HBS Digital Initiative builds community and expertise around digital transformation and tech at Harvard Business School and beyond. We manage this forum to gather and share perspectives from the HBS student community.
Firms today are establishing market leadership by mastering digital innovation. For example, the traditional "Mad Men" advertising agencies now have to be able to blend digital products and services with creative strategy. Amazon is as much a retailer and supply chain powerhouse as it is a digital innovator. Similarly, the Netflix business model is heavily reliant on continuously building and enhancing digital products and services to compete against incumbents in the entertainment industry. Ford is realizing that its future competitors are likely to be Facebook and Google and not BMW and Toyota. Meanwhile, Local Motors, an HBS-alum led startup, is using crowdsourcing, digital fabrication and 3D printing to disrupt the automotive industry.
Digital Innovation and Transformation is a Harvard Business School course designed to equip students to confidently help conceive, lead and execute digital innovation initiatives. To enrich the course experience, Professor Greenstein have elected to use this platform for assignments. The goal of using Open Knowledge is to stimulate deeper conversation, cross-pollination between ideas, and inclusion of the global "digital transformation" community.
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Digital technologies are upending many industries and companies. Think about Uber’s impact on the taxi business or Amazon’s impact on retail stores.
For this assignment, we would like you to identify companies/organizations that you think are winning or losing. Just work on either winners or losers. Please focus on just one organization. Tell us why they are a winner or loser. Discuss elements of how they create and/or capture value that is leading you to call them a winner or loser.
Create an approximately 750-word post to make your contribution on digit.hbs.org by 6pm on Feb 11. Please create appropriate tags for your post including if it is a “winner” or “loser.” Please also respond to and comment on three other posts. Feel free to use graphics, data, videos and links to other sites to corroborate your points.
It wasn’t too long ago when the only way to instantly see your pictures was with a Polaroid camera. Unfortunately, once digital photography was introduced, Polaroid was too fixated on their existing revenue streams to pivot to the wave of [...]
From personal passion blog to street style and digital media authority, Highsnobiety created a one stop shop for 18-24 year old affluent, style-seeking males and built a B2B brand services business to show everyone else how to do it.
Digital healthcare company KRY has offered a potential solution to one of the most prominent growing challenges and politically relevant topics in the Swedish welfare economy: provision of equitable and high-quality healthcare provision.
Founded in 1981, the Bloomberg LP revolutionized the financial services sector through technology. Nearly 40 years later, its flagship product, the Terminal, continues to dominate trading desks even as it faces a number of competitors trying to take on the [...]
Touch Surgery has been #winning the medical education game through its groundbreaking platform, which has expanded globally to offer step by step instructions for over 300 surgical procedures spanning 17 specialties. The platform has over 2 million users and has [...]
Omada’s digital behavioral health solution is a winning formula combining smart devices, personalized coaching, and innovative integration into existing healthcare structures to offer an outcomes-based model that improves health and lower costs.
Daojia (https://bj.daojia.com/) is a platform linking consumers and service providers directly. It provides different kinds of services, including massage, manicure, baby care, housekeeping and house maintenance. I view Daojia as a winner in digital area because it benefits millions of [...]
Shopify, a low-key Canadian company, started as a SAS software solution that enables small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to create their own customizable e-commerce websites without the need to have any prior development or design knowledge. Today, fifteen years after [...]
The "Uber for freight" entered the market in 2015 to disrupt an old, massive and highly fragmented industry that had not seen much change since e-mail was created. How have they gone about this transformation?
Unlike the disruption that we have seen in the retail space with Amazon, transportation with Uber, and movie industry with Netlflix, there isn’t a single tech firm leading the future of financial services. Betterment hopes to play that role. [...]
Delta airlines has been one of the most innovative travel companies in the past few years. The company has implemented more than a dozen tech-enabled initiatives – more details on those below – aimed at four key goals: cost-cutting, increasing [...]
The Harvard Business School’s stated mission is “to educate leaders who make a difference in the world.” It is hard to imagine how world leaders of the future will make a difference without effectively and ethically harnessing digital tools, whether [...]
Company Overview China Literature is the leader in the online literature market in China. It is an online platform that connects writers and readers. As of June 30, 2019, China Literature had approximately 8 million writers, 12 million online literary [...]
Seeing potential in Japanese food delivery market, Uber Eats, Door Dash and several other platformers are entering Japan. This competition has just begun and it is difficult to predict who will win, but since it seems that food delivery business [...]
In healthcare, digital disruption often occurs via strategic business model innovation as opposed to radical technological transformation. EverlyWell is winning in the lab testing space using exactly that approach.
FedEx is facing the threat of two of the most severe digital disruptors: Amazon and Uber. As e-commerce operations gain more relevance in supply chain distribution networks, the tech giant is aggressively increasing the vertical integration of its distribution network. [...]
The shift to “Industry 4.0” presents a unique opportunity for startups to emerge and win. One of the early winners in this race so far is Samsara, which provides its customers with end-to-end solutions across a variety of industries, giving [...]