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Dana Ardi
Dana Ardi, Ph.D. is the founder of Corporate Anthropology Advisors and the author of THE FALL OF THE ALPHAS: The New Beta Way to Connect, Collaborate, Influence – And Lead. Visit

Dr. Ardi has served as a Partner/Managing Director at CCMP Capital and JPMorgan Partners, and was a Partner at Flatiron Partners. Earlier in her career, she was an operating executive at R. R. Donnelly & Sons and at McGraw-Hill. She also has a background managing and leading executive search firms.

Dr. Ardi has a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a masters degree and doctorate in education from Boston College.

Entries by Dana Ardi

The 3 C's of the New Beta Organization: Communication, Collaboration and Curation

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 10:43 AM

With the advent of the Information Age and increasingly rapid waves of technological change, the Alpha model of doing business -- top-down, command-and-control leadership like an army led by a commander whose orders flow in only one direction -- is on its way out. The Beta model is taking its...

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Why Most Mentoring Programs Are a Waste of Time -- And How to Build the Next Generation of Beta Sponsorship

(2) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 10:17 AM

When I reflect on my many years working as a corporate anthropologist, I realize that merely identifying and hiring people with the best skills isn't what will set the next generation of great companies apart from the competition. Rather the future will belong to the Betas, to those organizations that...

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The Future of Work for Companies

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 3:53 PM

We've shifted to a world where collaboration and connection are replacing hierarchy and bureaucracy. The outdated "Alpha" notion of management has given way to the modern era of "Beta" leadership. This is the world I document in my new book, The Fall of the Alphas.

We're already seeing this take...

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