Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The concept of T-shaped skills was first introduced over 20 years ago, but its importance, - to both individuals and organizations, - has continued to rise. The growing demand for T-shaped skills points to the rise of the T-shaped organization.

The Simple, Economic Value of Artificial Intelligence

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently attended a very interesting talk , - Exploring the Impact of Artificial Intelligence: Prediction versus Judgment, - by University of Toronto professor Avi Goldfarb. The talk was based on recent research conducted with his UoT colleagues Ajay Agrawal and Joshua Gans.

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Peering into a Confusing, Paradoxical Future

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An ever-widening range of states, organizations, and empowered individuals will shape geopolitics. Every 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 Emerging Data Economy

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Our new big data tools now have the potential to usher an information-based scientific revolution on just about any domain of knowledge, - including people, and their varied interactions, organizations and institutions, - given our ability to now gather valuable data on almost any area of interest.

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The Growing Value of a Dual-Track Education

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A few weeks ago I read a very interesting article in The Chronicle of Higher Education , - Why Colleges Need to Embrace the Apprenticeship.

Serious AI Challenges that Require Our Attention

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A number of initiatives have been recently organized to address these and other AI long-term challenges, including the aforementioned One Hundred Year Study of AI , the Future of Life Institute and the Partnership on AI.

Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A truly complex system consists of many different kinds of parts, intricate organizations and highly different structures at different levels of scale. Over millions of years, biological organisms have developed redundant mechanisms to increase their chances of surviving disease or accidents.

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The Rise of the Platform Economy

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What do we mean by a platform ?

Creating More Intelligent Organizations

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organize these collaborations and enhance them with innovative IT-based. If so, is it possible to create more intelligent organizations? Another CCI project is aiming to answer these questions by trying to understand the intrinsic nature of intelligent organizations.

The Competitive Value of Data: From Analytics to Machine Learning

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A recent article by NY Times reporter Steve Lohr discussed the rising importance of data as a major competitive differentiator.

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Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities

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Organizations that can harness these capabilities effectively will be able to create significant value and differentiate themselves, while others will find themselves increasingly at a disadvantage.”.

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Automation Technologies and the Future of Work

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Last year, McKinsey launched a multi-year study to explore the potential impact of automation technologies on jobs, organizations and the future of work. “Can we look forward to vast improvements in productivity, freedom from boring work, and improved quality of life?,”

The Transformative Power of Cloud Computing

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I was recently involved in two different meetings, each convened by an IT research organization focused on providing strategic advice to CIOs. My participation in each of the CIO meetings was in the form of a fireside chat with a senior analyst of the organization.

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The Evolution of the Firm

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All that growth led to ever larger, multi-layered hierarchical organizations. Firms are organizations in which the different parts of the firm have an interchange with other parts of the firm,… it is a sociological problem not an economic problem…”. “I

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

From time immemorial, our identity systems have been based on face-to-face interactions and on physical documents and processes. But, the transition to a digital economy requires radically different identity systems.

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.

The Datafication of Business and Society

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Data science research and educational programs are being organized in universities around the world. Beyond their use in operations, the data generated by these various applications was also used to improve the efficiency, financial performance, and overall management of the organization.

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Disruptive Innovation Revisited

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Most of us who’ve studied or lived through them find Christensen’s work to be a useful explanation and organizing framework for understanding technology-based disruptions.

Trust and the On-Demand Economy

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Rather than existing as static and fixed organizations, more enterprises could essentially become an aggregation of specialized entities with complementary interests - expanding, contracting and reconfiguring themselves in a way that best adapts to or even anticipates market dynamics.”.

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The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

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Organs-on-chips — “Miniature models of human organs could revolutionize medical research and drug discovery by allowing researchers to see biological mechanism behaviors in ways never before possible.”.

Open Innovation 2.0

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Product service systems - Organizations need to move from just delivering products to also delivering related services that improve sustainability as well as profitability… The ultimate goal of open innovation 2.0

Design Thinking and the Workplace Experience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As noted in one of the HBR articles , design-centric organizations are adamantly focused on their customer’ needs, rather than on their internal operational efficiencies. Design has long played a major role in product innovation.

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The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

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Over time, many companies ended up with large numbers of relatively small, under-utilized servers distributed across the organization. I recently saw a very interesting presentation , - From Cloud to Fog: The Internet of Things , - by Cisco executive Michael Enescu.

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The Puzzling Technology Adoption Discrepancy Between Individuals and Institutions

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In the case of the 2013 Shift Index, the story centers on the puzzling discrepancy in technology adoption between individuals and organizations. Since the publication of its first report in 2009, I’ve closely followed the Shift Index initiative of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The hierarchic organization that prevailed in the 20th century was appropriate to a production oriented, industrial economy, but it will not work so well in the more global and fast-changing digital economy.

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

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It’s much more difficult to make accurate predictions in social systems, - whose key components are people, organizations and their intricate interactions, - because of their highly fluctuating behaviors.

Competing Against “Digital Invaders”

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The report organized its findings and recommendations into three main areas: Preparing for digital invaders; Creating a panoramic perspective; and Be first, be best or be nowhere.

The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

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The companies with the highest returns on their technology investments did more than just buy technology; they invested in organizational capital to become digital organizations. Digital technologies are all around us, - increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized.

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The Continuing, Transformative Impact of IT

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Companies have learned how to become effective digital organizations. Last month, the McKinsey Global Institute published Ten IT-enabled business trends for the decade ahead. As is generally the case with McKinsey, this is a well researched, well written report. There are few surprises.

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Reflections on the Nature of Human Organizations

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For most of history, the vast majority of people lived in farms and villages, and worked in relatively small organizations. . We learned that in many cases, our human organizations are more efficient the larger they are. Furthermore, larger organizations are typically accompanied by an increase in human interactions which improve their overall creativity and potential for innovation. All that growth generally leads to ever larger, multi-layered hierarchical organizations.

Leadership in a Changing World

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Organizations need a modicum of stability to function effectively. What are the critical competencies needed to lead in our fast-changing business environment?

AI and Public Policy

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The report is organized into three main sections: Section I described the key research trends influencing AI’s future; Section II examined the key economic sectors that are most likely to be impacted by AI; and Section III looked into issues surrounding AI and public policy.

The Collaborative, Sharing Economy

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A few weeks ago I wrote about my recent participation in the 2013 Roundtable on Institutional Innovation , an Aspen Institute event that took a close look at the impact of digital technologies on the evolution of companies and other organizations.

Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle

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The book is organized into three main sections. T]hese seven principles can serve as a guide to designing the next generation of high-performance and innovative companies, organizations and institutions.

The Internet, Blockchain, and the Evolution of Foundational Innovations

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They govern interactions among nations, organizations, communities, and individuals. Individuals, organizations, machines, and algorithms would freely transact and interact with one another with little friction.”.

Why Do We Need Data Science when We’ve Had Statistics for Centuries?

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This opportunity requires a fundamental shift in organizational culture, one seen in organizations that have embraced the emerging world of data for decision making.”.

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The Analog Foundations of the Digital Revolution

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Efficiency : By enabling the automation and coordination of business processes across the organization, digital technologies have significantly promoted efficiency across the whole economy.

The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World

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During this period, I was involved in organizing emerging business opportunities at IBM, including the Internet and Linux. Communications have played a major role in my work over the past few decades.

Why Some Work Groups Thrive While Others Falter

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Within companies and conglomerates, as well as in government agencies and schools, teams are now the fundamental unit of organization.

Preparing Students for an Increasingly Complex Business World

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We sometimes forget that while exciting, disruptive innovations are indeed disruptive , not only in the marketplace, but also for individuals and groups in our own organization.