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How to gain competitive advantage through emerging technologies

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Anticipating what the future holds is one thing – knowing what to do about it is quite another...

Speaker: Dr Calie Pistorius

Director, DeltaHedron

In this presentation, we explore how the dynamics of technological change enables competitive advantage and the important strategic role of emerging technologies – grasping the opportunities and mitigating the risks.

All companies rely on technology and all technologies continuously change and evolve – some gently and incrementally and others swiftly and radically. This 'wave of creative destruction' creates new industries, fuelled by emerging technologies. At the same time, those who 'fumble the future' invariably follow their obsolete technologies into obsolescence as their companies and industries are disrupted.

The presentation will briefly discuss the importance of anticipating the technological future and the top emerging technologies, as well as highlights of the latest research in the management of innovation conducted in cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr Calie Pistorius is the Director of DeltaHedron Ltd, a UK-based consultancy specialising in technology intelligence and decision support to assess and manage the strategic business impact, opportunities and risks presented by emerging technologies.

He is a Chartered Engineer and an alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Business School, Ohio State University and the University of Pretoria; an extraordinary professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch and a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull in the UK and the University of Pretoria in South Africa, where he was also the Director of the Institute for Technological Innovation and Chairman of the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI). He has published widely on the management of technology and innovation, and delivered keynote addresses across the globe. His consulting clients include companies in the telecommunications, construction, information technology, steel, energy, mining, chemical, electronics, information technology, food and beverage, paper and pulp, fashion, health and aerospace sectors.

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