Joseph Schumpeter pointed out that the competition that should keep businesspeople awake at night is not that from his rivals cutting prices, but that of entrepreneurs making his products obsolete. If you agree you’re in the right place.

Corporations and the managers that work in them are accustomed to a future that arrives slowly and can be responded to when the time comes.

Historically the pace of change has been measured and it has been more important to optimize existing businesses than to find or respond to disruptive new ones. Incremental innovation has been the sweet spot for corporate success. Skills in finance, accounting, customer interaction and operations have been the enablers of personal performance.

This is no longer always true.

Technologies are increasing in power exponentially and transforming businesses and industries overnight. Blockbuster, Borders, the Yellow Pages Group and Kodak have become the poster children for obsolescence in the face of technological change.

Advanced technologies and disruptive models are now beginning to turn additional sectors on their heads. Industries as diverse as financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, education and law are about to experience the same technology enabled disruptions that publishing and retail brethren have seen already.

What’s a director, corporate executive, manager, or public policy maker to do?

Paul and his associates consult with established businesses that hope to lead in these innovative new areas or reinvent themselves to defend against fast moving and well financed start-ups. We also advise policy makers regarding technological trends and their likely economic, employment and social consequences.

Whether the audience is a board of directors, corporate strategy group, senior executive, or auditorium of employees or customers, Paul and his associates can assist in education, decision making and planning. Saying it another way, we act as the lobbyists for your technology enabled future.

Current Priority Research Areas

Supporting Intrapreneurship

Corporations today recognize that enabling their employees to behave like entrepreneurs within their corporate structures will be an important path to future success.

Internet of Things

Since the dawn of silicon valley the defence, integrated circuit, PC, Internet and Social waves have each launched multi-decade eras of innovation and industry transformation. The internet of things is the next wave beginning now and will transform most sectors of the economy with manufacturing, retail, health and energy leading the way.

Sharing Economy

In a recent IBM study senior executives indicated that the sharing economy and the potential ‘uberization’ of their industry that it might enable is a dominant concern. We can help you understand whether your organization might be ‘ubered’ and what the appropriate response would be.

Big Data

New big data technologies and the categories of unstructured and high velocity data that they provide access to are adding a new dimension to decision making and enabling competitive advantage.

Artificial Intelligence

Computers (and their alogrithms) are increasingly not just automating repetitive tasks but also cognitive ones. Decisions regarding when and how these new tools will be deployed will be vital strategic differentiators.

Blockchain

You may not have heard of Blockchain yet but you will soon. Known best as the technology underlying the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, Blockchain is finding a second life as start-ups, major financial institutions and commercial entities such as loyalty companies begin to build solutions based on its distributed open source technology.

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