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. How can you best understand the impact of disruptive technologies on something as deeply human as culture?

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?

Metrics for Building, Scaling, and Funding Social Movements

Beth Kanter

The report addresses metrics for success for investing in broad field social movements or networked approaches to social change. These metrics are more qualitative in nature which makes them more difficult to define, capture, and track.

The Puzzling Technology Adoption Discrepancy Between Individuals and Institutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Shift Index is composed of 25 metrics grouped into three major indices that render explicit some of the major drivers behind this historical transformations. This discrepancy in technology adoption has been observed for the past few years.

Did Zappos Just Ruin Their Culture Or Is It A Brilliant Org Redesign?

Dan Pontefract

In a word, it’s all about “ culture.” Their collaborative mindset is infectious, one that encourages everyone to scale the culture. It’s an act of recognition, but it’s the opportunity for all Zappos employees to scale the culture.

Should Employees Be Incented to Use Social Technologies?

Dan Pontefract

Social collaboration technologies such as internal instances of blogging, micro-blogging, video sharing, discussion forums, idea sharing, wikis, and so on are all key aspects of being collaborative. Which brings me to the question, “ Should employees be incented to use social technologies ?”.

eLearning Costs : eLearning Technology

Tony Karrer

eLearning Technology Tony Karrers eLearning Blog on e-Learning Trends eLearning 2.0 eLearning Technology - 6:39 AM 14 comments links to eLearning Costs Permalink: eLearning Costs Bookmark this page at: 14 Comments: At 9/10/2009 08:58:00 AM , Karl Kapp said. If you are interested in designing a learning experience, then no one metric fits. We have found that our investment in Motion Capture technology makes a big difference in costs and pricing.

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What Machine Learning Can and Cannot Do

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Artificial intelligence is rapidly becoming one of the most important technologies of our era. The ultimate scope and scale of further advances in ML may rival or exceed that of earlier general-purpose technologies like the internal combustion engine or electricity.

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AI and The Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

New technologies have been replacing workers and transforming economies over the past two centuries. But, over time, these same technologies led to the creation of whole new industries and new jobs.

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AI and the Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given the proper context, there are no inherent inconsistencies between having both transformative technological advances and lagging productivity. Another possibility is that the productivity benefits of new technologies are being enjoyed by a relatively small fraction of the economy.

Open Letter on the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We met out in Silicon Valley to discuss how technology was driving an economic transformation. We concluded that the effects on wealth and income are already significant, and emerging technologies promise greater effects in the coming decade.

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Disruptive Innovation Revisited

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Lepore’s article may well be part of a growing backlash against the relentless advances in technology. One of these metrics is the topple rate , a measure of how rapidly companies lose their leadership position. Technology-based disruptions are now new.

Global Trends and Business Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Companies that correctly identify and ride the tailwinds of technology and market trends will generally perform significantly better than companies for whom these same trends become tough headwinds. Traditional globalization metrics like trade and financial flows have slowed down.

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Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Big data ,- including analytics , data science , artificial intelligence and related information-based technologies - are now everywhere. “Is The convergence of several technology trends is accelerating progress.

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The Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year the McKinsey Global Institute published The Productivity Puzzle , a report that takes a close look at the sharp decline in US productivity since 2014 despite continuing advances in digital technologies.

Is the Link Now Broken Between Innovation, Jobs and a Higher Standard of Living?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given the torrid pace of technology advances and new ideas, how come the US is continuing to experience slow economic growth, stagnant wages and high long-term unemployment? Previous technological innovation has always delivered more long-run employment, not less.

A Data Science Approach to Organizational Health

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Advances in technology are eroding the prevailing business models in industry after industry. The research further showed that the healthiest overall companies had a distinct organizational culture as opposed to trying to be great in all 37 management practices.

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The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Digital technologies are all around us, - increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized. The ICT (information and communications technologies) sector is the engine of digitization for the broader economy. Digital technologies now touch the economy in myriads of ways.

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The Global Business Environment: Success or Struggle?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Deloitte’s Shift Index aims to understand the long term transformations in the global business environment by tracking 25 metrics over more than 40 years. These metrics provide a comprehensive picture of the evolution and impact of advances in digital technologies and changes in public policy over that time span. These pressures are felt by executives charged with pursuing profitable growth and workers who must stay relevant as technology and business models change.” .

What Machine Learning Can and Cannot Do

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Artificial intelligence is rapidly becoming one of the most important technologies of our era. Over the past few years, the necessary ingredients have come together to take AI across the threshold : powerful, inexpensive computer technologies; huge amounts of data; and advanced algorithms, especially machine learning. Every day we can read about the latest AI advances from startups and large companies.

The Startup Version of the Wealth Gap

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Digital technologies are inexpensive and ubiquitous, startups have access to all kind of cloud-based business services, and customers can now be easily reached and supported over mobile devices. The study is focused on VC-backed US companies in the technology space founded since 2000.

The Slow, Steady March Towards Digital Money

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last year’s symposium introduced the Digital Money Readiness Index , a set of global metrics to help quantify digital money adoption based on various measures of socio-economic development. Culture plays a role as well.

AI and the Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given the proper context, there are no inherent inconsistencies between having both transformative technological advances and lagging productivity. Over the past two centuries we’ve learned that there’s generally a significant time lag between the broad acceptance of new technology-based paradigms and the ensuing economic transformation and institutional recomposition. Implementation and Technology Lags.

Future of Work: Add Open Leadership, Enterprise 2.0, Connected Learning and Mix

Dan Pontefract

From my vantage point, (and what my book is trying to depict) our organizations are built on 19th century learning styles coupled by 20th century leadership models fused with 21st century technologies. connected learning Culture engagement enterprise 2.0

AI and The Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

New technologies have been replacing workers and transforming economies over the past two centuries. But, over time, these same technologies led to the creation of whole new industries and new jobs. While the technologies of the industrial economy helped to make up for our physical limitations, the technologies of the digital economy are now enhancing our cognitive capabilities.

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Steven Berlin Johnson

stevenberlinjohnson.com « The Battle Of The Books | Main | » "We have for years allowed ourselves to be held hostage to one metric only," says Jay R. Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Todays Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter The title says it all.

The Citi-Imperial Digital Money Readiness Index

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We looked at digital money as a highly complex sociotechnical ecosystem, that is, a technology-intensive system that has major societal, economic and political implications, like cities, healthcare and education.

How B Corps Just Might Eliminate the Foolishness of Maximizing Shareholder Return

Dan Pontefract

Whereas a traditional for-profit company is (usually) judged solely on its financial performance — with shareholder return being the de rigour metric of the past 30 years — a B Corp judges both financial and qualitative metrics as a basis for its success.

Measuring the Forces of Long Term Change

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The semi-log graphs associated with Moore’s Law have since become a visual metaphor for the technology revolution unleashed by the exponential improvements of just about all digital components, from processing speeds and storage capacity to networking bandwidth and pixels. But, while the dramatic advances in digital technologies have been well measured and quantified, their impact on firms, economies and individuals has been more anecdotal.

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The Science of Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Innovation - identified by MIT economist and Nobel laureate Robert Solow as the driver of long-term, sustainable economic growth and prosperity - has been a hallmark of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since its inception.” Contractual/Cultural Infrastructure.

The Evolution Toward Digital Supply Chains

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Successful companies will need to take advantage of new management practices, a continuously expanding data reservoir, and new technologies relevant to Digital Supply Chains, if they are to achieve future competitive advantage and delight their customers.

Beyond GDP - Measuring Value in a Service-oriented, Information-based, Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

economic growth; but if our metrics of performance are flawed, so too. Traditional metrics have not been adequate for the information economy because so much of the digital economy has been free.

The Digitization of the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

MIT just launched a new Initiative for the Digital Economy to systematically address the impact of digital technologies on business, the economy and society. This excellent short book focused on the impact of digital technologies on jobs, skills, wages and the overall economy. .

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Future of Work: Add Open Leadership, Enterprise 2.0, Connected Learning and Mix

Dan Pontefract

From my vantage point, (and what my book is trying to depict) our organizations are built on 19th century learning styles coupled by 20th century leadership models fused with 21st century technologies.

Two-Speed IT Architectures

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These older companies have to both leverage the back-end systems, processes and overall capabilities that have served them well over the years, while adopting innovative consumer-facing technologies to enhance their customers’ experiences.

Managing Transformative Initiatives - Some Lessons Learned

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Whether it’s cloud computing in the IT industry, over-the-top (OTT) content in media, mobil digital payments in finance, or data science just about everywhere, industry after industry continues to be radically transformed by technology-based disruptive innovations.

The Only Person Who Behaves Sensibly Is My Tailor

Charles Jennings

Shaw summed up his views on lifelong learning thus: "What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real." A parallel path to learning metrics.

Innovation in Higher Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The first is a disruptive technology enabler. According to Christensen et al: “Online learning appears to be this technology enabler for higher education. But we should no longer force those institutions that are focused on teaching and learning to compete on the same metrics and play by the same rules.

Infrastructure and integration

Clark Quinn

The categories were Culture, Formal Learning, Performance Support, eCommunity, Metrics, and Infrastructure. strategy technologyWhen I wrote the L&D Revolution book, I created a chart that documented the different stages that L&D could go through on the way. I look at it again, and I see that I got (at least) one thing slightly off, as I talked about content and it’s more, it’s about integration and infrastructure.

Money Doesn't Necessarily Buy Competitive Advantage

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, as Michael Schrage , a Research Fellow in MIT’s Center for Digital Business wrote in an FT article in November of 2005: “Any policymaker, chief executive or innovation champion who relies on R&D intensity and R&D budgets as a meaningful or usable metric to assess global competitiveness virtually guarantees shoddy analysis and distorted decisions. Just about every company will tell you that innovation is one of its highest priorities.

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The Evolution Toward Digital Supply Chains

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Successful companies will need to take advantage of new management practices, a continuously expanding data reservoir, and new technologies relevant to Digital Supply Chains, if they are to achieve future competitive advantage and delight their customers. Several breakthrough technologies will have a major impact on manufacturing and delivery over the next several years. Managing Technology - Enterprise/Platform Agility and Customer Visibility.

Embracing Disruptive Innovations: Organizational Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The culture of the institution may not be able to stretch enough to implement the needed changes, even when the very survival of the organization is at stake. It gave us both a marketplace-based mission and a new ground for our own behaviors and operating practices - in other words, culture.

Reflections on 15 years

Clark Quinn

For Inside Learning & Technologies 50th edition, a number of us were asked to provide reflections on what has changed over the past 15 years. The technology we had then was pretty powerful, and that has only increased in the past 15 years. So the technology was no longer a barrier, even then. Regardless of whether we overestimated the value proposition, it is still quite the technology feat. And, ultimately a learning culture will be necessitated.