Date: Mar 11, 2020Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

CANCELLED – Competing in the Age of AI: Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World

Wed, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Alumni OnlyHBS Professors


AI-centric organizations exhibit a new operating architecture, redefining how they create, capture, share, and deliver value.

In Competing in the Age of AI: Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World Marco Iansiti and Karim R. Lakhani show how reinventing the firm around data, analytics, and AI removes traditional constraints on scale, scope, and learning that have restricted business growth for hundreds of years. From Airbnb to Ant Financial, Microsoft to Amazon, research shows how AI-driven processes are vastly more scalable than traditional processes, allow massive scope increase, enabling companies to straddle industry boundaries, and create powerful opportunities for learning–to drive ever more accurate, complex, and sophisticated predictions.

When traditional operating constraints are removed, strategy becomes a whole new game. Professor Iansisi will:

  • Present a framework for rethinking business and operating models
  • Explain how “collisions” between AI-driven/digital and traditional/analog firms are reshaping competition, altering the structure of our economy, and forcing traditional companies to rearchitect their operating models
  • Explain the opportunities and risks created by digital firms
  • Describe the new challenges and responsibilities for the leaders of both digital and traditional firms

Iansiti draws from examples–including many from the most powerful and innovative global, AI-driven competitors–and his research in hundreds of firms across many sectors. In this exclusive presentation, he will share his findings for rethinking how your firm competes and operates in the era of AI.

To comply with public health best practices during the COVID-19 outbreak, we respectfully ask that you not attend this event if you have traveled to or transited through any high risk location where there has been an outbreak and/or community transmission of COVID-19 within 14 days prior to the date of the event, or have other reason for concern. We confirm that all Dentons personnel and external speakers scheduled to be present at the event have been asked to follow this same policy.

Please note that no refunds will be issued.



Marco Iansiti

David Sarnoff Professor of Business Administration

Marco Iansiti, David Sarnoff Professor of Business Administration, is a co-director of the Laboratory for Information Science at Harvard and of the Digital Initiative at HBS.

Prof. Iansiti’s research examines the digital transformation of companies and industries, with a special focus on digital ecosystems, AI-centric operating models, and the impact of AI and network effects on strategy and business models. Iansiti is known for his research on the management of innovation, business ecosystems, and digital transformation. His work on business ecosystems and their impact on strategy has been widely recognized and quoted. More recently, his research on digital transformation has received broad attention among both academics and practitioners, and his writings on this subject made HBR’s list of top ten articles of the year for three of the last four years. Iansiti has authored or coauthored several books, including Technology Integration, The Keystone Advantage, and One Strategy.

Iansiti joined Harvard Business School in 1989 and taught extensively in the school’s MBA, Executive Education, and doctoral programs. He developed courses on Managing Product Development, Starting New Ventures, and worked with Karim Lakhani to create the Digital Innovation and Transformation course. He is currently responsible for the Digital Transformation course module in the Executive Education Advanced Management Program, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious executive programs. He cofounded several companies, including Model N (NASDAQ:MODN) and Keystone Strategy LLC. In association with the Keystone Strategy team, he has advised most of the largest technology companies, from Facebook to Amazon, and from Microsoft to Intel, as well as many more traditional Global 1000 firms. Iansiti currently serves on the boards of several companies, including PDF Solutions (NASDAQ: PDFS), ModuleQ, and Keystone Strategy, where he is Chairman. Iansiti was awarded a PhD and an AB in Physics from Harvard University.

Date Time

Date: Mar 11, 2020Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


  • Free / Patron Members
  • 50 / Non-Member
  • 20 / Member/Member Guest


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