The Productivity Blog

Where’s Our Expat Now?
A lot of HR professionals have no doubt been scrambling to get a handle on their more unruly expats since the publication of a study called “The...
Beyond Virtual Teams
Toward the beginning of this decade, virtual teams were just starting to move into the mainstream of corporate life. Only about half of large U.S.
The Innovation Ecosystem
“Let’s not reinvent the wheel” is an old adage, but only recently has the good sense of it been embraced by a growing number of...
Toward an HR Decision Science
Long gone are the days of data shortages in HR. In fact, if anything, there’s just too much data to make sense of. John W. Boudreau of the...
Skilling Up the Immigration Debate
So far, the headline-grabbing U.S. immigration debate has concentrated on low-skilled immigrants, legal or illegal. Yet, away from the hubbub is a...
HC Metrics and Decision-Making
Although the need to effectively measure human capital (HC) is a high priority for executives all over the world, such metrics continue to bedevil...
Beyond the Automated Brain
Last week’s TrendWatcher explored the possibility of a third industrial revolution being brought about through the offshoring phenomenon, but it...
The Next Transformation of Work
Saying that the world is on the cusp of the next industrial revolution is a grand claim. After all, there have been only two such revolutions before...
The Miscommunication Medium
Do you ever feel misunderstood by your co-workers? Even if you’re unaware of it, there’s a good chance that you sometimes are, especially...
Struggling to Manage Knowledge Workers
Peter Drucker, who died last November at the age of 95, was not only a legendary management thinker but among the most prescient as well. Back in 1969,...