Information Technology Foresight

The latest thinking on creating competitive advantage through information technology.

March 2018

10 Principles for Winning the Game of Digital Disruption

What are the chances that your business will soon be disrupted by competitors taking advantage of new digital information and communications technologies? Low, you say? Think again.

Disruption (n.) — "A shift in relative profitability from one prevailing business model to another."

Sooner or later, your industry is going to be disrupted by the new digital technologies. It may already be occurring; it may be five years away. But it will happen. The only question is whether your company is ready. The feature article in this month’s special issue of IT Foresight, "10 Principles for Winning the Game of Digital Disruption," argues that the winners will be companies with strong strategic identities and a willingness to "embrace the new logic" of digitization.

Featured Foresights

10 Principles for Winning the Game of Digital Disruption
s+b article
Much ink has been spilled over the past several years hyping “digitization” and the profound changes it will bring to every company in every industry. This article takes a different approach, arguing that companies must face digitization’s potential for disruption deliberately, and offers 10 principles for doing so.
The Coming Wave of Digital Disruption
s+b article
The potential for digital technologies to disrupt entire industries has always been with us—yet its effects, so far, have been less profound than most people think. That’s about to change.
Understanding the Initial Coin Offering
PwC article
Here, we offer an infographic designed as an introduction to initial coin offerings (ICOs). An alternative to crowd-funding, in ICOs, companies offer investors the right to buy tokens, verified through a blockchain and tradeable on the aftermarket, as a mean of raising money for their new ventures. Never heard of them? Last year, companies pursuing ICOs closed almost 800 deals, raising more than US$5 billion.

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