Digital Winners and Losers

March 05, 2019

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Digital technologies are upending many industries and companies. Think about Uber’s impact on the taxi business or Spotify’s impact on music downloads.

For this assignment, please identify companies/organizations that you think are winning and losing due to the same transformation.  Do most of the work on the winners, and focus less on the losers, devoting attention to winner/losers according to a ratio approximately 3/1. Why are they a winner and why is the other organization a loser? Discuss the key elements of how the winner creates and/or captures value that is leading you to call them a winner. Similarly for why you are calling the other firm a loser.

Create an approximately 1000-1200 word post to make your contribution by Tuesday, March 5, at 8 p.m.

Please also respond to and comment on three other posts per module. Comments are due by Wednesday, March 6, at 10 a.m. Feel free to use graphics, data, videos and links to other sites to corroborate your points.

Selected posts will be discussed in class and also featured on the HBS Digital Initiative website.

Please prepare a 2-3 min summary of your blog post before class.

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Last modified on March 5, 2019 at 8:20 am
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The Gentrification of Higher Education
Fidel Cashflow
Last modified on March 7, 2019 at 6:34 am
The advent of the internet promised increased connectivity between people across the world and the democratization of information.  This digital revolution has created winners and losers. Losers: Low and mid-tier colleges and universities Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christenson has [...]
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Gene E. Lectington
Posted on March 5, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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Digital Disruption in the Fast-Fashion Industry
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Last modified on March 5, 2019 at 6:21 pm
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