Inaugural lecture – Embracing digital disruption: how organisations adapt to new tech
Digital technologies are everywhere, from new mobile telecommunications to AI, drones, cloud computing, 3D printing, Internet of Things, virtual reality, Web3, and maybe someday quantum computing. They are changing the way we live, consume, work, produce things, enjoy entertainment, and much more. Digital technologies are also creating enormous opportunities for organizations across virtually all sectors of the economy.
Professor Tucci has been studying the organizational implications of new technologies for almost 30 years, starting from the first commercialization of the Internet to hard drives to the first wave of AI all the way through to the present day. He has published widely on how organizations adopt new technologies, use them in their processes, and embed them into their new products, services, and business models.
In this public lecture, Professor Tucci will take us on a tour of digital “disruption,” creative destruction, open innovation, corporate venturing, crowdsourcing, and more. He will also discuss how innovation management can help organizations of all sizes and in all sectors create and capture value, and what kinds of innovation management cultures, practices, and programmes are most effective.
Christopher L. Tucci is Professor of Digital Strategy & Innovation at Imperial College Business School and Co-Director (Education) for I-X, Imperial's new campus concept centred on AI/ML, data, and digital. Professor Tucci is Academic Director of the Centre for Digital Transformation at Imperial College Business School as well.
He was Professor of Management of Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he held the Chair in Corporate Strategy & Innovation. From 2013-2018, he was Dean of the College of Management at EPFL. In 2018, he was Visiting Thought Leader at CEIBS in Shanghai, China. He received the degrees of Ph.D. in Management from the Sloan School of Management, MIT; SM (Technology & Policy) from MIT; and BS (Mathematical Sciences), AB (Music), and MS (Computer Science) from Stanford University. He was an industrial computer scientist involved in developing Internet protocols and applying artificial intelligence tools. Professor Tucci teaches courses in Deep Tech Acceleration, Design Thinking, Digital Strategy, and Innovation Management.
His primary area of interest is in how firms make transitions to new business models, technologies, and organizational forms. He also studies crowdsourcing, Internetworking, and digital innovations. He has published articles in, among others, Academy of Management Review (AMR), Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Research Policy, Communications of the ACM, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Academy of Management Annals, and Journal of Product Innovation Management. His article with Allan Afuah, “Crowdsourcing as solution to distant search,” won the Best Paper of 2012 for AMR. He has served in leadership positions in the Academy of Management (AOM) and the Strategic Management Society.