Alan W. Brown is Professor in Digital Economy at the University of Exeter Business School where he co-leads the Initiative in Digital Economy at Exeter (INDEX). Alan’s research is focused on agile approaches to business transformation, and the relationship between technology innovation and business innovation in today’s rapidly-evolving digital economy. Apart from his academic career, Alan has considerable commercial experience, working in the USA and Europe for a number of technology companies. He also co-founded the Surrey Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE) at the University of Surrey where he led research initiatives in 4 EPSRC-funded research projects. The impact of Alan’s research is seen in his consulting activities where he advises several start-ups, and works with clients in the public and private sector including the UK National Audit Office, Centrica, SAP, Resonate, McLaren, and several UK Government agencies. Additionally, he has published 5 books and numerous papers on software engineering, systems design, and digital business transformation. He was also recently named in the apolitical.co 2018 list of the world’s 100 most influential people in digital government.

The Challenges of Emerging and Disruptive Technologies: culture, people and capability

Emerging and disruptive technologies are currently sweeping across all business sectors promising to revolutionize traditional business models, optimize the design and delivery of new goods and services, manage production systems more efficiently, redesign working practices and management principles, and much more. Aside from the technical challenges being addressed, the digital transformation they have inspired has driven a more fundamental management shift. To understand this, organizations are forced to shift perspective away from the specific technologies inherent in a digital world and towards the principles on which digitally-enabled organizations operate. This talk will discuss the challenges of digital transformation being experienced in industry today, describe some of the practical approaches being taken, and outline some of the key lessons that will shape your future.

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