she said. Instead, firms should be willing to evaluate those seedlings at several points in the growth process — and pull when necessary. “At any given moment, you should know what your exposure... read more »

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50 Women Bloggers You Should Be Reading

Rita McGrath is one of the top 50 women bloggers named by Ignite Social Media. To read the posting, click here. read more »

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Managing Under Complexity— Where is Einstein When You Really Need Him?

The above-entitled article, authored by Rita McGrath and Gökçe Sargut, appears in the May-June 2010 Ivey Business Journal. To read the article, click here. read more »

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Give Growth Initiatives Full-Time Attention

Scott Anthony’s Harvard Business Review post discusses the discovery-driven approach and the danger of not giving it full-time attention. You may read the post here. read more »

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Rita McGrath Keynote Speaker at CFO Core Concerns Conference, June 27-29, 2010

Frank Partnoy and Rita Gunther McGrath will top an outstanding lineup of speakers at the annual CFO Core Concerns Conference, June 27- June 29, 2010 at The Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace, Baltimore, MD. For more information and to register, visit CFO.com read more »

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Discovery-Driven Growth praised in France

BizHorizonsFRENCHARTICLE.pdfThe attached Business Horizons article, in French, describes Discovery-Driven Growth to its French readership. read more »

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Don’t Assume Anything—Prove it

CPA Success cited Rita McGrath’s DigitalNow keynote: Blaming others is easy when times are tough, isn’t it? It’s the economy, or the fat cats on Wall Street, or those crooked politicians, or your cheapskate clients. Just about anybody but yourself, right? Think again. “Ninety percent of our barriers to growth are self-inflicted,” Columbia Business School professor Rita McGrath told the crowd at the 2010 DigitalNow conference in Orlando. “The good... read more »

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