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Strategic Direction, vol. 27 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0258-0543

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Publication date: 1 March 1997

Bob Duffy

The ‘single biggest problem’ on the World Wide Web, Netscape wunderkind Marc Andreessen tells The Washington Post, is ‘information overload’. The implication: how is the…

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The ‘single biggest problem’ on the World Wide Web, Netscape wunderkind Marc Andreessen tells The Washington Post, is ‘information overload’. The implication: how is the user supposed to home in on exactly the right info when the Web harbours such vast volumes of unruly content?

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The Electronic Library, vol. 15 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Publication date: 1 June 2002

George K. Chacko

Studies five successful chief ’ntrepreneur officers (CNOs) together with one failure. Looks at why the CNO is indispensable. Presents 36 characteristics of CNOs across six…

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Studies five successful chief ’ntrepreneur officers (CNOs) together with one failure. Looks at why the CNO is indispensable. Presents 36 characteristics of CNOs across six groups: eagerly embracing risk, passionately innovating, creating/harnessing disequilibria, empowering the middle management, empowering top management with complementing industry product and participants and with complementing capital products and providers. Uses numerous case studies to demonstrate theory and provide a number of questions and answers.

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Management Research News, vol. 25 no. 6/7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0140-9174

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Publication date: 13 August 2019

Alistair Davidson

Interview with Scott Kupor, a managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz (AH Capital Management LLC), a private American venture capital firm founded in 2009. Its investments…

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Interview with Scott Kupor, a managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz (AH Capital Management LLC), a private American venture capital firm founded in 2009. Its investments span the mobile, gaming, social, e-commerce, education and enterprise IT – including cloud computing, security, and software-as-a-service industries.

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Kupor’s book, Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It (Portfolio, 2019) can be used as a handbook for strategizing about venture capital deals, how to partner with multiple venture capitalists and how to assess new business ideas and market opportunities.

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Kupor was interviewed to obtain a venture capitalist’s perspective on the strategic guidelines for starting up an innovative business.

Practical implications

One of the key issues that VC investors seek to understand is, Why is this particular team best positioned to win the market versus any of the others that might approach the same opportunity? The team in many ways can become more important than the original business idea, particularly since we know the market and product will evolve over time.

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Kupor warns that competition is growing more intense. The cost of starting a business is much lower than in the past. However, given the widespread availability of talent, it is unlikely that most startups will have the field to themselves.

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Strategy & Leadership, vol. 47 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1087-8572

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Strategic Direction, vol. 28 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0258-0543

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Publication date: 17 August 2010

Marc Andreessen and Eric Bina

This paper seeks to report on an Internet‐based system for hypermedia information discovery and retrieval and wide‐area distributed asynchronous collaboration designed and…

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This paper seeks to report on an Internet‐based system for hypermedia information discovery and retrieval and wide‐area distributed asynchronous collaboration designed and built at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

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The NCSA is developing Mosaic clients – user‐friendly information browsers – for the three most popular desktop computing environments of the mid‐1990s: the Unix‐based X Window System, the Apple Macintosh, and Microsoft Windows 3.1. This paper primarily discusses the X client, as it has the most advanced functionality of the three at this time.

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The system, called NCSA Mosaic, integrates cleanly into existing Internet protocols, formats, data sources, and environments, and provides powerful new capabilities for using and sharing information across the Internet.

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NCSA is making the complete Mosaic system freely available and distributable for all academic and research organizations and purposes.

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Internet Research, vol. 20 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1066-2243

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Publication date: 1 January 2002

James Poon Teng Fatt

Outlines the benefits of humour in the workplace. Briefly looks at the place of humour in advertising and the effect of it in areas such as attention, comprehension…

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Outlines the benefits of humour in the workplace. Briefly looks at the place of humour in advertising and the effect of it in areas such as attention, comprehension, persuasion and likeability. Discusses humour in the workplace and provides some suggestions for employers. Covers humour in training and concludes that modest investment in all these areas can bring benefits to the workplace.

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Management Research News, vol. 25 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0140-9174

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Publication date: 9 May 2018

Steve Denning

As Agile management thinking spreads to every part and every kind of organization, including their competitors, corporate leaders need to take steps to ensure they get and…

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As Agile management thinking spreads to every part and every kind of organization, including their competitors, corporate leaders need to take steps to ensure they get and keep a good seat at the Agile table.

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The author’s first hand research finds that firms are learning the hard way that software process and value innovation requires a different way of running the organization to be successful. The whole firm has to become nimble, adaptable and able to adjust on the fly to meet the shifting whims of a marketplace driven by dynamic changes in customer value.

Findings

The Agile way of working is provoking a revolution in business that affects almost everyone. Agile organizations are connecting everyone and everything, everywhere, all the time. They are capable of delivering instant, intimate, frictionless value on a large scale.

Practical implications

Examples of the new way of running organizations are everywhere apparent. It’s not just the five biggest firms by market capitalization: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft. It’s also firms like Airbnb, Etsy, Lyft, Menlo Innovations, Netflix, Saab, Samsung, Spotify, Tesla, Uber and Warby Parker.

Social implications

A new kind of management was needed to enable this new kind of worker -- a fundamentally different way of running organizations. Agile is economically more productive and a better fit with the new marketplace. And it had immense potential benefit for the human spirit. It could create workplaces that enabled human beings to contribute their full talents on something worthwhile and meaningful – creating value for other human beings.

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Continuing the management practices and structures of the lumbering industrial giants of the 20th Century is no longer a viable option for today’s firms. To survive, let alone thrive, leaders today must recognize that Agile is not something happening in software alone.

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Strategy & Leadership, vol. 46 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1087-8572

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Publication date: 15 June 2020

Annika Steiber, Sverker Alänge, Swapan Ghosh and Dulce Goncalves

The digitization process has increased the pressure on large firms to transform. However, current frameworks on digital transformation are not well explaining what factors…

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The digitization process has increased the pressure on large firms to transform. However, current frameworks on digital transformation are not well explaining what factors contribute to, or hinder, a firm's digital transformation. Innovation diffusion theories could complement existing frameworks, and for this reason, the purpose of this paper is to expand the existing body of knowledge on what contributes to, or hinders, an industrial firm's digital transformation by applying a validated framework based on innovation diffusion theories on two pioneer cases: General Electric and Siemens EHR/Health Services.

Design/methodology/approach

The framework used in this paper is based on several years' empirical studies and iterative literature reviews on innovation diffusion theories. Further, each use case is based on literature reviews and unique empirical data, collected by the authors of this paper as a result of taking active part of respective company's multi-years transformation.

Findings

Common drivers of, and clear inhibitors to the two firms' transformation, were identified. The innovation diffusion framework was found to work very well in identifying those factors.

Research limitations/implications

The implications are that researchers better can analyze/explain a digital transformation of a firm, and business managers can better plan or improve their firms' transformation processes.

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The theoretical contributions of this paper are two: first, complement existing frameworks with a validated framework for innovation diffusion; second, provide an extension of our body of knowledge on factors that contributes to, or hinders, industrial firm's digital transformation.

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European Journal of Innovation Management, vol. 24 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1460-1060

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Publication date: 1 March 1994

Marc Andreessen and Eric Bina

This paper reports on an Internet‐based system for hypermediainformation discovery and retrieval and wide‐area distributedasynchronous collaboration designed and built at…

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This paper reports on an Internet‐based system for hypermedia information discovery and retrieval and wide‐area distributed asynchronous collaboration designed and built at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). The system, called NCSA Mosaic, integrates cleanly into existing Internet protocols, formats, data sources, and environments, and provides powerful new capabilities for using and sharing information across the Internet.

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Internet Research, vol. 4 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1066-2243

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