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Andrew McAfee          

Co-Founder & Co-Director, Initiative on the Digital Economy Principal Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management

Andrew McAfee is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy and a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He studies how digital technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. His 2014 book on these topics, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, coauthored with Erik Brynjolfsson, has won several prestigious awards and has been both a New York Times and Wall Street Journal top ten bestseller. His newest book with Brynjolfsson, Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future, published June 2017, offers an executive’s guide to succeeding during this turbulent era. Andrew has written for innumerable publications including Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall St. Journal, and The New York Times. He has talked about his work on CNN and 60 Minutes, at the World Economic Forum, TED and the Aspen Ideas Festival, with Tom Friedman and Fareed Zakaria, and in front of innumerable global and domestic audiences. He is also the host of the popular podcast, Minds and Machines with Andrew McAfee. Andrew was educated at Harvard and MIT. He lives in Cambridge, watches too much Red Sox baseball, doesn't ride his motorcycle enough, and starts his weekends with the NYT Saturday crossword.

Speech Topics

The Second Machine Age

We are living in a time of brilliant technologies: cars that drive themselves; Jeopardy!-champion supercomputers; cheap, flexible, and useful robots; machines that print out parts, and more. These breakthroughs are ushering in the greatest era of transformation since the Industrial Revolution – a Second Machine Age. In this talk, Andy discusses the great promise – and the thorny challenges – of creating and deploying future digital technologies once thought to be the stuff of science fiction.

Leading in a Big Data World

Recent research shows that ‘experts’ – people with deep training and experience in a field – are surprisingly weak in areas where we expect them to be strong, such as solving tough problems and making good decisions. In many cases, we’d be better off relying on data, algorithms, and outsiders instead of experts. So does this mean that experienced leaders are passe? What about motivating teams, setting vision, coming up with new ideas, and other traditional roles of a leaders? In this talk, Andy discusses the rapidly evolving understanding of expertise and leadership in the world of big data.

Enterprise 2.0: Business Benefits and Adoption Roadmaps

In this talk, Andy builds on the frameworks and insights in his book to present an up-to-the-minute view of Enterprise 2.0 (E2.0) and the use of Web 2.0-style technologies and business practices by organizations. He incorporates the latest research and examples to show why Enterprise 2.0 is so valuable, and how to succeed with it.

Enterprise 2.0: The State of an Art

Andy discusses Enterprise 2.0 approaches the companies use to achieve their business goals through these latest technologies. He describes the trends that have converged to make E2.0 an appealing reality, illustrating with examples from both the Internet and Intranets. He also frames the benefits brought by E2.0, and use- case studies that demonstrate how E2.0 can address longstanding challenges within organizations. Finally, he outlines the substantial barriers to successful adoption of these new tools and approaches, and discusses the critical roles played by senior executives in leading required changes. Andy makes the compelling case that E2.0 is not hype, but it is also not easy. Yet, it will serve to increase differences across organizations and help separate winners from losers in today’s competitive environments.

The Digital Imperative

Today, all industries are experiencing digitization, a profound transition. Digitization is the transformation of business activities by the introduction and use of information technology. Digitization is not a rising tide that floats all boats equally. Instead, it is increases the pace and intensity of competition as well as the gaps between winners and losers in industry after industry.

Andy breaks digitization down for line managers and CIOs, explaining how it’s causing three transformations. It’s allowing businesses to become more: scientific, more orchestrated, and more self-organizing. Companies that successfully put themselves through these transitions set the pace of competition, while those that do not will find themselves falling farther and farther behind. Andy also provides examples of leading companies who have met the challenge of seizing the opportunities that digitization affords.

The Cloudy Future of Corporate IT

Andy will discuss the evolution and future of cloud computing, and compare it to the electrification of US manufacturing that took place a century ago. As will be the case with the cloud, the transition to full electrification took decades to complete, and it was not clear at the start how it would play out. Over time, the advantages of electrification became more and more clear, as well as universal. And manufacturers who didn’t electrify themselves intelligently became uncompetitive over time, and eventually perished.

Andy will show how cloud computing will follow a similar trajectory – and become the standard for corporate computing. Not all companies, however, will move easily into the cloud. Some will seize the potential that it offers, while others will find reasons not to make ‘the big switch.’ As a result, the period of migration to cloud computing will be a time of great disruption and turbulence in many industries (and not just high tech ones). Companies that move to the cloud successfully will enjoy performance and competitive benefits, while those that lag will find themselves falling further behind.

Management Science 2.0

Businesses today have access to an enormous amount of both structured and unstructured data. This is often seen as a problem – people describe ‘drowning in data’ – but it’s also an unprecedented opportunity. In addition to more data, companies also have more powerful computers and analytic software than ever before.

In this talk, Andy describes how scientific approaches are different and better than the alternatives – and how this revolution is also transforming the business world. Companies that are not part of it are at great risk of being left behind; those able to embrace data-driven and scientific approaches will find themselves leading the pack.


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