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Navigating Continual Disruption -

Friday, July 18, 2014

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.                       Session I. The Processes of Continual Disruption
Whether Carlota Perez or Thomas Kuhn, the conventional wisdom, backed by thorough studies through the end of the 20th Century, has been that economic and societal activities move in shifts, followed by a rounding off period of stabilization that absorbs those shifts.  More recently, in The Big Shift, John Hagel and John Seely Brown argue that the velocity and extent of paradigm shifts increase so that there is no longer an expectation of rounding off.  In other words, thanks to advances in bandwidth, storage, and computing, resulting in significant changes in cloud, mobile, social and big data, we are in a world of continual disruption. This session will examine that postulate and suggest how it may or may not be a critical outlook as organizations navigate their futures.

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.                     Session II. Disrupting What? A Couple of Case Studies
This session will delve more deeply into the topic of the first session by examining two case studies where disruption didn’t stop.  What were the relevant disruptions?  How did the companies or ecosystems react?

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                         Session III.  Reshaping Ecosystems
If the successful business of tomorrow requires not just knowledge of one’s ecosystems, but rather a hand in shaping that ecosystem, then it is important to gain the right perspective, the right attitude and the right shaping mechanisms.  This session will discuss how organizations might strategize to reach those objectives.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.                       Session IV.  Platforms at the Edge of Disruption
What are the essential elements for an ecosystem to thrive in a period of continual disruption?  How can an organization that wants to shape that ecosystem create platforms that enable them?  This session will explore both infrastructural and service platforms that shape ecosystems and the strategies necessary to foster them.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                      Session V.  Leadership in an Era of Disruption

Leaders articulate visions and motivate others to bring about that vision.  How is leadership different in the current atmosphere?  How should leaders bring out leadership throughout their organizations?