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Conceal or Reveal? Transparency Strategies for Business Advantage

This paper provides an overview of the state of business transparency today – its drivers, dimensions, opportunities and risks.  While there will always be trade-offs between secrecy and openness, the tide is clearly moving toward the latter, and now is the time for market-leading firms to get serious about planning for the many information management changes ahead.  

Today, business transparency is in its very early stages, but we expect that the implications for companies, individuals and society at large will become steadily more profound, as modern technologies demand ever more openness, exposure and connectivity.

Read and comment on the blog posts on this topic:

March 2012:  Business Transparency - Finding the Right Balance for your Firm

December 2011:  Key Messages from our Recent Transparency Research – Conceal or Reveal? Transparency Strategies for Business Advantage

November 2011:  Learning to 'Leak Strategically' Recommended Reading on Transparency



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David Moschella
Research Fellow
David Moschella, based in the United States, is a Research Fellow for Leading Edge Forum.  David's focus is on industry disruptions, machine intelligence and related business model strategies.  David was previously Global Research Director of the programme. David’s key areas of expertise include globalization, industry restructuring, disruptive technologies, and the co-evolution of business and IT.  He is the author of multiple research reports, including Disrupting the Professions through Machine Learning and Digital Trust, 2016 Study Tour Report: Applying Machine Intelligence, There is Now a Formula for Machine Intelligence Innovation,  Embracing 'the Matrix' and the Machine Intelligence Era and The Myths and Realities of Digital Disruption. An author and columnist, David’s second book, Customer-Driven IT, How Users Are Shaping Technology Industry Growth, was published in 2003 by Harvard Business School Press.  The book predicted the shift from a supplier-driven to today’s customer-led IT environment.  His 1997 book, Waves of Power, assessed global competition within the IT supplier community.  He has written some 200 columns for Computerworld, the IT Industry’s leading publication on Enterprise IT, and has presented at countless industry events all around the world. David previously spent 15 years with International Data Corporation, where he was IDC’s main spokesperson on global IT industry trends and was responsible for its worldwide technology, industry and market forecasts.