What we read this week (16 Sep)

Every week, we filter a few of the most relevant articles about the digital business for you. This week the list features thoughts on the coming corporate revolution, computer-generated articles, digital publishing, and lessons to learn from Jay-Z and Kanye. Enjoy!

Every week, we filter a few of the most relevant articles about the digital business for you.

  • Forbes: Social Power and the Coming Corporate Revolution
    David Kirkpatrick is taking a look at how the social powers that brought down dictators will bring down company managements next, if a new generation is unhappy with their bosses. Largely ignored today, companies will have to face the effect of their employees talking about them very visibly online.
  • NYTimes: Computer-Generated Articles Are Gaining Traction
    A fascinating read on software that takes data, like that from sports statistics, company financial reports and housing starts and sales, and turns it into articles.
  • Forbes: Selling The New Cool: Inside The World Of ‘Influencers’
    Matthew Newton from Forbes digs into the marketing trend of ‘influencers’ but only focuses on so-called ‘tastemakers’. We think that ‘influence’ is much bigger than that. Nevertheless, a good read.
  • Economist: Great digital expectations
    The Economist takes a closer look at the challenges of the book publisher industry as ebooks take the lead in book sales and confront the industry with some heavy digitization challenges.
  • Foreign Policy: Jay-Z’s Hegemony in the Age of Kanye
    Watch the Throne therefore should not be judged as an album, but rather as a move in this savvy strategy of institutionalizing hegemony in the face of potential decline. Kanye and Jay-Z’s alliance offers a new blueprint for managing decline in a turbulent world from which international relations scholars and American foreign policy practitioners alike should learn.
  • T3N: Deutsche Unternehmen: Weltweit führend im Blockieren von Social Media
    Germany ahead of something related to social media? Yes, we’re on top when it comes to blocking access to social media at the work place. There’s a lot of lip service by managers about investing into social but their deeds speak a very different language. As long as managers keep the young generation from communicating like they’re used to, companies will compromise their work force and hurt their businesses.
  • AT&T Names Chief Medical Information Officer
    When telcos hire Chief Medical Information Officers you know that the world of healthcare is changing.
  • Ben Hammersley: My speech to the IAAC
    While already one week old, this is a must read: Our brilliant buddy Ben Hammersley on the importance of a “translation layer”, people who explain different strata of society how everything changes through digital disruption.

You can see all our reading recommendations (including the archives) at “What we read this week“.