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Digital Leadership for Disruptive Times – presentation 1

While we often think of IT industry disruptions in terms of the major waves of technology change – mainframes, minis, PCs, Internet, mobile, Internet of things, and so on – every important IT industry shift is also the story of passionate people willing to take risks to pursue their dreams.  

Digital disruptions have always been inseparable from digital leadership, but as the range of potential digital disruptions spreads, so must the required leadership.

In this session, David presented our latest digital leadership research, showing why leadership and digital leadership are increasingly becoming one and the same.  Today, no one has a monopoly on digital leadership:  engaged executives, double-deep employees, co-creating customers/partners, and enterprise IT organizations should all play an important role.  But too many firms continue to have a digital leadership void, a risky condition in today’s technology-intensive times.


01 David Reid – Introduction

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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.