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The Next Music Business

At Billboard.com, Rita McGrath has written an Op-Ed about the changing face of the music business. “In fact, the music industry is enjoying a period of explosive growth, experimentation and new opportunity that never would have been possible under the old model. It’s a little like the airlines before they were de-regulated, the phone company when it was still Ma Bell or computers when a few big companies were the... read more »

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Infosys cites Rita McGrath’s article “Is Your Company Biased Against Innovation?”

At InfyTalk, the Infosys CEO addresses Rita McGrath’s article in a talk about Innovation: “Our company, she says, has a systematic way of estimating how long a particular advantage is going to last, not to mention ‘systems that nurture innovation and processes that make sure the right people are at work on the business.’ These organizational features are terribly important in what has become a very competitive global economy. Established... read more »

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Forbes post mentions Rita McGrath’s upcoming book

In a Forbes interview of Steve Anthony of Innosight about his Harvard Business Review article Accelerating Innovation in the New Corporate Garage, Steve Anthony is quoted: “Just look at the pace of change that’s going on in every market. Rita McGrath at Columbia Business School has a book coming out next year where she talks about the death of competitive advantage and how we now have to live with temporary... read more »

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Finweek cites Rita McGrath in “How to Find Better Investments” blog

At Finweek, Rita McGrath’s 2012 Harvard Business Review article on the subject is cited extensively. …which shows us that of 4793 companies, each with a market value in excess of $1bn, only 8% were able to grow real earnings faster than world GDP without interruption between 2005 and 2009. Finweek commented further on the article, and then applied Rita McGrath’s findings to South African companies. To read the entire article,... read more »

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McGrath cited in Washington Post article on Apple CEO’s maps apology

October 1, 2012The Washington Post cited Rita McGrath referring to Apple’s long-time philosophy that customers don’t know what they want until Apple delivers it. In a departure from that point of view, CEO Tim Cook apologized for the inaccuracies and problems with Apple’s new maps application. You’ll find a link to the story here. read more »

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Economic Times:  Rita McGrath recommends innovation led growth in difficult times

The August 31st edition of Economic Times profiled Rita McGrath. “An expert on strategy in uncertain and volatile environments, McGrath recommends innovation led growth in difficult times without taking expensive gambles. More important, she guides you through how you should do it, advocating a practical, organic ‘discovery driven’ approach to innovation. In other words, reducing risks and recognizing and seizing all possible opportunities.” To read the entire profile, click here. read more »

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Specializing in Seniors: Limiting, or Limitless?

At the Selling to Seniors site, Rita McGrath is quoted “Businesses might do well to specialize in Boomers and seniors,” says Rita Gunther McGrath, if it’s the right space for them. “It really comes down to the firm’s strategy and whether they have a good way of replenishing their customer base, since by definition it suffers from modest attrition,” says McGrath, associate professor in the strategy area at Columbia Business... read more »

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Rita McGrath named one of Top Professors on Twitter

The LDRLB Leadership, Innovation and Strategy blog has named Rita McGrath one of its Top Professors on Twitter in the Strategy category. “At LDRLB (@LDRLB), we draw much of our content from the research and writings of the world’s top professors. Most are from business schools, others from a variety of fields relevant to leading organizations. These professors consistently build upon the body of knowledge and further the goal of... read more »

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Rita McGrath quoted by Washington Post re Facebook stock value

In the Business Section of the Washington Post, an article entitled Facebook stock decline shows Wall Street is wary of give-it-away-free approach, Rita McGrath is quoted: “Free serves purposes, but you have to go beyond free to make some money,” said professor Rita McGrath, who teaches corporate strategy at Columbia Business School. To read the entire article, click here. read more »

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CNN Interviews Rita McGrath about the Olympics and Business Values

You can view the interview here. read more »

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CNN Interviews Rita McGrath on the Chick-Fil-A’s Controversial Stance

Rita McGrath was interviewed by CNN Business on Chick-Fil-A’s controversial anti-gay position. View the interview here. read more »

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Data-Driven Decision-Making vs. Discovery-Driven Planning

Brian Mathews’ Chronicle.com’s blog The Ubiquitous Librarian addresses discovery-driven planning in his article subtitled “don’t measure a butterfly using the metrics of a caterpillar.” “Discovery-driven planning, which requires managers to identify the assumptions upon which their plans or aspirations are based, works well in addressing disruptive [changes.]” That’s the argument that I am trying to build around. We are at a point (nationally? globally?) where we are trying to discover... read more »

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Blackberry meets its shareholders…and Rita McGrath is quoted

Marketplace Business ran an item about Blackberry’s shareholder meeting and quoted Rita McGrath…”Rita McGrath teaches business strategy at Columbia. She also has a Blackberry, but called me from her iPhone. Which we agreed was symbolic of one of Blackberry’s biggest problems. Rita McGrath: I don’t know if you use Blackberry but if you try to do anything other than text message it’s not that great an experience. McGrath says more... read more »

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Lessons from the discovery-driven planning approach

Christoph Papenfuss at The Performance Ideas blog discussed the Discovery-Driven planning approach at length: “A few weeks ago I researched ideas for improving current planning and forecasting approaches. I stumbled upon a methodology that I had long forgotten. It is called ‘Discovery-driven planning’ and it was developed by Rita Gunther McGrath and Ian C. MacMillan. The idea was first published in the July 1995 issue of the Harvard Business Review.... read more »

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PanicTank.com cites Discovery Driven Planning

Discovery-driven planning by Ian MacMillian and Rita McGrath: Ask yourself what assumptions have to prove true for you to be happy in the choice you are contemplating. Are you basing your position on extrinsic or intrinsic motivators? Why do you think this is going to be something you enjoy doing? What evidence do you have? To read the entire post, click here. read more »

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