Avoiding Digitalization Traps: Tools for Top Managers

Phillip C. Nell*, Nicolai J. Foss, Peter G. Klein, Jan Schmitt

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Digital transformation is fundamentally changing the business landscape. It is also affecting the roles of top managers within firms. Our survey of more than 160 senior managers in Europe suggests that digitalization, rather than encouraging more decentralized forms of management, will lead to an expanded role for headquarters and further empowerment of top managers. While acknowledging the benefits of the digital transformation, in this Executive Digest we identify five key challenges for newly empowered top managers and offer solutions for these digitalization traps.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBusiness Horizons
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)163-169
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

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Published online: 15. December 2020


  • Digitalization
  • Digitalization traps
  • Top management relationships
  • Data biases
  • Headquarters
  • Centralization

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