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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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