IMD Global Center for Digital Business Transformation

Leadership, Digital Transformation

Agile Leadership in an Age of Digital Disruption

By Michael R. Wade, Andrew Tarling, Remy El Assir - 01/05/2017
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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Innovation

It’s time for Apple to buy these tech giants

By Michael R. Wade - 10/04/2017

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

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Interpersonal Leadership, Self-Leadership, Strategy

Smart City

By Michael R. Wade, Michel Peter Pfäffli, Raphaël Rollier, Blaise Vonlanthen - 30/03/2017

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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Information Technology, Innovation

How disruption is redefining leadership

By Michael R. Wade - 23/03/2017

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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Economics, Information Technology

How does the Snapchat IPO make any sense?

By Michael R. Wade - 02/03/2017

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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Strategy

Redefining Leadership for a Digital Age

02/03/2017

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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Innovation, Political Economy

It’s Swiss time!

By Arturo Bris, Michael R. Wade - 09/11/2016

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 ri ...

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Innovation

Digital Business Agility and Workforce Transformation

By Michael R. Wade, Jialu Shan, Andrew Tarling - 26/10/2016
Contributor: 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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Innovation, Strategy

Beware of the Value Vampires

By Michael R. Wade - 23/09/2016

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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Innovation

Strategies for Responding to Digital Disruption

By Michael R. Wade, Jialu Shan with Lindsay McTeague. - 02/09/2016
Contributor: 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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Information Technology, Innovation, Strategy

Where is Google placing its bets?

By Michael R. Wade - 31/08/2016

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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Information Technology, Innovation

Making the case for a new Olympic sporting category

By Michael R. Wade with Pierre-Luc Leboeuf. - 10/08/2016

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. Viewers ...

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Economics, Strategy

The art of retreat: If you are going to lose, do it like Uber

By Michael R. Wade - 03/08/2016

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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Economics, Strategy

How Yahoo tried (but failed) to go big, and is now going home

By Michael R. Wade - 27/07/2016

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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Economics, Strategy

Unilever buys Dollar Shave Club: desperate or strategic?

By Michael R. Wade - 27/07/2016

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 f ...

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Innovation

Digital Vortex

By Michael R. Wade with Jeff Loucks, James Macaulay, Andy Noronha. - 25/06/2016

"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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Finance, Information Technology

5 reasons why the acquisition of LinkedIn is a great move for Microsoft

By Michael R. Wade - 14/06/2016

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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Information Technology, Innovation

The only two things that matter for digital companies in China

By Michael R. Wade - 10/06/2016

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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Information Technology, Innovation

The digital business agility imperative

By Michael R. Wade, Andrew Tarling - 01/06/2016

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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Information Technology, Innovation

What is a Smart City anyways?

By Michael R. Wade - 11/05/2016

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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Innovation, Strategy

Four scenarios to stress test your strategy

By Michael R. Wade - 11/05/2016

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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Innovation, Strategy

The red envelope war

By Michael R. Wade, Jialu Shan - 13/04/2016

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 bec ...

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Innovation, Strategy

The battle for digital disruption: startups vs incumbents

By Michael R. Wade, Jialu Shan - 23/03/2016

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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Innovation, Strategy

Global differences in the digital vortex

By Michael R. Wade, Jialu Shan - 19/02/2016

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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Economics, Operations

Here Comes the Omnichain

By Carlos Cordon, Teresa Ferreiro - 11/01/2016

Abstract: The value chain encompasses all the activities involved in delivering a product or service to customers. In the pharmaceutical industry, for example, that includes everything from raw materi ...

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Information Technology, Innovation, Strategy

The Stark Choice of Digital Transformation: Evolve or Be Disrupted

By Donald A. Marchand, Mikolaj Jan Piskorski, Michael R. Wade, Anouk Lavoie Orlick with Susan Stehli. - 17/10/2015
Contributor: 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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Digital Transformation

Digital Business Transformation

By Michael R. Wade - 29/06/2015

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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