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BECOMING FUTURE READY REQUIRES ORGANIZATIONAL EXPLOSIONS 

We share insights from the digital transformation journeys of companies and describe the four organizational explosions in this audio edition of the August 2018 research briefing.
By Peter Weill, Nick van der Meulen, and Stephanie L. Woerner
Abstract

Many companies plan to achieve breakthrough performance via digitally enabled business transformation. They are now in the middle of the hard work of execution—implementing the difficult organizational changes needed to succeed. We call these changes “organizational explosions” because that’s what they feel like; they are significant, disruptive changes that affect most of a company’s customers, employees, and partners. In this briefing we share insights from the digital transformation journeys of companies in our research and we describe the four organizational explosions. We also highlight the impressive differences we observed in performance when we grouped these companies by whether they had completed more or less than 50% of their journey.

The August 2018 research briefing is read by author Stephanie Woerner.

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© 2018 MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research, Weill, Van der Meulen, and Woerner. MIT CISR Research Briefings are published monthly to update the center's patrons and sponsors on current research projects. archive briefing audio

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Founded in 1974 and grounded in MIT's tradition of combining academic knowledge and practical purpose, MIT CISR helps executives meet the challenge of leading increasingly digital and data-driven organizations. We work directly with digital leaders, executives, and boards to develop our insights. Our consortium forms a global community that comprises more than seventy-five organizations.

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