May 16, 2017
Faced with shortening product life cycles, rapid technological change, and global competition, companies are increasingly turning to externally facing strategies – ecosystem, investment, and acquisition – to stay ahead and manage disruptions. Successful companies ranging from GE to Cisco to Google have long used these strategies to maintain a competitive advantage.
While powerful, these external approaches also pose tremendous risks. It’s essential that managers choose the appropriate mode, evaluate strategic fit and financial value, and properly implement these strategies to reap their rewards.
The Mack Institute’s Spring Conference 2017 will feature thought leadership from top academics in the field and best practices from companies who successfully execute these strategies.
We’ll focus on four key elements:
The conference will also include an interactive exercise to help you work through these decisions and management approaches, providing key insights you can take back to your own firm.
8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. — Breakfast
9:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m. — Welcome
Executive Director, Mack Institute;
Adjunct Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School
Co-director, Mack Institute;
Vice Dean for Global Initiatives;
Mack Professor of Management, The Wharton School
9:45 a.m.–10:45 a.m. — Smart Emerging Technology Strategy
Vice President, Strategy and External Innovation, TATA Communications
Vice President and General Manager, Artificial Intelligence, Teradata
10:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m. — Break
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Building Ecosystems: Innovation Networks, Partnerships, and Investments
Managing Director & Global Head, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Citi Ventures
Comcast Strategic Development
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. — Lunch and Networking
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. — Organic and Inorganic Strategies for Innovation
Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Cisco
Chief Product Officer, Pandora
2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. — Workshop: Creative Qualities, Measuring Innovation
Product Lead, New Ventures, IDEO San Francisco
Director, Design for Change, IDEO San Francisco
3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. — Closing Remarks