An explosion in the use of digital technologies is changing the dynamics of competition across many industries. We see in the news almost daily about how traditional firms are being disrupted by nimble and technology-savvy competitors. These competitors are not just start-ups, but also well-capitalised technology giants. So what does this mean for industry incumbents that seem to be falling behind in data analytics, evidence-based decision making, platform building and e-commerce?
Prior to re-joining IMD, he spent five years on INSEAD’s Singapore campus where he founded and directed the LEAP programme (for Leadership Excellence through Awareness and Practice), a ground-breaking modular leadership development programme for senior executives. He also co-directed the International Directors Programme, INSEAD’s flagship programme for Board members, and co-directed the launch of a new executive development programme entitled Leading the Business of Sustainability. Between January 2011 and September 2013 he directed the Global Leadership Centre supporting INSEAD’s leadership-related coaching, teaching and research activities throughout the world.
Prior to (re)joining INSEAD in 2011, Jean-François had spent seven years at IMD, where he served as Professor of Leadership and Organisational Development and directed, among other programmes, IMD’s Breakthrough Programme for Senior Executives. Prior to that he had spent twelve years on the faculty of INSEAD (Fontainebleau), where he founded and directed the PwC Research Initiative on High Performance Organisations (funded by a €5 million grant from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, at the time the largest corporate donation ever received by the school).
He is a member of the Human Capital Leadership Institute’s International Advisory Panel and was invited to the 2014 and 2016 World Economic Forum meetings in Davos.
At IMD, Michael teaches in several open programmes and has directed partnership programmes related to strategy and digital business transformation with Vodafone, Ooredoo, AXA, Honda, Zurich Financial Services, Credit Suisse, KONE, and Richemont, among others. He co-Directs IMD’s Orchestrating Winning Performance and Leading Digital Business Transformation programmes. He provides consulting services, executive education and expert evaluations to several public and private sector organisations. He has lived and worked in Britain, Canada, Japan, Norway, and Costa Rica.
Michael has published works on a variety of topics, including digital business transformation, innovation, social media marketing, information systems strategy, eCommerce, and SME performance. He has more than 50 articles and presentations to his credit in leading academic journals such as Strategic Management Journal, MIS Quarterly and the Communications of the ACM. One of his articles was among the top 20 cited articles in business, management and accounting worldwide for five years, according to Scopus (the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature). He’s published eight books, more than twenty case studies and appears frequently in the mainstream media. His Latest book, published in 2016, is Digital Vortex: How Today’s Market Leaders Can Beat Disruptive Competitors At Their Own Game.
"Excellent introduction to a challenging topic which requires urgent action by boards. The forum provided a simple to understand framework and useful tools which will help board members determine the future of their companies by focusing on transformational imperatives."
KHOO Boon Hui, Board Director, Certis CISCO Security Pte Ltd
"The session provided an excellent overview and compelling examples for digital transformation and agility. Most importantly, the session's facilitators provided practical advice, framework and emphasis for focus and successful Implementation."
LIM Teck Yin, Chief Executive Officer, Sport Singapore
"Quick, easy to follow and digestible programme. (The session was) able to break down myths and fears of digital disruption (by providing) useful sign posts and set of toolkit for board members and senior executives to use in navigating what disruption means for real business and how to respond effectively."
Richard Hoo, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Urban Redevelopment Authority