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Our team will introduce a major thought leadership deliverable approximately once per quarter. We will also issue other, smaller-scale content on a rolling basis.

June 2017

By Lauren Buckalew, Michael R. Wade, James Macaulay, Tawfik Jelassi

Just as the private sector must transform to thrive in the Digital Vortex, so must public sector organizations. In truth, governments have been pursuing transformation for decades. In the Digital...

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June 2017

By Michael R. Wade, Jialu Shan, Andy Noronha

A peripheral concern for most firms in 2015, digital disruption now impacts half of companies globally - and has become a top-of-mind issue at the board level.  Our latest research uncovered these and...

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June 2017

By Michael R. Wade, Andy Noronha, James Macaulay, Joel Barbier

As we enter the second year of the IMD-Cisco collaboration, the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation is turning its research lens to a different set of questions that are top-of-mind for...

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May 2017

By Michael R. Wade, Andrew Tarling, Remy El Assir
Contributor: Rainer Neubauer.

Over 90 executives attended a recent IMD Discovery Event to learn about the leadership knowledge, skills and behaviors required to succeed in a digitally disruptive environment. New research from the...

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April 2017

By Michael R. Wade

As Apple’s stock climbed to its fifth record in March on Tuesday, and it’s 11th record this year, it’s a good time to take a serious look at what the tech giant should take on...

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March 2017

By Michael R. Wade, Michel Peter Pfäffli, Raphaël Rollier, Blaise Vonlanthen

Making cities ‘smarter’ is a hot topic. Using data and advances in technology cities are analysing and tackling the challenges of modern urban life. Smart cities are taking on issues like healthcare,...

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March 2017

By Michael R. Wade

Imagine that you are an executive overseeing retail banking at a large financial services company. In addition to the normal challenges you face as one of the company’s leaders, you are confronted wit...

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March 2017

By Michael R. Wade

The shares of Snap will start to trade on the US markets today. The IPO price of $17 per share values the company at about $24B. Based on interest in the shares (they were ten times over-subscribed),...

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March 2017

By Michael R. Wade, Andrew Tarling, Rainer Neubauer

What does it mean to be an effective leader in an environment characterized by increasing digital disruption? To address this question, the DBT Center undertook a major study along with specialist HR...

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November 2016

By Arturo Bris, Michael R. Wade

Opportunities for greatness are rare, and all notable success stories can be traced back to someone, somewhere making exactly the right move at just the right time. One of those rare moments exists...

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October 2016

By Michael R. Wade, Jialu Shan, Andrew Tarling
Contributors: Jeff Loucks, James Macaulay, Andy Noronha, Joel Barbier.

In  May  2016,  around 80 executives from 42 global organizations attended an IMD Discovery  Event hosted by the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation.  The aim of the event was to explore...

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October 2016

By Michael R. Wade, Michel Peter Pfäffli, Raphaël Rollier, Blaise Vonlanthen
Contributors: Remy El Assir, Andrew Tarling.

Smart City How “Smart” will your city be in the future? The term is currently used as a catch-all for diverse city-wide development initiatives and concepts. But city leaders, mayors and department...

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September 2016

By Michael R. Wade

Have you ever wondered how companies like Uber, Amazon and Spotify can offer such low prices, make such low profit margins but still continue to operate? You’re not the only one. In our work at the...

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September 2016

By Michael R. Wade, Jialu Shan with Lindsay McTeague.
Contributors: Jeff Loucks, James Macaulay, Andy Noronha.

  In February 2016, around 70 executives attended an IMD Discovery Event hosted by the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation. The purpose was to shed light on strategic responses to digita...

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August 2016

By Michael R. Wade

Google is well aware of its vulnerability. More than 90% of the company’s revenues and almost all of its profits come from search-related advertising. As long as people click ads on computers, tablets...

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August 2016

By Michael R. Wade with Pierre-Luc Leboeuf.

You are probably watching the Olympics this week, supporting your home country and cheering on your favorite athletes. It seems to us, however, that the Olympic games are in need of a refresh....

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August 2016

By Michael R. Wade

Uber announced that it is selling its Chinese operations to Didi Chuxing, its great Chinese nemesis. Uber is exiting the very market that its CEO Travis Kalanick declared to be, “the #1 priority for...

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July 2016

By Michael R. Wade

I remember the early days of the Internet when the Yahoo directory was my home page. Capturing, categorizing, and presenting the Internet in a clickable tree structure was doable back then, and Yahoo...

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July 2016

By Michael R. Wade

Unilever announced last week that it would purchase Dollar Shave Club for $1 billion. On the surface, this may look like yet another desperate attempt by a lumbering legacy giant to buy (and overpay...

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June 2016

By Michael R. Wade with Jeff Loucks, James Macaulay, Andy Noronha.

"Digital disruption" sounds like another business buzzword - until it happens to your company. Seemingly out of nowhere, startups and other tech-savvy disruptors attack. Your customers bolt for the do...

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June 2016

By Michael R. Wade

26.2 billion! That seems like a big ticket price, but Microsoft is getting a good deal. Here are the top reasons why the acquisition makes sense for Microsoft.  First, LinkedIn is undervalued. Even...

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June 2016

By Michael R. Wade

I recently spent a week visiting companies in China, trying to learn as much as I could about digital transformation and trends in that country. I suspected that there were major differences between h...

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June 2016

By Michael R. Wade, Andrew Tarling

Digital disruption has the potential to overturn incumbents and reshape markets faster than at any time in history. Many companies will benefit enormously from digitization. Others will not. The real...

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May 2016

By Michael R. Wade

The term “Smart City” has lately become a buzzword for anyone involved in governing a city, yet it remains opaque and relatively ill-defined. Currently, the term is used as a catch-all for various...

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May 2016

By Michael R. Wade

Change has been relentless since the turn of the millennium, and the pace of change is only expected to accelerate as we move into the next decade. Several factors are contributing to this acceleratio...

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May 2016

By Michael R. Wade, Jeff Loucks, Andy Noronha, James Macaulay

Workforce transformation New research by the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation shows that it’s not just algorithms and architectures that are needed, companies must also transform thei...

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April 2016

By Michael R. Wade, Jialu Shan

In a tradition spanning more than 500 years, Chinese people have been giving each other money in red envelopes, called hongbao , as part of the annual New Year celebrations. These hongbao have now...

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April 2016

By Mikolaj Jan Piskorski, Carlos Cordon

Firms today are beginning to understand the importance of social and digital media to their corporate strategies. They have struggled to survive during a period that has greatly threatened their...

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March 2016

By Michael R. Wade, Jialu Shan

The Global Center for Digital Business Transformation, an IMD and Cisco initiative, surveyed nearly 1000 executives across 15 industries about their attitudes and behaviors towards digital disruption....

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February 2016

By Michael R. Wade, Jialu Shan

Digital disruption is a global phenomenon, but that does not mean that it is evenly distributed across the globe. The Global Center for Digital Business Transformation, an IMD and Cisco initiative...

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November 2015

By Joseph Bradley, Jeff Loucks, Michael R. Wade, Andy Noronha, James Macaulay
Contributors: Jialu Shan, Remy El Assir.

Value Vampires The DBT Center has defined a ‘value vampire’ as a company whose competitive advantage shrinks the overall market size. They are not simply companies that produce better mousetraps - wha...

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November 2015

By Michael R. Wade, Jeff Loucks, James Macaulay, Andy Noronha

Disruptive Business Models – Providing Customer Value To understand the workings of digital disruption, the DBT Center examined the business models of more than a hundred top digital disruptors....

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November 2015

By Michael R. Wade, Jeff Loucks, Andy Noronha, James Macaulay

Disruptor and Disrupted The pace of technological change, business model innovation, and the blending of industries accelerate as companies are drawn into the Digital Vortex. At the DBT Center we are...

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October 2015

By Donald A. Marchand, Mikolaj Jan Piskorski, Michael R. Wade, Anouk Lavoie Orlick with Susan Stehli.
Contributors: Jim Barrington, Christian Bucheli, Filippo Passerini.

  Over 100 participants from all over the world gathered at IMD in May 2015 to hear Professors Michael Wade and Donald Marchand, along with their guest speakers, talk about “Digital Business Disruptio...

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June 2015

By Michael R. Wade

Digital Business Transformation There is a great deal of hype these days about ‘digital transformation’ - the term is often used but rarely defined. And although it can be summarized simply as ‘...

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