The outlook for disruption

Innovation is more urgent than ever. Radical business models are emerging from unexpected parts of the world and transforming global markets in industry after industry.  From agriculture to manufacturing to health care, disruption is constantly underway.

As technology proliferates and environmental realities and socio-political trends shake the foundations of established business models, large-scale innovation is the key ingredient for CEOs to survive the next wave of mega-change.

The established industries that learn to dance will propel their industries forward. This requires more than just a Silicon Valley startup state of mind. It requires keen foresight, the ability to disrupt from within your organisation and manage innovation via multiple channels. CEOs across industries must be prepared to quickly adapt their business-models to threats and opportunities that have not yet materialised.

So how can traditional industries act like a startup, but think like an enterprise? What technologies are poised to have the greatest impact on the way businesses innovate their products and services?

Leading innovators from around the country, including Margo Georgiadis, President, Americas at Google, David Cote, Chairman and chief executive at Honeywell and Shane Wall, Chief strategy and technology officer at HP, will gather at The Economist’s Innovation Forum in Chicago on March 26th to lead a crucial discussion on innovation and address these questions and more.

“Today’s global wave of disruption will wipe out many incumbents, but those dinosaurs that learn to dance will thrive,” said Vijay Vaitheeswaran, The Economist‘s China business editor and chair of the event.

“What makes this year’s Forum so interesting is that we are bringing a diverse group of industry leaders at the forefront of innovation to a city that is an economic powerhouse–to discuss how disruption can drive profits and contribute to global economic growth.”

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