The big news this week was obviously the Volkswagen debacle. Everyone’s weighing in, but Jeffrey Liker has a nice perspective (see below). And there’s been a flurry of activity in management literature circles, focused on debunking Clayton Christensen’s theory of disruptive innovation. One of the better pieces is unfortunately behind a pay wall. (The Undoing of Disruption, by Evan Goldstein in The Chronicle of Higher Education.)
My friend Dan Markovitz’s new book came out this week: Building the Fit Organization: Six Core Principles for Making Your Company Stronger, Faster, and More Competitive. He’s got a great post on HBR (see below) and I’ll be interviewing him here as soon as I’ve finished the book.
Here’s this week’s super-curated list of share-worthy reads:
Assessing the Sins of Volkswagen, Toyota, and General Motors, by Jeffrey Liker on Harvard Business Review blogs.
How Visual Systems Make It Easier to Track Knowledge Work, by Dan Markovitz on Harvard Business Review blogs.
How Useful is the Theory of Disruptive Innovation? by Andrew King for MIT Sloan Management Review.
How a Concentration Camp Survivor and an American Huckster Created the Magic Crystals of Miracle-Gro, by Cara Giaimo on Atlas Obscura.
This next one is a really well-written and edited piece by Bono on Medium. I just wonder who actually did the heavy lifting:
Finally, in researching the art of framing problems, I was reviewing the great work of my friend and Stanford creativity prof Tina Seelig, and ran across this old but nonetheless amazing video: