Thinkers & Ideas

Interviewed by Martin Reeves

Kai-Fu Lee is the CEO of Sinovation Ventures and the New York Times bestselling author of AI Superpowers. Lee was formerly the President of Google China and a senior executive at Microsoft and Apple. He chairs the Artificial Intelligence Council at the World Economic Forum.

His new book, AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future, co-authored with Chen Qiufan, is a literary call-and-response: Qiufan calls to Lee with one fictional chapter on the future of AI, and Lee responds to Qiufan with a supporting, nonfictional analysis of those futures. Each chapter deals with the applications of…


By Ulrich Pidun, Martin Reeves, and Balazs Zoletnik

This article is the fifth in a series of publications offering practical guidance on business ecosystems. The first article addressed the question, “Do you need a business ecosystem?” The second reflected on “How do you ‘design’ a business ecosystem?” The third analyzed “Why do most business ecosystems fail?” And the fourth discussed the topic of ecosystem governance and asked, “How do you manage a business ecosystem?

Business ecosystems are on the rise. While in 2000, just three among the S&P top100 global companies relied predominantly on ecosystem business models, in 2020 this…


By Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak, Paul Swartz

This article originally appeared on Fortune.com

The power of the biggest tech companies has grown too ubiquitous to ignore — their dominance can be felt in the stock indexes, in segments of the labor market, and in the oversight (or lack thereof) of public discourse, to name just a few areas of influence. Little surprise, then, that the political script appears to be at a turning point: Regulatory agencies, now staffed with vocal critics of the industry, are accelerating the pursuit, with Facebook and Google squarely in the crosshairs of antitrust litigation.

Yet predicting Big…


Thinkers & Ideas

Interviewed by Martin Reeves

Sandra Sucher is a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and an internationally recognized trust researcher.

Her new book, The Power of Trust: How Companies Build It, Lose It, Regain It, co-authored with Shalene Gupta, is an exploration of the changing nature of trust. The book leverages interdisciplinary research, alongside key business case studies, to help elaborate on the four components of trust: competence, motives, means, and impact.

In a conversation with Martin Reeves, Chairman of the BCG Henderson Institute, Sucher explains how companies, build, lose, and regain trust in today’s world, and suggests…


By Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak, Paul Swartz

This article originally appeared on WEForum.org

The idea that technology drives productivity growth is both a commonplace and a common frustration. Economies operating at or near the technological frontier have long seen sagging trend growth rates despite marvelous technology — from artificial intelligence to bioengineering to robotics — proliferating at breakneck speed.

This matters because productivity, or output per input, pays for higher wages and is the foundation of long-run prosperity. …


Guest article

The best companies will get back to the office — it’s the only way workers can read the room and optimally align their interactions.

By Thomas Fink

The shorter version of this article appeared in the Daily Telegraph on June 6, 2021.

To go back in or not to go back in? That, as we emerge from the biggest remote-working experiment in history, is very much the question. At a glance, it looks like a conundrum. Yet when you analyse what work is, and how it functions, it turns out there is a fundamental reason why office-based work will always have the edge over the remote-working option.

In any company — from a tech start-up to a bank to the physics institute where I…


Thinkers & Ideas

Interviewed by Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak

Jeffrey Garten was Dean of the Yale School of Management until 2005, before that Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade, and before that a Wall Street investment banker. In his new book, Three Days at Camp David: How a Secret Meeting in 1971 Transformed the Global Economy, he tells a detailed narrative of the forces and protagonists that led up to the “Nixon Shock” and the breakdown in the gold standard that altered the post-war economic order.

In a conversation with Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak, BCG’s global chief economist, Garten argues that the “Nixon Shock” was the right…


Thinkers & Ideas

Interviewed by Martin Reeves

Rob Lachenauer is the CEO at BanyanGlobal, an organization that advises the owners of the world’s leading family enterprises on strategy and governance.

He recently co-authored a book, Harvard Business Review Family Business Handbook: How to Build and Sustain a Successful, Enduring Enterprise, that provides an overview of the success factors for family businesses, based on his experience as a family business advisor.

In a conversation with Martin Reeves, Chairman of the BCG Henderson Institute, Lachenauer argues that family businesses can represent both the best and worst forms of capitalism, outlines what separates the best from…


By Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak, Paul Swartz

This article originally appeared on Fortune.com

Inflation has dominated the economic debate of recent months, ranging from fears about runaway price growth to fears that tighter monetary policy could smother the recovery prematurely. Yet neither inflation nor hawkish “policy errors” by the Federal Reserve have ended an economic expansion in the past 30 years — bubbles have. And while the financial losses and economic headwinds that follow in the wake of bubbles have given them a bad reputation, there is more to bubbles than meets the eye.

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Thinkers & Ideas

Interviewed by Martin Reeves

Tsedal Neeley is Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Her work focuses on how leaders can scale their organization by developing and implementing global and digital strategies and regularly advises top leaders who are embarking on virtual work and large-scale change that involves global expansion, digital transformation, and becoming more agile.

The rapid changes brought on by Covid-19 were unprecedented but remote work (and the concerns that accompany it) are not new. …

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