How to Be a Chief Culture Officer

Charles O’Reilly explains why companies that value adaptability perform better, and how managers can create this dynamic.

Charles O’Reilly: Why Some Companies Seem to Last Forever

All companies hit rough patches from time to time. But only a few manage to survive decade after decade — some of them in a form that bears no resemblance to the original organization. Nokia began in 1865 as a riverside paper mill along the Tammerkoski Rapids in southwestern Finland. In the late 1880s, Johnson & Johnson got its start by manufacturing the first commercial … [ Read more ]

Research Report: Executive Compensation

This report from 1995 takes a look at research by five Stanford faculty members into executive compensation. Though some of the references are dated, the concepts aren’t.

Good News and Bad for Women’s Careers

Are women still at a disadvantage when it comes to attaining career success? Yes and no, says a new study. Women across the board seem to be enjoying greater parity with men-except in “good-old-boy companies,” where a woman’s personal style and needs for work/family balance may clash with organizational expectations, values, and demands.

Winning Through Innovation: A Practical Guide to Leading Organizational Change and Renewal

To avoid long-term failure while focusing on short-term success, business professors Tushman and O’Reilly present their views on the “ambidextrous organization.” This is defined as having internally consistent structures and an internal operating culture that provides for excelling today while also planning for the future. This paradoxical state of dealing with incremental changes in the here and now while at the same time emphasizing the … [ Read more ]