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Digital Leadership for Disruptive Times – presentation 2

Presented on 14 May 2015 at the LEF Executive Forum, Washington, USA.

While everyone is talking about digital leadership these days, the fact remains that large established firms continue to struggle with how to best respond. 

The speed and extent of industry disruption varies widely by industry sector, and many potentially great disruptions such as 3D printing, digital currencies, personalized medicine, MOOCs, drone-based delivery, home robotics, and self-driving cars remain in a highly uncertain phase.  But what is certain is that an ever-more powerful digital infrastructure will be the foundation of the 21st century economy.  In this session, David will discuss the relationship between digital disruptions and digital leadership, with a focus on helping firms anticipate and respond to the many great changes to come.


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.