Surviving Disruptive Technologies

The purpose of this course is to help participants and the organizations they encounter survive the waves of technological disruptions facing business, government, education and their daily lives.

About The Course

The purpose of this course is to help individuals and organizations survive when confronted with disruptive technologies that threaten their current way of life.  We will look at a general model of survival and use it to analyze companies and industries that have failed or are close to failing.  Examples of companies that have not survived include Kodak, a firm over 100 years old, Blockbuster and Borders.   It is likely that each of us has done business with all of these firms, and today Kodak and Blockbuster are in bankruptcy and Borders has been liquidated.  Disruptions are impacting industries like education; Coursera and others offering these massive open online courses are a challenge for Universities.  In addition to firms that have failed, we will look at some that have survived and are doing well.  What are their strategies for survival?

By highlighting the reasons for the decline of firms and industries, participants can begin to understand how to keep the same thing from happening to them.   Through the study of successful organizations, we will try to tease out approaches to disruptions that actually work.  Our ultimate objective is to develop a strategy for survival in a world confronting one disruptive technology after another.

Frequently Asked Questions

What resources will I need for this class?

You will gain the most from this class if you are willing to “think the unthinkable,” to envision order of magnitude changes in existing ways of doing things and make fearless predictions about the likely impact of a new technology.

What is the coolest thing I’ll learn if I take this class?

You’ll learn how to respond to the waves of technological disruptions that are impacting business and government organizations and educational institutions.  You will learn how to be a survivor of the massive changes in the way we live and work that are happening now and will continue into the future.

Will I get a certificate after this class

Yes, students who successfully complete the class will get a certificate signed by the instructor.

Recommended Background

The course should appeal most to participants who have at least a general interest in new technologies and in the economy.  It would be helpful for you to following the general business press including web sites or print media of periodicals like The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek, IEEE Spectrum, Technology Today and similar information sources.