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Competing in the Age of AI: Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World

Competing in the Age of AI: Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World

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Harvard Business School experts on technology, strategy and operations explain how artificial intelligence and digital technologies are fundamentally changing the structure of the economy and how companies compete within it.

  • Shows that the era of artificial intelligence is characterized by the emergence of a fundamentally new kind of firm.
  • Presents a new framework for rethinking firms and their business and operating models.
  • Explains how "collisions" between AI-driven, digital, and traditional/analog firms are reshaping competition and even altering the structure of our economy.
  • Shows how these "collisions" force traditional companies to change how they operate, most critically in how they architect their operating model to drive scale, scope, and learning.
  • Explains the risks companies will face and how to overcome them, as well as the new challenges and responsibilities for leaders.


  • Executives across all sectors and industries of the economy.
  • Managers who have operating and profitability responsibilities for business units and company operations.Participants in the authors' exec ed and MBA courses.

Author: Marco Iansiti, Karim R. Lakhani
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Published: 01/07/2020
Pages: 288
Weight: 1.1lbs
Size: 9.40h x 6.10w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9781633697621

Review Citation(s):
Choice 06/01/2020

About the Author

Marco Iansiti, the David Sarnoff Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, also heads the school's Technology and Operations Management Unit and the Digital Initiative. Iansiti is an expert on digital innovation, with a special focus on strategy and business and operating model transformation. He advises Global 1000 companies on digital strategy and transformation and has conducted research on a variety of organizations, including Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, Amazon, Alibaba, and Google, among many others. He is the author of several books, including, with Roy Levien, The Keystone Advantage: What the New Dynamics of Business Ecosystems Mean for Strategy, Innovation, and Sustainability and One Strategy: Organization, Planning, and Decision Making, with Steven Sinofsky. He has authored more than 100 articles, cases, and notes, including The Ecology of Strategy (with Roy Levien) and Digital Ubiquity, Managing Our Hub Economy, and The Truth About Blockchain (with Karim Lakhani). Each was published in Harvard Business Review and selected as one of the top ten articles of the year.

Karim R. Lakhani is the Charles E. Wilson Professor of Business Administration and the Dorothy and Michael Hintze Fellow at Harvard Business School. He is the founder and codirector of the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard, the principal investigator of the NASA Tournament Laboratory at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the faculty cofounder of the Digital Initiative at HBS. He is also Chair of the Harvard Business Analytics Program. He specializes in technology management and innovation. He is a coeditor of the books Revolutionizing Innovation: Users, Communities, and Open Innovation and Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software and the author of over 100 articles and case studies on the emerging digital economy and the changing nature of work and companies. His research has been featured in BusinessWeek, the Boston Globe, the Economist, Fast Company, Inc. magazine, the New York Times, the New York Academy of Sciences Magazine, Science, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Wired.

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