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How companies can adapt in an era of continuous disruption: a guide to responding to such acute crises as COVID-19.

When COVID-19 hit, businesses had to respond almost instantaneously--shifting employees to remote work, repairing broken supply chains, keeping pace with dramatically fluctuating customer demand. They were forced to adapt to a confluence of multiple disruptions inextricably linked to a longer-term, ongoing digital disruption. This book shows that companies that use disruption as an opportunity for innovation emerge from it stronger. Companies that merely attempt to "weather the storm" until things go back to normal (or the next normal), on the other hand, miss an opportunity to thrive.

The authors, all experts on business and technology strategy, show that transformation is not a one-and-done event, but a continuous process of adapting to a volatile and uncertain environment. Drawing on five years of research into digital disruption--including a series of interviews with business leaders conducted during the COVID-19 crisis--they offer a framework for understanding disruption and tools for navigating it. They outline the leadership traits, business principles, technological infrastructure, and organizational building blocks essential for adapting to disruption, with examples from real-world organizations. Technology, they remind readers, is not an end in itself, but enables the capabilities essential for surviving an uncertain future: nimbleness, scalability, stability, and optionality.

About the Author

Gerald C. Kane is Professor of Information Systems at Boston College. Rich Nanda is a principal at Deloitte Consulting, LLP, where he leads the strategy practice. Anh Nguyen Phillips is Research Lead at Deloitte Consulting, LLP. Jonathan R. Copulsky is Senior Lecturer of Marketing at Northwestern University, where he is also Executive Director of Medill Spiegel Research Center. Kane, Phillips, and Copulsky are coauthors of The Technology Fallacy: How People Are the Real Key to Digital Transformation (MIT Press).

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Porchlight Business Bestseller (October 2021)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780262046060
ISBN-10: 0262046067
Publisher: The MIT Press
Publication Date: September 28th, 2021
Pages: 248
Language: English
Series: Management on the Cutting Edge