The Harvard Business Review lists 24 actions for 2011 in the HBR Agenda, a collection of posts by a group of business and management leaders, sharing their plans for the year ahead. There’s an exciting mix of projects here – for example:
- Vijay Govindarajan wants to help design a $300 house with basic modern services such as running water and electricity, and shared access to all of the modcons, turning poverty alleviation into a massive opportunity for business to make a difference.
- Clay Shirky is studying design as a key driver behind the quality of our online conversations – looking at why some sites enjoy genial exchanges where others are hijacked by attention seekers.
- Robert I. Sutton, in a similar vein, is writing a book on how to ‘scale’ constructive behavior.
- A.G. Lafley will be working with Boards and CEOs to develop better succession planning processes at a time when great business leadership matters more than ever.
- Michael Porter is working with Robert Kaplan to lower the real cost of healthcare – a critical project as healthcare costs in the US and elsewhere are on the rise.