5 Great Ted Talks for the Supply Chain

October 25, 2016

 This guest post was written by Elizabeth Hines of Fronetics Strategic Advisors. Fronetics is a boutique marketing firm focused on the logistics and supply chain industries. 

 

 

These TED Talks, which cover issues from technology to business strategy, will be of interest to companies in the supply chain.

Here are 5 great TED Talks from 2016 that companies in the supply chain and logistics industry will want to see. They cover a range of topics, from technology to business strategy.

1. The Next Manufacturing Revolution Is Here

By Oliver Scalabre, Senior Partner and Managing Director, BCG – Paris

Economic growth has been slowing for the past 50 years, but relief might come from an unexpected place — a new form of manufacturing that is neither what you thought it was nor where you thought it was. Industrial systems thinker Olivier Scalabre details how a fourth manufacturing revolution will produce a macroeconomic shift and boost employment, productivity, and growth.

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2. The Jobs We’ll Lose to Machines — and the Ones We Won’t

By Anthony Goldbloom, Co-Founder and CEO of Kaggle

Machine learning isn’t just for simple tasks like assessing credit risk and sorting mail anymore — today, it’s capable of far more complex applications, like grading essays and diagnosing diseases. With these advances comes an uneasy question: Will a robot do your job in the future?

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3. Two Reasons Companies Fail — and How to Avoid Them

By Knut Haanaes, Professor of Strategy and International Management, IMD

Is it possible to run a company and reinvent it at the same time? For business strategist Knut Haanaes, the ability to innovate after becoming successful is the mark of a great organization. He shares insights on how to strike a balance between perfecting what we already know and exploring totally new ideas — and lays out how to avoid two major strategy traps.

 

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4. How to Build a Business that Lasts 100 Years

By Martin Reeves, Director of the BCG Henderson Institute

If you want to build a business that lasts, there may be no better place to look for inspiration than your own immune system. Join strategist Martin Reeves as he shares startling statistics about shrinking corporate life spans and explains how executives can apply six principles from living organisms to build resilient businesses that flourish in the face of change.

 

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5. Shape-Shifting Tech Will Change Work as We Know It

By Sean Follmer, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

What will the world look like when we move beyond the keyboard and mouse? Interaction designer Sean Follmer is building a future with machines that bring information to life under your fingers as you work with it. In this talk, check out prototypes for a 3D shape-shifting table, a phone that turns into a wristband, a deformable game controller and more that may change the way we live and work.

 

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