Becoming A Tech Company To Survive The Digital Era

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The real problem of digital transformation today is one of management, not technology. In a world where the latest technologies are more and more easily available, it is organizational structure which is the ultimate determinant of the success or failure of a business. In our current context, when the average lifespan of an S&P 500 company is about 15 years, it is the enterprises that fail to rebuild themselves fundamentally as tech companies that face the greatest challenge to survive. Digital transformation also has a radical conceptual shift at its heart: product companies turn into service companies that have data at the center of all decisions. The firms that collect the most unique proprietary data and make best use of that data are almost certain to come out on top. Join us for this webinar as Gregory LaBlanc, Distinguished Teaching Fellow at the Haas School of Business, explains how organizations can respond to the new demands being placed upon them by digital transformation. He offers a blueprint on how companies can best use data to motivate decision-making and transform themselves into tech companies for the 21st century.

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  • The key principles of organizational design for the digital era
  • How to turn a product company into a service company
  • Why data-driven discovery is fundamental to the learning enterprise of today

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Gregory LaBlancHaas School Of Business, Distinguished Teaching Fellow

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Gregory La Blanc has been teaching at the Haas School of Business and Berkeley Law since 2005. His research interests lie at the intersection of law, finance, and psychology, in the areas of business strategy and risk management. He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards at Berkeley, including the Earl F. Cheit Award for Outstanding Teaching (2009) and the Haas EWMBA Core Graduate Instructor of the Year (2004-2005). Gregory has been instrumental in developing and teaching innovative courses, such as Blockchain and the Future of Technology, Business, and Law, to keep Berkeley students on the cutting edge of the increasing complex and ever-changing business environment. Prior to his tenure at UC Berkeley, he held teaching positions at Wharton, Duke, and the University of Virginia. He has also worked outside of academia in the areas of competitive intelligence, litigation consulting, and advising consulting teams in finance, marketing, and strategy. Gregory received B.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania before pursuing further graduate studies there as a University Scholar and graduate fellow. He later earned a J.D. from George Mason University and an LLM from Berkeley Law. Said has helped these startups raise capital, make investor presentations, draft marketing documents, oversee their strategic directional decisions, and manage their hiring growth plans. Sweat Equity was created to help founders wade through the minutiae of “experts” and connect with a genuine, candid person who’s been in their position. All Said’s work and recommendations come from his own life experiences and include concepts from his own ventures.
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