May in 5 articles

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Here are five articles that stood out this month for their originality, relevance, and/or analysis. Happy reading!

Finding equations to explain the world, The Economist
On the occasion of John Nash’s death in a tragic car accident earlier this month, The Economist explores this celebrated mathematician’s influential contributions to the world of economics.

How digital is changing strategy, McKinsey
While decision makers readily admit that digital technologies have profoundly changed the world of business, they are still struggling to adapt their business strategies to those changes. Jay Scanlan offers his advice.

6 Myths About Empowering Employees, Harvard Business Review
“The route to empowerment is a program”; “During a crisis, it’s appropriate to revert to traditional top-down command and control”; “Eliminating hierarchy will result in empowered people” — if you hear yourself in these statements, this article should cause you to reexamine your ideas around empowerment.

Reconsidering the Charismatic CEO, Strategy+Business
Is strength of a CEO’s charisma a business performance factor? Only insofar as it relates to his or her ability to foster collaboration and a shared will to win, writes Eric McNulty.

The changing nature of jobs – World Employment and Social Outlook 2015, International Labour Organization
The world of work is changing. The International Labor Organization’s latest 2015 report paints a picture of the future of work in which permanent contracts are increasingly rare.