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Mastering business complexity : MIT CISR survey results

  • The MIT Center for Information Systems Research surveyed 255 executives in 2015 to investigate how companies are managing business complexity. This report details the findings from our analysis of the survey data: 1. Some product complexity adds value, some does not. Specifically, companies with more links (aka integration) in their product and service portfolio are higher performing. - 2. Product variety makes it more difficult for costumers and employees to get things done. These customers and employee difficulties impair a company's performance. - 3. Companies that excel at making it easy for employees and customers to get things done differentiate themselves by applying a set of complexity management practices around enterprise architecture, role reconfiguration, and the use of metrics and incentive systems. Based on these findings, we recommend that companies make product complexity a strategic chois, invest in the abovementioned complexity management practices, and use costumer and employee dfficulties as key metrics for product innovation.

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Author of HS ReutlingenMocker, Martin
Erschienen in:Working papers / Center for Information Systems Research
Publisher:MIT Center for Information Systems Research
Place of publication:Cambridge, MA
Document Type:Journal article
Publication year:2016
Creating Corporation:Center for Information Systems Research
Tag:business complexity; enterprise architecture
Page Number:15
First Page:1
Last Page:15
DDC classes:650 Management
Open access?:Nein