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Pessimismo e Optimismo, 1923, by Italian futurist painter Giacomo Balla, 1871-1958 (Source:Wiki Paintings)

Integrated IT Outsourcing: Total Package or Total Chaos?

Idea posted: December 2013
  • Strategy
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour

There’s a growing trend in IT outsourcing towards integrated solutions. Clients no longer want to buy service components separately from multiple vendors: they want the ‘total package’ from a single provider. Integrated solutions, however, can be particularly challenging to implement, requiring intensive co-ordination by vendors. How can they be delivered on time — and to clients’ satisfaction? Recent qualitative research, looking at integrated IT services from the provider’s perspective, points to some answers. 

Idea #275
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Blue Ballet, by South African artist Glen Josselsohn, 2011 (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Innovation and External ‘Clusters’ in Emerging Markets

Idea posted: November 2013
  • CSR & Governance
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Operations

Regional clusters, combining companies and research institutes and government agencies, have long been considered important for the development of new businesses and new ideas, particularly in highly competitive and turbulent environments such as emerging economies. But they need to be complemented by external networks. A recent study underlines the link between successful innovation and partnerships outside ‘home territories’.

Idea #263
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley with cadets at his retirement ceremony,  2008 (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash. Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Delaying Retirement Can Be Bad for the Brain

Idea posted: July 2013
  • CSR & Governance
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour

Changing demographics are forcing many countries to raise the retirement age. But this could increase the social and financial costs of ageing populations. Working for longer does not necessarily keep the mind active. In tests for cognitive flexibility (the ability to switch between two different concepts and think about different things at the same time) the retired perform better than their employed counterparts.

Idea #166
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Chinese Folk Art (Source: Cultural-China.com)

Chinese Philosophy: Lessons for Western Leaders

Idea posted: January 2013
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Marketing

Some of the limitations in Western leadership theories can be overcome by using classical Chinese philosophy as a mirror to hold up against them. Chinese philosophy offers a different way of thinking, focusing more on relationships than the leader in isolation. These ideas can help find alternatives to current leadership models. 

Idea #065
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