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 Fourth Industrial Revolution - Risks and Benefits

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) was the central theme of the 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) that took place a year ago in Davos, Switzerland. Dr. Schwab positions the 4IR within the historical context of three previous industrial revolutions.

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A ‘Field of Dreams’ Industry

Clark Quinn

It feels like the L&D industry is living in a world where they take orders and produce courses and trust that it all works. The post A ‘Field of Dreams’ Industry appeared first on Learnlets.

Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How can we best anticipate the future of a complex, fast changing industry like IT? What can we learn from the IT industry’s 60-year history that might help us better prepare for whatever lies ahead? Cloud represents the industrialization of the data center.

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There Is Nothing Wrong With The Term ‘Company Culture’

Dan Pontefract

The headline from Harvard Business Review read, Why “Company Culture” Is a Misleading Term. “Organizational culture is assumed to be important to making sure that employees are happy and productivity is good. ” Is there no “company culture” present in Japan?

The Tale of Two Cultures

Jay Cross

Snow wrote an essay describing the “two cultures, whose thesis was that ‘the intellectual life of the whole of western society’ was split into two cultures — namely the sciences and the humanities — and that this was a major hindrance to solving the world’s problems.

Technology, Media and Culture - the Best of Times or the Worst of Times?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab (AIL) was founded in 2010 to study the transformational impact of technology on culture and on the media industries. But, he also notes that these changes are hitting the media industries particularly hard.

Why Lean Programs Fail—Where Toyota Succeeds: A New Culture of Learning

Steve Denning

A new culture of learning. A new culture of learning in education. In their exciting new book, A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change , Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown show how the same issues play out in the education system.

The Tale of Two Cultures

Jay Cross

Snow wrote an essay describing the “two cultures, whose thesis was that ‘the intellectual life of the whole of western society’ was split into two cultures — namely the sciences and the humanities — and that this was a major hindrance to solving the world’s problems.

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.

The Economic and Cultural Polarization of America

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For most of our nation’s history, whatever the inequality in wealth between the richest and poorest citizens, we maintained a cultural equality known nowhere else in the world - for whites, anyway.” There was a common civic culture, - the American way of life , - “that swept an extremely large proportion of Americans of all classes into its embrace. You might say the country has bifurcated into different social tribes, with a tenuous common culture linking them.”

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. There will not be a single blockchain but many, some of which may serve specific industries or geographies.

The Long Term Impact of AI on Jobs - Some Lessons from History

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

People have long worried about the impact of technology on society, be it 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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A linchpin culture

Harold Jarche

In our post-industrial world, though, fac­tory worship is a non star­ter. and he hits the nail on the head that the industrial model for work design is no longer of much use. Becoming a linchpin is the first challenge, but enabling a linchpin culture is the greater one.

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.

Peering into a Confusing, Paradoxical Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Diversity Economic Issues Education and Talent Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and CultureEvery four years since 1997, the US National Intelligence Council has been publishing a Global Trends report on the key trends that will shape the world over the following twenty years.

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The Growing Value of a Dual-Track Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Economic Issues Education and Talent Management and Leadership Society and Culture Technology and StrategyA few weeks ago I read a very interesting article in The Chronicle of Higher Education , - Why Colleges Need to Embrace the Apprenticeship.

The Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Secular stagnation, said Summers, is the reason behind this unusual situation. “The economies of the industrial world, in this view, suffer from an imbalance resulting from an increasing propensity to save and a decreasing propensity to invest.

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We’ve adopted a philosophy of hiring the talent where it is, promote hard work and high quality of life, and have cultivated a virtual culture of global collaboration and communication. Content Development Industry Talk Instructional Design L&D

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. You must be sincerely interested in understanding other cultural preferences and choices.” .

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. Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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The Rise of the Platform Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Platforms have long played a key role in the IT industry. Not surprisingly, the 6 companies offering both innovation and transactional platforms, are the giants in the industry, - Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Alibaba and XiaoMi, - with almost 50% of the global market value.

Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given rapid technological advances, the question for companies now is how to integrate new capabilities into their operations and strategies - and position themselves in a world where analytics can upend entire industries.”.

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The Competitive Value of Data: From Analytics to Machine Learning

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Such competitive concerns have long applied to hardware and software platforms in the IT industry. Artificial Intelligence Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

Disruptive Innovation Revisited

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Not only does it have a meanness that isn’t warranted, but it leaves the reader with an unanswered question: if Clay''s theories are not helpful (and I still believe they are), how do we explain the cascading disruptions that are playing out in markets and industries around the world?” .

Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The School of Design in London’s Royal College of Art has long been expanding the boundaries of industrial design. Complex Systems Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This was generally the case during the industrial age of the past two centuries, when according to experts like Carlota Perez , we had a major technology revolution every 50 - 60 years, when new technologies emerged from the labs into the marketplace, disrupting existing industries and jobs.

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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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Digital Identity - the Key to Privacy and Security in the Digital World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blockchain technologies can play a major role in identity applications, as both an information storage and transfer mechanism, while digital identities are key enablers of blockchain-based applications in a variety of industries.

Trust and the On-Demand Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Not unlike their industrial economy counterparts, these new on-demand firms are tying to become trusted brands in their chosen market segment, but relying on a large freelance workforce instead of on the classic company workforce.

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Is FinTech Forcing Banking to a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past few decades, digital technologies have been systematically transforming one industry after another. While this digital disruption journey is ultimately inevitable, the pace varies widely across industries. Is the digital revolution finally reaching the banking industry?

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Governance and Pragmatism: Moving Beyond “The Culture of No”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But sometimes the transgressions engulf a number of companies in an industry, as was the case with the events leading to the recent global financial crisis , in which a number of financial institutions were involved. Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround ,” former IBM Chairman and CEO Lou Gerstner wrote about the bureaucratic culture that contributed greatly to the near-death experience IBM went through in the early 1990s. Lou called it A Culture of “No.”. “I

What’s the Value of Blockchain?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

and how will it transform their particular business and industry? We developed a number of concrete prototypes working closely with customers across a variety of industries, from which we learned a lot about requirements for products and services.

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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Defining A Leader’s Duty Of Care

Dan Pontefract

But when you drill down into Imperative’s data, you will discover that the lowest vertical is the retail/wholesale industry. It would fundamentally change the culture and performance of the organization,” was Aaron’s reply.

Preparing Students for an Increasingly Complex Business World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In its first phase, the study conducted face-to-face, in-depth conversations with 75 senior executives across companies in a broad range of industries, including automobile, banking consulting, consumer products and technology.

Lessons In Culture From United Airlines

Dan Pontefract

Specifically, I wanted to know if she felt their new CEO, Oscar Muñoz, would bring any change to the company, its culture and its operating practices. “Oh It seems Mr. Muñoz wants to unite its corporate culture, in an attempt to improve its operations. Photographer: Patrick T.

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 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. It’s not so easy to be good at both operations and strategy because they require fairly different talents and cultures.

Why Are We Stuck in a World of Slow Economic Growth? Nobody Seems to Know

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Secular stagnation , says Summers, is the reason behind this unusual situation. “The economies of the industrial world, in this view, suffer from an imbalance resulting from an increasing propensity to save and a decreasing propensity to invest.