Harvard Business Review

Competing in the Age of AI with Marco Iansiti and Karim Lakhani

Harvard Business Review: Competing in the Age of AI

Historically, business growth has been restricted by a firm’s scale, scope, and learning. But in their recent book Competing in the Age of AI, Harvard Business School professors Marco Iansiti and Karim Lakhani show how reinventing the firm around data, analytics, and AI can remove these constraints on growth.

Iansiti and Lakhani will discuss why and how to reinvent the firm in this AI era and benefits of doing so. They will also describe how the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically accelerated this digital transformation.

In this webinar Iansiti and Lakhani will:

  • Describe what it means to compete in the age of AI
  • Examine the role of AI-centric organizations in responding to COVID-19, transforming health care, and working to develop a vaccine
  • Present a framework for rethinking business and operating models
  • Suggest a new type of operating architecture for AI-centric firms
  • Share research and real-world case studies from companies such as Amazon, Netflix, and Airbnb

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About the Authors
Marco Iansiti, the David Sarnoff Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, also heads the school’s Technology and Operations Management Unit and the Digital Initiative. Iansiti is an expert on digital innovation, with a special focus on strategy and business and operating model transformation. He advises Global 1000 companies on digital strategy and transformation and has conducted research on a variety of organizations, including Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, Amazon, Alibaba, and Google, among many others. He is the author of several books and has authored more than 100 articles, cases, and notes.

Karim R. Lakhani is the Charles E. Wilson Professor of Business Administration and the Dorothy and Michael Hintze Fellow at Harvard Business School. He is the founder and codirector of the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard, the principal investigator of the NASA Tournament Laboratory at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the faculty cofounder of the Digital Initiative at HBS. He is also Chair of the Harvard Business Analytics Program. He specializes in technology management and innovation. He is on the Board of Directors of Mozilla Corporation and several AI-based startups. He is a coeditor of the books Revolutionizing Innovation and Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software and the author of over 100 articles and case studies on the emerging digital economy and the changing nature of work and companies.