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Leadership and Digital Leadership are Becoming One and the Same – report

Companies all around the world are seeing the emergence of increasingly potent digital capabilities. As they seek to respond strategically, they are asking themselves whether they have the digital leadership needed to surf the various waves of change. 

In many information-intensive firms, leadership and digital leadership must become one and the same, but for business executives and IT professionals who grew up largely in isolation from one another this does not happen automatically. Helping firms manage this convergence of business and IT leadership is the main thrust of our digital leadership research.

Take a self-assessment exercise designed to reveal the quality of digital leadership in your organization.

Pervasive Disruption VideoWatch a video which describes the road to digital leadership and explains how firms should adopt a company-wide approach.


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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.