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CIS Professor Among World-Leading Executives and Thought Leaders Participating in Harvard Business Review China Forum

October 28, 2014
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Pictured: Robert Plant (left), Professor and Vice Chair, Information Systems, University of Miami School of Business, with Michael Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School.

Robert Plant, associate professor and the School’s vice chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems, was among leading executives and academics speaking on sustainable growth in turbulent times last week at the Harvard Business Review China Forum in Beijing. Plant, who spoke about the need for a new organizational design, was joined the forum by more than 200 senior executives and other thought leaders including Harvard’s Michael Porter, called the dean of “living management gurus” by The Economist. Porter, a keynote speaker, presented his latest work, “How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition” (co-authored with James Hepplemann CEO at PTC), from the November issue of Harvard Business Review.

The event also featured panel sessions with notable business leaders including the chairman of Tsingtao Beer and the presidents of OTIS China, Volvo, and Novartis. Other panels included senior executives from Alibaba, Volkswagen China, SAS, New China Life, Suning, Kodak, Xiaomi and FRECO. The second keynote was presented by Krishna Palepu, Harvard Business School professor, who presented strategies for winning in emerging markets.

“The event was a great opportunity to interact with thought leaders on an important topic facing every business,” said Plant, a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review. He recently wrote for the China People’s Daily on the topic of “The World is Not Flat,” noting that “the world is bumpy, it is certainly not flat, the rules of the game are not even, and its often unfair, but that’s the playing field; and executives need to note that it’s about to get bumpier as technology impacts the business in more challenging ways, that’s why they will need new business models to operate and compete.” More on Plant’s work can be found at www.robertplantblog.com.

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