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Presentation Slides from EMEA Executive Forum 2018 - Old Models, New Models within Western Economic Thinking

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Our industries seem to be undergoing multiple waves of change from the rise of Amazon, to platform business models, to new paradigms such as serverless, to the emergence of China as a technological force. Is this something new or have we always undergone such change? The forum, examined the crisis of Western capitalism and the value of everything focusing on emerging platform plays at both an industry and a national level including how to identify, build and counter.


Mazzucato_Value of Everything.pdf

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Perez_What is New is Old.pdf

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Janeway_The Digital Revolution and the State.pdf

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Moschella_Seeing Digital.pdf

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Murray_Liberating Platform Organisations.pdf

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Wardley_Why the Fuss about Serverless.pdf

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Robinson_Matrix Mindset.pdf

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Mariana Mazzucato
Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London
Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL) and is Founder and Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP).   IIPP is dedicated to rethinking the role of public policy in shaping both the rate of economic growth and its direction—and training the next generation of global leaders to build partnerships that can address mission-oriented societal goals.     She is a winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy, the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis, and the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. She was named as one of the '3 most important thinkers about innovation' by the New Republic.   Her highly-acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (Anthem 2013; Public Affairs, 2015) was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. It investigates the role of public organizations in playing the ‘investor of first resort’ role in the history of technological change—and the danger of ignoring this in economic theory and policy. She is co-editor of Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (Wiley Blackwell, July 2016). Her new book The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy was published in April 2018 the UK by Penguin (Allen Lane), and is forthcoming in the USA in September 2018 by Public Affairs. She advises policymakers around the world on innovation-led inclusive growth and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Leadership Council; and SITRA’s Advisory Panel in Finland.  She is currently a Special Advisor for the EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, and has recently authored a high impact EC report Mission-Oriented Research & Innovation in the European Union. She is also a Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the OECD, Angel Gurría, for the OECD’s New Growth Narrative.   She publishes in a wide array of academic journals and her current research is funded by international grants including from the European Commission, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Open Society Foundations. 
Carlota Perez
Visiting Professor
Carlota Perez is Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics (LSE), Honorary Professor at the new Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) at UCL, and at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex. She is also Professor of Technology at the Nurkse Institute, TUT, Estonia. A leading expert on the socio-economic impact of technical change and the historical context of growth and development, her long career has spanned civil service, innovation investment, academic research, teaching and consultancy. She is the author of the influential Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages (Elgar 2002), which focused on the role of finance in the diffusion of technological revolutions. As Academic-in-Residence at Anthemis UK, she is currently working on the next stage in the process; her research project ‘Beyond the Technological Revolution’ analyses the historical role of the state in shaping the context for innovation. In the 1980s, she was the founding Director of Technological Development at the Ministry of Industry in Venezuela, her country of origin. Alongside other policy instruments to promote innovation, she created the first venture capital fund in the country. She has since acted as a consultant for several Latin American governments and for multilateral organisations such as UNCTAD, UNIDO, CEPAL, the OECD, the Andean Pact and the World Bank. Most recently, she was Chair of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Expert Group for Green Growth and Jobs. She has also consulted for numerous global corporations, including IBM, Cisco, Telefonica and Ericsson as well as for Venture Capital firms. She speaks regularly at major world conferences on technology and innovation and is regularly invited to lecture at universities across the globe. 
Bill Murray
Senior Researcher and Advisor
Bill Murray is a Senior Researcher and Advisor for Leading Edge Forum.  Bill is the author of our reports on Liberating Platform Organizations and Rethink Risk Through the Lens of Antifragility. He is also the co-author (with Glen Robinson) of our publication The Renaissance of the IT Organization. Bill’s IT career spans over 30 years, with 16 years as a Founder and Partner of Differentis, providing strategic IT consulting services to many industry sectors.  Bill has experience of developing Digital and business technology strategies, business cases and change programmes involving technology disruptions such as consumerization, analytics and cloud-based services.  Most recently, Bill has been helping clients develop IoT enabled business propositions and services in Connected Health, Connected Insurance, FMCG and supply chains, and advising on IoT platforms. Bill’s experience also includes setting up/running business and IT innovation projects; shaping and growing analytics groups; IT organisation reviews; development of strategic IT initiatives and business cases; development of business and IT architectures; IT strategy definition; mobilization, delivery and turnaround of major programmes and business process re-engineering. Prior to Differentis, Bill was Vice President of Management Consulting and Strategic Development for CSC where he consulted to clients on IT strategy, programme management and business/IT innovation projects.  Prior to CSC, Bill held various strategy roles with KPMG Nolan Norton and Accenture.  Bill is a chartered engineer by background and started his career with Arup in high energy impact analysis in the nuclear and automotive industries.
Simon Wardley
Simon Wardley, based in the UK, is a Researcher for Leading Edge Forum and the lead practitioner for Wardley Maps advisory service helping clients anticipate market and ecosystem developments. Simon’s focus is on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies, and he is the author of multiple reports including Clash of the Titans – Will China Dethrone Silicon Valley?  where he assesses the hi-tech challenge from China and what this means to the future of global technology industry competition. His previous research covers topics including Of Wonders and Disruption,  The Future is More Predictable Than You Think - A Workbook for Value Chain Mapping, Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Strategies for an Increasingly Open Economy, Learning from Web 2.0 and A Lifecycle Approach to Cloud Computing. Simon is a seasoned executive who has spent the last 15 years defining future IT strategies for companies in the FMCG, Retail and IT industries.  From Canon’s early leadership in the cloud computing space in 2005 to Ubuntu’s recent dominance as the #1 Cloud operating system. As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination in economics, Simon has always found himself dealing with complex systems, whether it’s in behavioural patterns, environmental risks of chemical pollution, developing novel computer systems or managing companies.  He is a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of open source, commoditization, innovation, organizational structure and cybernetics. Simon is a regular presenter at conferences worldwide, and has been voted as one of the UK's top 50 most influential people in IT in recent Computer Weekly polls.    
Glen Robinson
Emerging Technology Director and Distinguished Engineer
Glen helps create 21st Century Humans. Technology is constantly reinventing itself and keeping pace is a long-term investment. In his role as Emerging Technology Director for the LEF, Glen is constantly exploring the emerging technology advances that will augment our lives, changing the way we think about everything. Glen takes these learnings and delivers them to customers in the form of the Digital Experience Lab, or Xlab, which is part of the 21st Century Human programme. This haptic learning experience helps customers build confidence and competence in a vast array of digital tools that are available to them today. Using these responsibly to augment our lives in a positive way is the outcome of the workshops he runs, tasking attendees to consider their current level of digital maturity and injecting ideas for personal development and improvement through a more responsible, competent use of digital. Glen also arranges Study Tours where he facilitates tours of global technology hubs, immersing customers in the technology they seek to understand the impact of better. A frequent speaker at customer and industry events, Glen also leads the 21st Century Human community, is a STEM ambassador, a distinguished engineer for DXC Technology, passionate about the environment, and a very average surfer. Most of all, he enjoys helping others build the lifelong skills which make happy, healthy and more productive individuals, all essential capabilities needed for success in the 21st Century.