Learn More About Marco Iansiti
How can organizations successfully compete against the digital giants? Adopt an AI-first operating model to unlock unlimited growth says Harvard Business School (HBS) Professor and digital transformation pioneer Marco Iansiti.
Co-author of the critically-acclaimed book “Competing in the Age of AI: Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World” (Harvard Business Review Press, January 2020), Iansiti helps leaders in every sector transition to an AI-centric model so they can shatter traditional operating constraints and exponentially scale business.
With the COVID-19 pandemic widening the digital divide, transitioning is even more urgent now, says Iansiti. It also presents vast opportunities for growth.
“For traditional firms, becoming a software-based, AI-driven company is about becoming a different kind of organization – one accustomed to continuous transformation,” says Iansiti. “It is about fundamentally changing the core of the company by building a data-centric operating architecture supported by an agile organization that enables ongoing change. In an increasingly competitive digital era, it’s the best long-term investment an organization can make.”
For more than 30 years, Iansiti has focused on the digital transformation of companies and industries, innovation management, and the impact of network effects on strategy and business. He has worked closely with Fortune 500 companies, such as Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Facebook and Amazon, since the dawn of the digital era, helping them leverage emerging technologies and algorithmic processes in order to become the dominating forces they are today.
“In an AI-driven world, user numbers, engagement and revenues can skyrocket,” says Iansiti. “And while the value of scale eventually begins to level off in traditional models, in AI-based ones, it never stops climbing.”
During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Iansiti and co-author Karim Lakhani studied the fast-track development of Moderna’s vaccine. With the help of an AI-first model, the company was able to produce a vaccine candidate in only 41 days — a record 90% reduction compared to the time it took to develop vaccines for SARS and MERS.
As a trusted advisor to business leaders in every industry, from startups to established firms, Iansiti is transforming the way organizations operate so they can successfully compete well into the future.
Marco Iansiti is the David Sarnoff Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and the co-director of the Laboratory for Information Science. He has authored or co-authored several books, including “Technology Integration,” “The Keystone Advantage,” “One Strategy” and “Competing in the Age of AI,” which was named Best Business Book of 2020 for strategy by Strategy+Business and received the Gold Medal for Best Artificial Intelligence / Robotics / Algorithms Book in the 2021 Axiom Business Book Awards. Several of his articles have been featured in Harvard Business Review’s top 10 articles of the year.
Iansiti has co-founded several companies, including Model N (NASDAQ:MODN) and Keystone Strategy. In association with the Keystone Strategy team, he has advised most of the world’s largest technology companies, including Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Intel, and other 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.
Marco Iansiti is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.
Implementing and Leveraging AI and Machine Learning
To survive in the 21st century, companies have no choice but to digitize operations. Those that don’t incorporate AI and machine-learning into their systems will be rapidly eclipsed by their technologically agile competitors. In this customized, interactive workshop, Harvard Business School Professor Marco Iansiti helps leaders assess their company’s current digital systems and explains the benefits of adopting an AI-centric operating model. Drawing on his vast experience advising digital leaders such as Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Facebook and Amazon, he shows how any company can make the transition to an AI-first model and outlines why doing so will firmly position their organization for unconstrained long-term growth.