Problems you’ll face in the future thanks to robotics, genomics, and big data

Displaced workers, designer babies, the death of privacy and proliferation of cybercrime… How will you and your business respond to a few of the most problematic issues that the industries of the future are going to raise? “For most of the world’s 7.2 billion people, innovation and globalization have created opportunity the likes of which…

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Three leaders at the vanguard of the next economy

To see what leaders at the vanguard of the next economy are doing, we look to Foxconn’s CEO, one of the world’s biggest investors in robotics; to the leader of PGDx, a cancer genomics startup; and to the CEO of MFS Africa, a Pan-African FinTech company.   Dr. Luis Diaz fights cancer with revolutionary genomic…

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The next economy: A new wave of innovation is on its way

Famed American technology policy expert Alec Ross presents a panorama of the most important innovations set to drive economic and societal change for the years to come. 2017 will mark the eighth anniversary of Uber’s founding and the 20th anniversary of the victory of the chess-playing computer Deep Blue against the world’s reigning human champion,…

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Business Digest: HEC Paris’s preferred partner

The annual publication, Knowledge@HEC2016, produced in association with Business Digest, is out. It revisits a year of research and reflection at HEC Paris in marketing, finance, strategy, management, and more. The new edition covers subjects as varied as conformism and originality in strategy, activist influence, decision making and uncertainty, risk estimation, knowledge and creativity or…

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Blockchain revolution: disintermediation at work!

Born with Bitcoin in 2009, the rise of blockchain technology could transform the economy by accelerating the disintermediation of many industries (well beyond the world of finance). For all those disappointed by the Internet, a new hope is attached to its primary philosophy: better distribution of power. For a long time, the Internet has held…

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Staples prepares for the future of work [interview]

Régis Mulot – HR director at Staples, the world’s leading provider of office supplies and equipment – is already thinking about the challenges posed by the emergence of new ways of working. The critical issue facing the companies of tomorrow is how to provide a “platform” (above and beyond traditional wage labor) for harvesting ideas,…

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What promises has the digital revolution yet to deliver?

The Internet has upset former power structures, flattening organizations and empowering individuals, resulting in more democratic, open, and responsible ways of doing business… Or has it? The Internet is indeed a technology with the potential to drive these changes, but whether or not the digital economy is moving in these much celebrated directions remains far…

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The future of work

As none other than Bill Gates has said on more than one occasion: traditional employment based on long-term contracts between a company and its employees will almost certainly become a rarity within the next two decades. The redistribution of value created in the form of a regular salary is also expected to become unusual. What…

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8 sustainable frontiers that are changing business

In this special contribution, thought leader Wayne Visser presents the 8 frontiers that are changing business and leadership to be more sustainable. An increasing number of companies are pushing these frontiers forwards, past out-dated patterns of thinking, towards a thriving future of purpose-driven, innovative, and collaborative business. So much of making a successful transition to…

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Plan A, because there is no Plan B: environmental sustainability at Marks & Spencer [interview]

At Marks & Spencer, no one denies the urgency of the problem of climate change, partly because its effects are directly impacting the supply chain and shaping customer expectations. The retail giant’s sustainability plan, called Plan A, aims to solve climate change profitably by driving innovation and efficiency. In 2007, to address the increasingly critical…

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