Go Digital: Adapt or Die!

A study by MIT Sloan Management Review and Capgemini Consulting finds that companies now face a digital imperative: adopt new technologies effectively or face competitive obsolescence. While there is consensus on the importance of adopting digital technology, most employees find the process complex and slow. Many say their leaders lack urgency and fail to share a vision…

Quantified Disruption

The various weight loss companies like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig are all feeling new competitive pressures.  The mobile, social, and data trends for consumers are all pointing to a new wave of disruption.  Social networks provide the reinforcement while your smartphone and gadgets like the Jawbone Up, Fitbit, or any of the forthcoming smartwatches…

Average in the workplace is no longer enough.

The full PDF of the OECD’s findings can be accessed here.  You can find summaries by country (starting with the US) here. The United States has a highly-educated population, but more could be done to improve the quality of educational outcomes in terms of basic foundation skills in literacy, numeracy and science skills, and to…

Mary Meeker’s 2013 Internet Trends Report

Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report (previously) is not to be missed.  The current version is linked here and embedded below. KPCB Internet Trends 2013 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Quick thoughts: Look at the internet-use growth rate for Iran [Slide#4]. The print and radio industries are not out of the woods [Slide#5]. If you…

Overcoming faculty objections to online learning

I recently had a conversation with someone who shared (unsurprisingly) that collegiate faculty often had serious objections to online learning.  The loss of control of the instructor’s intellectual property, the dilution of faculty-and-student interaction, the uncertainty of student engagement, and the potential threat of the traditional higher education business model are all issues that will…