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M-Shaped Strategy Weekly for 1/5/14

Here are some of the things that caught our attention this week –

Work and workplace trends Stowe Boyd throws out an awful lot of stuff on Twitter, and I find myself almost considering it clutter in my stream of readings. On the other hand, I thought this article on GIga Om to be well-done and provocative, and has ideas I want to spend a bit more time on. The future of work: 4 trends for 2014

Cubicles, and new ways of working Related to the above, I came across this great post on Robbonfarm. I really like Venkat Rao's thinking and find I am always inspired to do more critical analysis by his posts. He's found himself back in cubeland and seems to like it – Free, as in agent

For cities, competitive specialization is dangerous Considering cities, and perhaps other organizational forms, Ricardo Hausmann, a professor of economics at Harvard University and Director of the Center for International Development, makes the argument that cities should worry about being a node in many different value chains rather than specializing. The Specialization Myth

Connected cars There seems to be a relentless and increasing momentum toward the self-driving car, and a lot of discussion about related systems and economies along the way. One example is this – Google and Audi’s new connected cars are really just about selling you apps And this was another good viewpoint from Gig Om Why the meta manager matters for the connected car

The meaning of design I just came across Ben Thompson's Stratechery blog and like it a lot. One good example is his analysis of Christmas gifts as a way of getting into what matters in design. Christmas gifts and the meaning of design

Dilbert's creator fails and wins Shaun Parrish reviews Scott Adams' book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big and outlines some key insights.

If it's not networked A professional photographer gives up hi cameras for the iPhone saying,, "we see cameras transitioning into what they were bound to become: networked lenses...Today, it turns out, it’s whatever can’t be networked that becomes less important." Goodbye, Cameras