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  • The Evolution of Human Professions
    by Alexandra Levit - January 12, 2018
    Until recently, professional service consisted of human providers having real-time, face to face interactions with customers that were rewarded according to the amount of time spent. In this traditional model, advice or products are highly customized, focusing on the needs of individuals. But in the near future, disruptive new models for the production and distribution of expertise are emerging thanks to advances in digital...
  • Relocation May Soon Be a Thing of the Past
    by Alexandra Levit - January 5, 2018
    In a research paper, Understanding the Long-Run Decline in Interstate Migration, Greg Kaplan and Sam Schulhofer-Wohl of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis analyzed the secular decline in interstate migration in the United States between the early 90s and the early aughts. They found that while gross flows of people across states are about 10 times larger than net flows, they declined by around 50 percent over the study&rs...
  • Are You on Top of HR Disruption?
    by Alexandra Levit - December 22, 2017
    HR used to be easy. Hand out cut-and-dry information, and make sure said employees consumed said information. But today, technology innovations impacting HR business processes have professionals simultaneously looking for ways to uplevel the function, and fearing that machines will take their jobs. Specifically, HR pros have had to contend with the following transformations, as the field moves from: Transactional HR to...
  • Why Finance Pros are Turning to Automation
    by Alexandra Levit - December 15, 2017
    Are financial experts afraid of automation? Not exactly. If you talk to many of them, you’ll hear that technology has actually changed their jobs for the better and has positively impacted how they work in their organization by eliminating manual processes, increasing accuracy and efficiency, and facilitating valuable customer interactions. I rounded up some of the best thoughts on automation from big timers in the in...
  • Why AI's Not for Everyone
    by Alexandra Levit - December 7, 2017
    A recent MIT/Sloan survey of senior corporate executives showed they see artificial intelligence (AI) as the single most disruptive new technology, and nearly 70 percent said they already have AI investments underway. Looking at these results, you might feel insecure. You might worry that you’re falling behind, and that your business will lose its competitive edge if you don’t get with the program (literally). A...
  • Global Productivity Drought: When Will It End?
    by Alexandra Levit - November 27, 2017
    According to Bret Swanson and Michael Mandel, author of the new white paper The Coming Productivity Boom, the next waves of the information revolution - where we connect the physical world and infuse it with intelligence - are beginning to emerge. And these waves will result in far greater productivity than we’ve seen in many industries so far. Much has been made of the proliferation of sophisticated IT into the busin...
  • IDEO's New Ieas for Building Innovation
    by Alexandra Levit - November 9, 2017
    Global design firm IDEO is known for its innovation. In fact, many clients approach the firm specifically because they want to learn its secrets. In a research initiative meant to get at the heart at what makes innovative companies tick, IDEO studied its 26-year archive of projects that focused on clients’ internal team dynamics, as well as external sources focused on innovation (including Fast Company‘s annual Mos...
  • Our Digital Future: Machine, Platform, Crowd
    by Alexandra Levit - October 17, 2017
    The MIT Sloan Expert Series recently presented a webcast with Andrew McAfee ?and ?Erik Brynjolfsson, co-authors of the new book Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future, Beth Comstock, vice chair of GE, and Sandy Pentland, MIT professor and expert of group dynamics in a digital world. A crucial theme of the new book is that unsettling, disruptive change is becoming the status quo. Suddenly, companies we think...
  • How to Manage Disruptive Organizational Events
    by Alexandra Levit - October 6, 2017
    Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, a world-renowned thought leader on Project Management and Strategy Implementation, recently penned an article for CIO around PM fundamentals for mergers and acquisitions. As he wrote: “Last year, some 40,000 companies changed ownership, for a total deal value of some $5 trillion, according to Thomson Reuters. That means people are managing 40,000 massive transformation projects – but how...
  • Employers should embrace people analytics to help solve problems
    by Alexandra Levit - September 22, 2017
    On a SilkRoad webinar with HR Daily Advisor last week, we talked about how advances in people analytics are augmenting the business and HR operations of modern organizations. The event, called, The Next Frontier of People Analytics, explored how HR can up its game to become a strategic partner and essential source of analytical guidance. As our hour concluded, there were many terrific questions, but very honest one in particul...