The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond was the central theme of the 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) that took place earlier this year in Davos, Switzerland. Scope : Disruptions are taking place in “almost every industry in every country.”.

The Collaborative, Sharing Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

One of the most intriguing was The Collaborative Economy , by Jeremiah Owyang , a partner and analyst at Altimeter Group , whose research focuses on the changing relationships between companies and their customers. . The collaborative economy feels very different.

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A framework for industry leadership based on collaboration

Ross Dawson

As part of the workshop we used a framework that I originally developed over a decade ago in the context of collaboration in the financial services industry, but I have used in the last year in industries as diverse as healthcare, airlines, and professional services.

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

He believes that the current US economy favors big companies over small ones because in today’s environment, three key forces are driving innovation: large-scale ecosystems; globalization; and the vast, systemic challenges posed by business and societal problems that technology now enables us to address. This kind of complex systemic innovation leverages lots of known ideas and makes them work together to help address important problems.

Third Industrial Revolution – Review

Harold Jarche

Tweet The future should be networked writes Jeremy Rifkin in The Third Industrial Revolution. He sees the next industrial age, one bridging industrialism to continental collaboration as the most feasible post-carbon future.

Workforce collaboration in the network era

Harold Jarche

In the industrial era we saw the rise of specialized departments and specialized jobs. From a learning perspective, this is what connectivism is about: knowledge exists within systems which are accessed through people participating in activities.

Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The carnage might be more pronounced in the fast-changing IT industry, but no industry is immune. A few weeks ago I discussed a paper published last year, The Mortality of Companies , by physicist Geoffrey West and his collaborators at the Santa Fe Institute.

The MIT Systems Thinking Conference

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently participated in MIT’s 2010 Systems Thinking Conference for Contemporary Challenges. This annual conference is sponsored by Systems Design and Management (SDM) - an interdisciplinary program between MIT’s School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management. The SDM program aims to provide mid-career professionals with a systems perspective that will help them address and solve large-scale, global, complex challenges.

On the Governance of Blockchain: Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Internet and World Wide Web brought a badly needed culture of collaboration and standards to the IT industry. In the 1980s, it was quite difficult to get different IT systems to talk to each other.

The next generation of computer interfaces will drive better remote collaboration

Ross Dawson

Now Underkoffler’s company, Oblong Industries , has created the collaboration platform Mezzanine, shown below. Remote collaboration is absolutely the right application. and shared his own video of using the system.

Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Our educational system has long been based on the assumption that learning is mostly about acquiring knowledge as well as critical skills to enable us to apply whatever we learned in school throughout our careers, say 30 - 40 years.

The Need to Adapt to the Speed of Change or Die: lessons for L&D from the retail industry

Charles Jennings

As with the many bookshops that have been forced to close in the face of new entrants to the publishing and distribution market – Amazon and Apple – the retail music industry certainly saw what digitisation was doing. Yesterday another great British institution slid into the history books.

Global Trends and Business Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The ability to anticipate where your industry is moving and to begin to reposition your company ahead of competitors is one of the most important elements of business strategy. They could transform entire industries, including automobiles, aviation, and electronics.

The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report introduces the MGI Industry Digitization Index, a methodology for exploring the various ways US companies are going about their digital journey, - based on 27 indicators that measure how they’re building digital assets, expanding digital usage, and creating a digital workforce.

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Caffeine: It Undermines Performance on Collaborative Tasks for.

Bob Sutton

The Observer | Business | You could be a genius - if only you had a good system. Hansen: Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Create Unity, and Reap Big Results. Adam Penenberg: Tragic Indifference: One Mans Battle with the Auto Industry over the Dangers of SUVs. Taking The Path of Most Resistance: The Virtues » Caffeine: It Undermines Performance on Collaborative Tasks for Men, Enhances It For Women. Bob Sutton.

Could Blockchain Prove to Be “The Next Big Thing”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the past several decades, information technologies (IT) have been fundamentally transforming companies, industries and the economy in general. However, banking has been relatively less disrupted by digital transformations than other industries.

On Saving the American Health System: Dr. Donald Berwick's.

Bob Sutton

The Observer | Business | You could be a genius - if only you had a good system. Hansen: Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Create Unity, and Reap Big Results. Adam Penenberg: Tragic Indifference: One Mans Battle with the Auto Industry over the Dangers of SUVs. 11 Books Every Leader Should Read » On Saving the American Health System: Dr. Donald Berwicks Farewell Speech. Mind you we are not talking about a system full of failures. Bob Sutton.

Man, Machine, and Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

People have long worried about the impact of technology on society, whether discussing railroads, electricity, and cars in the Industrial Age, or the Internet , mobile devices and smart connected products now permeating just about all aspect of our lives.

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The Continuing, Transformative Impact of IT

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given their wide acceptance and growing deployment, there is little doubt that by 2025 these four IT trends will have a transformative impact on companies and industries around the world. Last month, the McKinsey Global Institute published Ten IT-enabled business trends for the decade ahead.

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Open Innovation 2.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Closed innovation was the general approach followed by industrial R&D labs during much of the 20th century, - e.g., Bell Labs , Xerox PARC , IBM Research. Open innovation processes combine internal and external ideas together into platforms, architectures, and systems.

The Economic Potential of The Internet of Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

After reviewing the results of their analysis, the study concluded that looking at IoT through the lens of individual applications and industries was inadequate. Data is absolutely essential to IoT systems.

Mobile Payments - a Long, Relentless War of Attrition

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Apple Pay embraced a number of industry standards, including NFC (near-field communications) for contact-less payments; secure element , a dedicated device chip; and network-based tokenization to protect sensitive financial data. Apple Pay was launched in September of 2014.

Is the Blockchain Now Reaching a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the early years of the IT industry, the proprietary products of different IT vendors did not work well with each other. Just sending an e-mail or exchanging information across systems based on different vendors’ networks and applications was quite a chore.

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The Future of Financial Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2010, the BBC and the British Museum collaborated in a project called A History of the World , based on one hundred objects from the collection of the British Museum, around which you can tell the history of humanity over the past two million years.

Skills and Jobs in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This was the case for much of the Industrial Revolution, as is the case today. “The Equipment : Equipment Maintenance, Installation, Operation Monitoring, Repairing, Systems analysis, Troubleshooting, ….

The Datafication of Business and Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Data science and datafication may be new, but the relationship between computing and data goes back to the early days of the IT industry.

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Why People and Companies Die While Cities Keep Growing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Dr. West is Distinguished Professor and Past President of the Santa Fe Institute (SFI), a non-profit research institute dedicated to the study of complex systems. A s the organisms grow larger, the delivery system fails to keep up with the growth in cells, so eventually the growth must stop.

The MIT Second Machine Age Conference

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The machines of the industrial economy, - the first age, - made up for our physical limitations, - steam engines enhanced our physical power, railroads and cars helped us go faster, and airplanes gave us the ability to fly. The DRC is another example of human-robot collaboration.

Securing the Foundations of our Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The widespread success of the Internet in the 1990s has led to a historical transition from the industrial age of the past two centuries to an economy and society increasingly based on global, digital interactions.

The Importance of Empathy in Our Services-Centric, People-Oriented Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The study conducted face-to-face, in-depth conversations with dozens of senior executives across companies in a broad range of industries and consulted with a number of other academic institutions.

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Personalization for Knowledge Workers

Xyleme

The Collaborative, High-Skill Worker. The 2013 high-skill knowledge worker is connected, mobile, global, dispersed and relies the new breed of communication, and collaboration technologies to do business. Content Development Industry Talk Instructional Design L&D

Blockchain Can Reshape Financial Services… But it Will Take Significant Time and Investment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Not only are there major technology and standards issues to be worked out, but the industry will have to collaborate with governments around the world to develop the appropriate legal frameworks and regulatory environments.

The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It has the potential to revolutionize the finance industry and transform many aspects of the digital economy. . The Internet and World Wide Web introduced a culture of standards to the IT industry. Transformational innovations don’t always play out as originally envisioned.

Design Thinking and the Workplace Experience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It’s highly iterative, collaborative and interdisciplinary, - involving users and stakeholders with technical and business skills through the whole design process. Collaboration, co-creation, co-production. Design has long played a major role in product innovation.

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Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Design thinking is now being applied to abstract entities, - e.g. systems, services, information and organizations, - as well as to devise strategies, manage change and solve complex problems. Design thinking has become an increasingly popular topic of discussion over the past decade.

As Big Data and AI Take Hold, What Will It Take to Be an Effective Executive?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

After asking these questions to senior managers across a broad range of industries, McKinsey concluded that two key things need to happen for technology to more deeply transform their jobs. In the end, this is what collaborative innovation is all about. .

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The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In my introductory remarks I noted that, arguably, nowhere is the challenge of cybersecurity greater than in the financial industries. I then mentioned some pertinent lessons that I’ve learned over my long career in the IT industry.

The Era of Cognitive Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Industrial Revolution led to dramatic improvements in productivity and standard of living over the past two hundred years. In this recently released excerpt , Kelly and Hamm point out that cognitive systems represent the third era in the history of computing.

The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

That can be from any number of different fields: an industrial designer, an architect, a social scientist, a business specialist or a mechanical engineer. The horizontal stroke of the T is the disposition for collaboration across disciplines.”.

The Continuing Evolution of the On-Demand Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The past few years have seen the rise of what’s been variously referred to as the on-demand, collaborative, sharing, or peer-to-peer economy. A Financial Times article reflected on what it means to be running “a collaborative business model within a capitalist framework.