The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World
MARCH 13, 2017
Since retiring from IBM in 2007, I’ve continued my involvement with technology-based initiatives, - AI and blockchain most recently, - through my consulting and academic activities as well as the weekly blogs that I’ve now been writing for the past dozen years.
Trust and the On-Demand Economy
DECEMBER 22, 2015
A few weeks ago, I read a couple of very interesting articles on this latest evolution of the firm by technology strategist Ben Thompson in his Stratechery.com blog.
Disruptive Innovation Revisited
JULY 9, 2014
John Hagel , - co-chair of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge , - had a similar reaction in his blog post The Disruption Debate - What’s Missing? “I admit that I’m mystified by Jill Lepore’s article in the New Yorker attacking Clayton Christensen and his theory of disruptive innovation,” he wrote. “Not
The Rise and Potential Fall of the Talent Economy
NOVEMBER 12, 2014
As Martin notes in a related HBR blog , there are actually two different economies, the real economy and the capital markets. “The Roger Martin is a professor at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, where he was Dean from 1998 to 2013.
Entrepreneurship and Job Creation
NOVEMBER 5, 2014
Then a few days after posting my blog , I got an e-mail from John Dearie , Senior VP at the Financial Services Forum. A few weeks ago I wrote about a surprising paradox I’d just learned about at a conference : Entrepreneurship has never been easier, but entrepreneurship is on the decline.
The Public Face of Science
MAY 9, 2016
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Reflections on Big Data, Data Science and Related Subjects
JANUARY 2, 2013
In Deconstructing Big Data , a blog recently published in the WSJ’s CIO Journal , professor, consultant and author Tom Davenport wrote: . “I
Realizing the Potential of the Digital Economy
SEPTEMBER 8, 2015
A few weeks ago I attended the 12th annual Brookings Blum Roundtable on Global Poverty. Organized by the Brookings Institution , the Blum Roundtable brings together policy and technical experts from government, academia, business, investors and NGOs from all over the world.
Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation
JANUARY 19, 2012
I will not further discuss them in this blog. Through the years, I have been intrigued by the number of once powerful companies that are no longer around. Darwinian principles seem to apply in business as much as in biology. When technology and market environments go through major changes, as is certainly the case today, previously successful business strategies will no longer work, no matter how much you try to fix them.
Reflections on Ten Years of Blogging
MAY 26, 2015
Friedman’s words came to mind as I was reflecting on the evolution of blogging since I posted my first blog in May of 2005. The advent of easy-to-use tools and platforms brought blogging to a much larger, non-technical population.
Is the Link Now Broken Between Innovation, Jobs and a Higher Standard of Living?
MARCH 5, 2014
In The Great Decoupling in the US Economy , a December, 2012 blog by Andy McAfee, he points out that for the average American worker, this decoupling goes back to the early 1980s, when jobs were still available, but started to pay less well.
Bigger is Not Necessarily Better in Our Information-Rich Digital Economy
MARCH 19, 2014
This is all part of a major trend which entrepreneur and VC Hemant Taneja called the Economies of Unscale: Why Business Has Never Been Easier for the Little Guy in a recent HBR blog. “A
Patent Activity and the State of US Innovation
FEBRUARY 27, 2013
I learned about the Brokings study in a very good blog on the subject by professor and author Richard Florida.
Leadership and Rational Thinking
SEPTEMBER 29, 2011
In this blog written for the THINK Forum, Ito observes that the explosion of ideas and low cost of collaboration all around us, is prompting a great deal of innovation, “but also a complexity, speed and capacity for amplification that makes the world a difficult and dangerous place for many organizations and human-made systems designed for a slower and simpler era.” “The
Social Business in the Age of the Customer
OCTOBER 18, 2012
Starting about a decade ago with the rise of Web 2.0 , we have seen the explosive growth of social media technologies, - e.g., blogs, wikis and podcasts, - as well as platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube with hundreds of millions of users. Social Media is one of the hallmarks of our digital age, enabling individuals and communities to create and share user-generated content.
Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy
NOVEMBER 17, 2011
One wonders whether the Internet, blogging, Twitter, texting and micro-blogging, as in China’s case, has made participatory democracy and autocracy so participatory, and leaders so finely attuned to every nuance of public opinion, that they find it hard to make any big decision that requires sacrifice. The Club de Madrid is an independent, non-profit organization of 80 democratic former Presidents and Prime Ministers from 56 different countries founded in 2001.
Is a Backlash Brewing Against Silicon Valley’s Perceived Insularity?
AUGUST 11, 2015
Blogging Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture“Empire of the geeks… and what could wreck it” was the featured cover story of The Economist’s July 25 issue. Silicon Valley should be celebrated.
En Route to the Cashless Society
AUGUST 8, 2012
Just before posting this blog, it was announced that Square’s mobile payment offerings will be available at Starbucks’ 7,000 US stores. Over the last few months there have been a spate of articles on the evolution to a cashless society as the use of mobile devices continues to grow around the world. The Death of Cash , Time for Cash to Cash Out? Visions of a Cashless Society , and Why Cash is Losing its Currency? are some of the titles.
A New Style of Work
JULY 24, 2011
About a year ago I wrote a blog on the post retirement phase of my life. Tom Foremski , a journalist blogger and friend who reports on the business and culture of innovation in Silicon Valley Watcher , wrote an interesting comment in my blog: “In some ways, I see your post-retirement life as being somewhat futuristic, in that it will be the way many people will be working in the future. Finally, there is blogging. Blogging helps me structure my fairly eclectic life.
The Passing of an Era
SEPTEMBER 1, 2011
But, the 30th anniversary of this important event in the history of computing was duly noted by IBM Fellow Mark Dean , - a member of the small team that designed the original machine, - in a nostalgic and thoughtful blog. At the time I had not read Mark’s blog, as I was busy getting ready to give a keynote presentation the following week at LinuxCon in Vancouver. The IBM Personal Computer was announced on August 12, 1981.
Technology and the Future of Media
AUGUST 18, 2015
This blog is but one small example of the democratizing power of the Internet, as it enables individuals and communities to create and disseminate content and communicate with each other, effectively turning our planet into the Global Village presciently predicted by Marshal McLuhan in the 1960s.
The Evolution of Online Learning
APRIL 24, 2013
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Social Business: e-business 2.0. and Beyond
SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
With more than 500 million people on Facebook, and 200 million blogs being updated daily, the power of numbers and of experience has taken over the world. IBM executive Sandy Carter has just published a new book - Get Bold: Using Social Media to Create a New Type of Social Business. I know Sandy well, having worked with her at IBM for over a decade in various initiatives.
The Evolution of My Complex Relationship with Blogging
JUNE 3, 2011
From time to time, I like to reflect on my feelings about blogging, and then write about them in an entry in my blog. I have not done so in a while, and it has now been just about six years since I started this blog, so I thought that it would be a good time to return to the subject. I started blogging at the urging of colleagues at IBM. For several years my friend and colleague John Patrick had been urging me to start a blog. I write this blog.
Some Thoughts on the Affordable Care Act
NOVEMBER 27, 2013
My friend and former IBM colleague John Patrick posted a very good entry in his blog on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) , aka Obamacare. As we all know, the ACA has had a rough start. In his entry, John asks two basic questions: do we need the ACA?; and, should it be repealed?
Blogging and Personal Feelings
MARCH 8, 2012
In November of 2008, Andrew Sullivan published an excellent article in The Atlantic , - Why I Blog , - in which he discussed the unique characteristics of a blog by reminding us what a web log shares in common with its namesake, the ship log. “In Anyone who has blogged his thoughts for an extended time will recognize this world. We blog now - as news reaches us, as facts emerge. I have now been blogging since May of 2005.
The New Entrepreneurship: Back to the Roots of the American Dream
MAY 20, 2011
I agree with all of them and have written about them extensively in my blog. The latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the US unemployment rate continues to hover around 9%. Gallup’s measurements are somewhat higher at 9.2%. When you add to the unemployment rate the percentage of Americans working part time but wanting full time work, you get an underemployment rate of 19.1%. The current period of high unemployment is the longest since the Great Depression.
The Science of Information-based Predictions
DECEMBER 12, 2012
But, whenever friends and colleagues asked my opinion, I invariably told them to go look at FiveThirtyEight.com , the political polling website and blog created by Nate Silver. . For months, just like a good portion of the country, I followed closely our 2012 presidential campaign.
Fifty Years of Memories
JUNE 13, 2012
In February I posted an entry in my blog about my U-High experiences. . I became quite friendly with another classmate living in the Chicago area when we found out that we shared a number of interests including blogging, even though we had not been close while in high school. Blogging Education and Talent Society and Culture Various Other Subjects
The Continuing Evolution of Cloud Computing
DECEMBER 1, 2015
I’ve been closely following cloud computing for a number of years, having posted my first cloud blog in March of 2008. A few months later I gave a presentation at a cloud-based conference.
Open Services Innovation
DECEMBER 1, 2011
I have also written a number of entries on services in this blog. Earlier this year, UC Berkeley professor Henry Chesbrough published a new book, Open Services Innovation: Rethinking Your Business to Grow and Compete in a New Era. This is his third book on open innovation in the last eight years, having published Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology in 2003, and Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape in 2006.
The Impact on Government of the Structural Changes in 21st Century Economies
SEPTEMBER 26, 2012
In my next blog, I will discuss some of the key actions governments have to take to help them adjust to these structural changes in the economy. Most everyone agrees that economies and societies around the world are going through structural changes of a historical nature , driven by a number of powerful forces including digital technologies and globalization.
The Employment Challenge in the US Economy
JUNE 26, 2011
I will discuss his recommendations for fixing the US jobs problem in next week’s blog. A couple of years ago, McKinsey , the global management consulting firm, launched a new website called What Matters. It asks a big question and invites a wide array of people to write essays giving their points of view on the topic. In 2009, for example, What Matters addressed Innovation , and asked, Where will the world’s primary centers of innovation be?
Reflections on the Future of TV
AUGUST 26, 2014
I’m also a (very minor) content producer, given the weekly blogs I’ve been posting since 2005 and my 2-year guest columnist affiliation with the WSJ’s CIO Journal . I’ve long been interested in the impact of digital technologies on the media industry.
Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The Life Cycle of a Business
APRIL 23, 2007
Posted on April 23, 2007 at 06:00 AM in Society and Culture , Technology and Strategy | Permalink TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference The Life Cycle of a Business : Comments Dear Irving, as usual, your ideas in your blog, and whenever I've been privileged to see you in 3-D, are wise; I'm commenting here, though, particularly on the first line of this post, about your imminent retirement.
“One Nation” in an Increasingly Polarized America
FEBRUARY 16, 2012
I will discuss this potential evolution of our idea of one nation in next week’s blog. Among America’s most cherished ideas is the notion that, despite all our differences, we are one nation. It is embodied in the Pledge of Allegiance : “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Principles and Compromises
JANUARY 3, 2011
Last week I posted a blog focused on the tax deal between President Obama and Senate Republicans as a good example of political compromise, - bringing people together with widely different opinions in order to get something concrete done. Such compromises are the essence of effective governance, especially in highly complex organization, whether in business or government. Are there limits to compromise? Are there times when our sense of right and wrong should guide our actions?
Growing Up in a Complex World
JUNE 18, 2010
I wrote about the CEO study in this recent blog. Several weeks ago IBM released its 2010 Global CEO Study. This is IBM’s fourth and largest CEO study since 2004, based on more than 1,500 face-to-face interviews with CEOs and senior public leaders from more than 60 countries. The primary challenge emerging out of the CEO conversations was complexity - the fact that CEOs now operate in a world that is substantially more volatile, uncertain and complex.
The Gulf Between Planning and Reality
DECEMBER 4, 2013
I like the way Clay Shirky , - NYU faculty member as well as author and consultant, - framed the problem in a very interesting blog, - Healthcare.gov and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality. It’s way too early to know what really happened with the botched launch of Healthcare.Gov.
Are Markets Efficient, Irrational, or Both?
NOVEMBER 20, 2013
In a recent blog, Is Economics a Science? The 2013 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded last month to professors Eugene Fama and Lars Peter Hansen from the University of Chicago, and Robert Schiller from Yale University “for their empirical analysis of asset prices.”