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Joshua Gans on Prediction Machines

Podcast Recorded: May 2018
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Finance
Podcast Guest: Joshua Gans

Joshua Gans is a professor of strategic management and holds the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair in Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. His research is primarily focused on understanding the economic drivers of innovation and scientific progress, and has core interests in digital strategy and antitrust policy. Joshua serves on the editorial board of Management Science, managing director of the Core Research consultancy and writes regularly for Forbes, HBR and Digitopoly.

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Leadership in the Digital Age: A Webinar with Marc Beretta of HEC Paris

Podcast Recorded: May 2018
  • Leadership & Change
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Podcast Guest: Marc Beretta

Marc Beretta is Academic Director of Executive Programs at the top-ranked international business school HEC Paris. He started his career managing people in finance before becoming a certified coach and an international consultant and founder and CEO of Inis alga®. He also teaches on the TRIUM program (HEC Paris, London School of Economics, New York University).

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Prediction Machines

Book Published: April 2018
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Strategy
Authors: Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, Avi Goldfarb

Artificial Intelligence is currently gripping the business world, being the next step on the journey from Big Data to full automation. For business executives it is often a slightly mystical concept, offering both dramatic cost-cutting opportunity as many routine human roles are replaced with ever-present, ever-reliable machines, and also threatening many long-standing businesses with being swept away like horse-drawn carriages with the coming of the automobile. Currently, the truth is less dramatic with AI tools making incremental advances and their limitations being as frustrating as...

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Conquering Digital Overload

Book Published: January 2018
  • Leadership & Change
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • CSR & Governance
Authors: Peter Thomson, Mike Johnson, J. Michael Devlin (editors)

In a world where digitalization is increasing the speed and volume of every business process and activity, many workers, and almost all knowledge workers, find themselves constantly drenched by a firehose of new data whether that be simple emails or WhatsApp messages, or management analytics created by bots, or news and views from customers or suppliers. This torrent of information is overwhelming - and creates an unsustainable environment for people to work effectively. This book explores that dilemma, and perhaps errs more in highlighting the issues than providing solutions. But that is...

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Digital Transformation

Book Published: October 2017
  • Strategy
  • Operations
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Leadership & Change
Authors: Lindsay Herbert

Digital Transformation' is a common buzzphrase today, that many executives use as a catchall to cover the complexity of what is needed without really understanding what it means. Herbert defines it as "your company's ability to react and successfully utilize new technologies and procedures - now and in the future".

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Interior, Wolf Kibel, 1930-35 (Courtesy: Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town)

Business Templates that Succeed in 'Bottom of the Pyramid' Environments

Idea posted: June 2017
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Operations

A new company first succeeds by creating a template for doing business — a working system of organizational routines and practices. It then scales its business by replicating that template. In bottom of the pyramid environments, however, the development and replication of templates can be hindered by the extreme conditions in which organizations must operate.

Idea #659
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Paris Diving Exhibition January 12, 2015

Choosing the Right Innovation Partners

Idea posted: November 2016
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship

New research describes how the most effective collaborative behaviour (i.e. the type of technology partner firms you decide to pursue) can depend on whether your industry emphasizes R&D and innovation — or whether it is more technologically stable. 

Idea #629
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Orville and Wilbur Wright examine canoe fittings before the first flight over water, 1909 (Courtesy: Library of Congress)

Uncovering the Elements of Knowledge at the Heart of Innovation

Idea posted: April 2016
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Institutions: Dartmouth College

An innovative new idea is purposefully built by combining elements of knowledge — a daunting task of intuition, elimination and focus.

Idea #598
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The Closed Bank, Edoardo Matania, 1870s (Courtesy: Dorotheum www.dorotheum.com)

Crowdfunding Still Attracts Local Investors to Local Ventures

Idea posted: April 2016
  • Finance
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs seeking funding through crowdfunding Internet platforms must still overcome the ‘home bias’ of investors — that is, their preference for funding projects located close to their homes.  

Idea #593
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The Architect’s Dream, Thomas Cole, 1840 (Courtesy: Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, USA)

How Successful Megaprojects Are Games of Innovation

Idea posted: March 2016
  • CSR & Governance
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Operations

Megaprojects are not so much linear constructions of grand designs, but more a ‘game’ of innovation between players slowly ‘shaping,’ through a series of episodes, the project over time.

Idea #587
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