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Willy Shih | Five Technology Changes That Should Affect Your Strategy

  • Harvard Center Shanghai 8 Century Avenue, 5F Shanghai (map)

The Harvard Club of Shanghai and the HBS Club of Shanghai jointly welcome Professor Willy Shih to the Harvard Shanghai Center. Professor Shih will give a talk on"Five Technology Changes That Should Affect Your Strategy". It will be a valuable opportunity for alumni to learn about the latest advancement in HBS research on Technology and Strategy, especially in the context of globalization and relevance to China.

“Five Technology Changes That Should Affect Your Strategy.” 
We are all familiar with the changes that have been brought to us by the dramatic gains in computing and communications.  But these gains have also resulted in profound changes to the way products and services are designed, implemented, and delivered.  These changes – the migration of functionality from hardware to software, the increasing level of abstraction, increased scale requirements for developing bleeding edge technologies, data-driven product enhancement, and growth of the tradable sector – have significant implications for incumbent firms whose existing capabilities may be made obsolete.  For new entrants or firms that can adapt, there are tremendous opportunities.  In this talk he will try to give managers an understanding of both what is enabling as well as what is motivating these changes.


Date:     17:30 - 19:00  Monday, April 27, 2015
Venue:  Harvard Center Shanghai,
               5F, HSBC Building, Shanghai IFC,
               8 Century Avenue, Shanghai
              上海浦东新区世纪大道8号, 上海国金中心汇丰银行大楼5楼
              电话/Tel: (86 21) 3852-3800
RSVP:   RSVP to Vivian at [email protected] The final deadline for signing up is Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
Cost:     Free (by invitation only)      

Professor Shih is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration.  An expert in manufacturing and product development, he has written or co-authored more than 125 cases and teaching materials in industries ranging from semiconductors, information technology, consumer electronics, aerospace, transportation equipment, manufacturing processes and tools, and intellectual property.  His paper, “Restoring American Competitiveness,” co-authored with Gary Pisano, won the 2009 McKinsey Award.  His recent book, “Producing Prosperity – Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance” («制造繁荣:美国为什么需要制造业复兴»), co-authored with Gary Pisano, has called attention to the link between manufacturing and innovation.  He is also the author of “Back Bay Battery,” a best-selling innovation simulation. Prior to coming to HBS in 2007, Willy spent 28 years in industry at IBM, Digital Equipment, Silicon Graphics, Eastman Kodak, and Thomson SA. He has S.B. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.