The Brains and Brawn Company: How Leading Organizations Blend the Best of Digital and Physical

Robert Siegel

A Top Financial Times Recommended Business Book, The Brains and Brawn Company is the grounded, clear-sighted guide you need to blend digital and traditional business functions for long-term competitive advantage Business leaders are continually told they need to embrace digital disruption wholeheartedly to thrive in the 21st Century.

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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Publish Date: 07/22/2021
Pages: 272
ISBN-13: 9781264257775
ISBN-10: 1264257775
Language: English

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July 28, 2021

Today’s true competitive advantage, for your career or your entire organization, is understanding how digital and physical excellence can reinforce each other, achieving more in coordination than either kind of mastery can in isolation. The idea that these worlds are in fundamental conflict is dangerous and shortsighted. … Building that powerful partnership is the most important issue facing companies today. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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A Top Financial Times Recommended Business Book, The Brains and Brawn Company is the grounded, clear-sighted guide you need to blend digital and traditional business functions for long-term competitive advantage Business leaders are continually told they need to embrace digital disruption wholeheartedly to thrive in the 21st Century. Legacy companies, we hear, are all doomed to fail unless they double down on the latest digital innovations, and disruptors are ordained to take over the world. Digital innovation is the answer to everything. False! Nothing in life or business is ever that simple. In The Brains and Brawn Company: How Leading Organizations Blend the Best of Digital and Physical, venture capitalist and Stanford Graduate School of Business lecturer Robert Siegel brings the digital innovation conversation back down to earth. He shows that, while important, digital is only part of the answer―and it's never the only answer. The vast majority of successful leaders from both incumbents and disruptors focus as much on things like logistics, manufacturing, and distribution as they do on digital innovation. In fact, many established companies are successfully countering young upstarts in other creative ways, and many new organizations are learning from their older brethren. Siegel shows how to create lasting profits and growth in the smartest way possible: by creating a solid partnership between digital innovation and traditional business operations--in other words, by marrying brains and brawn. He lays out the core competencies that today's industry leaders have mastered and explains how:
  • Charles Schwab uses cutting-edge analytics to better serve millions of investors without violating its original code of values.
  • Align Technology transformed orthodontia by developing creative new business models along with new products.
  • Kaiser Permanente taps into the power of empathy to improve patient satisfaction while controlling costs.
  • Instacart balances ownership and partnerships to balance the needs of four key constituencies.
  • Target, Best Buy, and Home Depot found different ways to blend the best aspects of physical retail with innovative e-commerce.
  • Desktop Metal is innovating high-volume yet affordable production methods that can revolutionize manufacturing.
Filled with original research and case studies of Daimler, 23andMe, Instacart, AB InBev, Google, and many other companies, The Brains and Brawn Company: How Leading Organizations Blend the Best of Digital and Physical provides practical, proven insights and advice for bridging the gulf between digital vs. physical, disruptor vs. incumbent, startup world vs. Fortune 500, and tech culture vs. industrial culture. The Brains and Brawn Company: How Leading Organizations Blend the Best of Digital and Physical provides everything you need to set your company apart from your competitors in real and measurable ways--and take the lead in your industry for years to come.

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