Ideas and tools in 2007

Both HBR and Bain have come out with lists for 2007.  Several bloggers have mentioned these reports, and a few KM bloggers have made a KM connection. 

The HBR article was published in the February 2007 issue and is freely available, The HBR List: Breakthrough Ideas for 2007.  The list of twenty ideas is provided by a different thinker, including Michael Schrage, Clay Shirky and David Weinberger.  The full list of ideas and their authors is below the fold.  "Eclectic" Bill Brantley has pointed to this article with a comment about the items that link to KM.  He's keen on Ideas 1 - Accidental Influentials; 4 - Algorithms in the Attic; 15 - Act Globally, Think Locally and 17 - The Best Networks are Really Worknets (which he finds most important).  From my perspective, I am also interested in the ideas about innovation: Ideas 6 (User-centered innovation), 11 (Size matters in innovation) and 19 (Ready, fire, aim).

The Bain & Company report, The Bain Consulting, Management Tools 2007: An Executive's Guide, is a (semi) annual report by Bain Director Darrell K. Rigby.  The full list of items is below the fold.  Rather than ideas from HBR, this report suggests 25 tools that are important to understand and have shown lasting impact for businesses.  Gautam Ghosh linked to this one and suggested the following items are most interesting for him: Consumer Ethnography, Collaborative Innovation, Corporate Blogging and Knowledge Management.  Obviously, it is exciting to see knowledge management and corporate blogging on the list.  And it's interesting to see business process re-engineering there too.  I didn't think those activities were still considered top-of-mind in the business world.

The HBR Breakthrough Ideas for 2007 are

  1. The Accidental Influentials - Duncan J. Watts
  2. Entrepreneurial Japan - Yoshito Hori
  3. Brand Magic: Harry Potter Marketing - Frédéric Dalsace, Coralie Damay, and David Dubois
  4. Algorithms in the Attic - Michael Schrage
  5. The Leader from Hope - Harry Hutson and Barbara Perry
  6. An Emerging Hotbed of User-Centered Innovation - Eric von Hippel
  7. Living with Continuous Partial Attention - Linda Stone
  8. Borrowing from the PE Playbook - Michael C. Mankins
  9. When to Sleep on It - Ap Dijksterhuis
  10. Here Comes XBRL - Robert G. Eccles, Liv Watson, and Mike Willis
  11. Innovation and Growth: Size Matters - Geoffrey B. West
  12. Conflicted Consumers - Karen Fraser
  13. What Sells When Father Knows Best - Phillip Longman
  14. Business in the Nanocosm - Rashi Glazer
  15. Act Globally, Think Locally - Yoko Ishikura
  16. Seeing Is Treating - Klaus Kleinfeld and Erich Reinhardt
  17. The Best Networks Are Really Worknets - Christopher Meyer
  18. Why U.S. Health Care Costs Aren’t Too High - Charles R. Morris
  19. In Defense of “Ready, Fire, Aim” - Clay Shirky
  20. The Folly of Accountabalism - David Weinberger

The full article has several paragraphs on each item.

The Bain Consulting, Management Tools 2007: An Executive's Guide by Darrell K. Rigby

  1. Balanced Scorecard
  2. Benchmarking
  3. Business Process Reengineering
  4. Collaborative Innovation
  5. Consumer Ethnography
  6. Core Competencies
  7. Corporate Blogs
  8. Customer Relationship Management
  9. Customer Segmentation
  10. Growth Strategy Tools
  11. Knowledge Management
  12. Lean Operations
  13. Loyalty Management Tools
  14. Mergers and Acquisitions
  15. Mission and Vision Statements
  16. Offshoring
  17. Outsourcing
  18. RFID
  19. Scenario and Contingency Planning
  20. Shared Service Centers
  21. Six Sigma
  22. Strategic Alliances
  23. Strategic Planning
  24. Supply Chain Management
  25. Total Quality Management

The full report (pdf) has two pages on each item that provides related topics, a basic description, a methodology for implementation, common uses and a selected set of references.  It's a handy reference for organizations that are considering these tools in their future.

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