Academic Perspectives on Innovation and Cost Leadership

Investment by corporations in university research is often a harbinger of successful innovation. Our esteemed panel of academics will offer perspective on what Information Technologies they see shaping the future of industry; which industry sectors seem to be investing in academic research to stimulate innovation; how flexible customers, evolving leadership traits, globalization trends, loosening hierarchies, and cost pressures are impacting innovation decisions; how investments in IT specifically has changed in the last decade; whether IT innovation and cost leadership are inherently orthogonal, and if the pace/intensity of investment in technology innovation is actually driven by the state of the economy; whether the CIO can be a socio-economic champion within his or her firm; and, finally, which specific CIO-led innovations will have the greatest positive impact on business goals.

Glen Urban, Michael A. Cusumano, Michael Schrage, Peter Weill,