Author Talk: The Transformation Myth by Gerald C. Kane, Rich Nanda, Anh Nguyen Phillips and Jonathan R. Copulsky

MIT Press Live! presents an author talk with Gerald Kane, Rich Nanda, and Anh Nguyen Phillips, co-authors of The Transformation Myth

About the book

When COVID-19 hit, businesses had to respond almost instantaneously—shifting employees to remote work, repairing broken supply chains, keeping pace with dramatically fluctuating customer demand. They were forced to adapt to a confluence of multiple disruptions inextricably linked to a longer- term, ongoing digital disruption. This book shows that companies that use disruption as an opportunity for innovation emerge from it stronger. Companies that merely attempt to “weather the storm” until things go back to normal (or the next normal), on the other hand, miss an opportunity to thrive.

The authors, all experts on business and technology strategy, show that transformation is not a one-and-done event, but a continuous process of adapting to a volatile and uncertain environment. Drawing on five years of research into digital disruption—including a series of interviews with business leaders conducted during the COVID-19 crisis—they offer a framework for understanding disruption and tools for navigating it. They outline the leadership traits, business principles, technological infrastructure, and organizational building blocks essential for adapting to disruption, with examples from real-world organizationsTechnology, they remind readers, is not an end in itself, but enables the capabilities essential for surviving an uncertain future: nimbleness, scalability, stability, and optionality.

The Transformation Myth offers readers a vision for using technologies like cloud and AI to build digitally resilient organizations capable of pivoting in the face of disruptions. The book persuasively demonstrates the tight linkages between technology and digital resilience." —Teresa Briggs, Board Member, DocuSign, ServiceNow, Snowflake, Warby Parker

About the authors

Gerald C. Kane is Professor of Information Systems at Boston College and coauthor of The Technology Fallacy: How People Are the Real Key to Digital Transformation.

Rich Nanda is a principal at Deloitte Consulting, LLP, where he leads the strategy practice.

Anh Nguyen Phillips is Research Lead at Deloitte Consulting, LLP and coauthor of The Technology Fallacy: How People Are the Real Key to Digital Transformation.

Jonathan R. Copulsky is Senior Lecturer of Marketing at Northwestern University, where he is also Executive Director of Medill Spiegel Research Center and coauthor of The Technology Fallacy: How People Are the Real Key to Digital Transformation.


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