Annual Reports

Letter from the Directors

Programs and Events
Roundtable on Digital Strategies
Executive Education
Britt Technology Impact Series, Tech@Tuck and Related Events

Research and Publications
Academic Publications
Executive Publications

MBA Program Enrichment
MBA Fellows Program
Visiting Executives and Academics

External Outreach
CDS Blog and Social Media
Members in Roundtable on Digital Strategies
Executive Fellows

Public Relations
Media Mentions

Past Reports


Letter from the Directors

The 2015/16 academic year was a year of great growth and excitement for the center. In this report, we outline our key achievements within the three areas of our mission: Scholarly Research, Executive Dialogue and MBA Program Enrichment.

Student programs had a strong year, with huge portions of the Tuck community coming together for events and programs. The Britt Technology Impact Series looked at the evolution of new digital business models, and the resulting digital transformation in a series titled, “The Digital (R)evolution: Transforming Business Models.” The series explored the many new business models emerging in the digital age, and how traditional enterprises need to respond to maintain their competitive positions. We welcomed guests from Amazon, Beats by Dre, Levi Strauss, Volkswagen, and Liberty Mutual, among others.

In this, its 14th year of existence, the Roundtable on Digital Strategies enjoyed another successful series of four roundtables. CIOs and their executive partners had intense dialogue on the progress in big data, digital business models, the consumerization of corporate IT, and digital supply chain management. The center was especially pleased to welcome Bank of Queensland as a new member.

Executive Director, Hans Brechbühl, continued his work with the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council (GAC) on the Future of Software & Society. Following the group’s meetings in Dubai in the fall of 2014 and in San Francisco in November of 2015, the group published their report, entitled, “Deep Shift: 21 Ways Software Will Transform Global Society.”

Faculty Director, Alva Taylor, expanded the Digital Excellence for Minority Entrepreneurs Program in partnership with Google, including holding sessions at the Mountain View headquarters and Google’s Seattle office. The program helps entrepreneurs and business owners better understand and execute on the full potential of digital technologies.

In May, Hans Brechbühl directed the Business Engagement for the Information Security Professional (BESP), an executive education program for CISOs and heads of information security. Nineteen participants came from a variety of industries and companies including Amica Mutual Insurance, Beam Suntory, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Morgan Stanley, Time Warner Cable along with others.

The center’s steady string of events, blog, and press hits created a wealth of content for our website, driving website visits and downloads. This activity also enabled our digital communities to continue to grow and thrive on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook and Google+.

We look forward to another productive year of research, executive dialogue, and MBA program enrichment and invite you to read our Annual Report below for details on events, people, publications, research, press and our achievements over this last academic year.

 

Sincerely,
Alva Taylor                 Hans Brechbühl
Faculty Director        Executive Director

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Programs and Events

Roundtable on Digital Strategies
This year, the center organized four corporate roundtables for the Roundtable on Digital Strategies series. Each roundtable consisted of 15-20 CIOs and functional VPs from Fortune 500 companies and 2-3 senior academics engaged in a day-long moderated roundtable discussion. Together they shared perspectives on a specific business issue, wrestled with concerns common across sectors, and worked to identify digital strategies that create and sustain competitive advantage. Event summaries and/or content overviews are available for each roundtable at the links below:

A Digital World: Where Will We Lead Corporate IT?
October 15, 2015 • Tuck Campus • Hanover, NH

The Business of (Big) Data: Potential and Progress
June 17, 2015 • Eastman • Kingsport, TN

Digital Strategies, Data and Changing Business Models
April 7, 2016 • International Committee of the Red Cross • Geneva, Switzerland

Global Supply Chain Management: Digital Supply Chain and Logistics
July 12, 2016 • Tuck Campus • Hanover, NH

 

CISO Executive Workshops
Again this year, the center organized two CISO Workshops. The workshops consisted of 15-20 CIOs and functional VPs from Fortune 500 companies and 2-3 senior academics engaged in a day-long moderated roundtable discussion. Together they shared perspectives on a specific business issue, wrestled with concerns common across sectors, and worked to identify digital strategies that create and sustain competitive advantage.

IoT: Opportunities, Challenges and Responses
June 28, 2016 • Kartause Ittingen • Warth, Switzerland

The Threat Landscape: Strengthening the Intelligence Response
June 29, 2015 • Kartause Ittingen • Warth, Switzerland

  

Executive Education
Digital Excellence Program for Minority Entrepreneurs

May 24-26, 2016 • Google • Mountain View, CA

December 7-9, 2015 • Google • Seattle, WA

Business Engagement and the Information Security Professional
May 3-6, 2016 • Tuck Executive Education Program • Hanover, NH • USA

Britt Technology Impact Series (BTIS)
The BTIS is a center-sponsored offering that hosts leading experts to discuss new technologies, innovations and trends. This year the center held eight events at Tuck focused on the business applications and implications of the internet of things (connecting the physical world to the digital world.) Select individual events to experience video interviews, panel highlights and event photos or learn more about the overall program here. This series is sponsored by a generous donation from Time Warner Cable’s former Chairman and CEO, Glenn Britt and Barbara Britt.

Fighting for Airtime and Prospering in an App-First World
August 12, 2015 • Google • Mountain View, CA
Dominic Paschel, VP, Corporate Finance and Investor Relations, Pandora Media

Apps and Software: The Driving Forces of Business Model Transformation
September 21, 2015 • Tuck School of Business • Hanover, NH
Jeffrey S. Hammond, VP, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

Beating the Ecosystem with Hard & Software
October 1, 2015 • Tuck School of Business • Hanover, NH
Elisabeth Hartley T’05, Head of Portfolio Strategy and Product Development, Beats by Dr. Dre

Personalized Tech: The C-Suite Weighs In

October 16, 2015 • Tuck School of Business • Hanover, NH
Max Braun, CIO, Swarovski
Tim Gude, Corporate Executive Director or IT, Finance and HR, Volkswagen AG
Roland Paanakker, SVP and CIO, Levi Strauss & Co.
Donna Vinci, Group Executive, Enterprise Solutions, Bank of Queensland

Primed for Innovation: Digital Transformation from A to Z
November 19, 2015 • Tuck School of Business • Hanover, NH
Jeff Blackburn D’91, SVP of Worldwide Business Development, Amazon.com

Retailing the Model: Digital Transformation and Commerce
February 18, 2016 • Tuck School of Business • Hanover, NH
Alison Gregg Corcoran T’86, SVP, Marketing, Staples
Larry Weber, Chairman and CEO, Racepoint Global
Carly Rosenberg T’05, CMO, Bluefly

Moving Past Technology: Design & the Customer Experience
March 29, 2016 • Tuck School of Business • Hanover, NH
Patrick Kalaher D’91, is Vice President, Technology Strategy at frog
Annie Hsu T’11, Director, Strategy, frog

How Chief Executives Think about Digital Transformation
May 3, 2016 • Tuck School of Business • Hanover, NH
Michael Krigsman, Founder, CXOTalk

Digital Fortunes: How the Blockchain, Internet of Things, and Peer Lending are Transforming Financial Services
May 18, 2016 • Tuck School of Business • Hanover, NH
Alex Burgess T’09, Director of Customer Experience Design, Liberty Mutual Insurance
John Burnett T’09, Vice President, Global Strategy, Emerging Technologies at State Street
Phil DeGisi T’09, Chief Marketing Officer, CommonBond

 

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Research and Publications

Academic Publications

The center and its affiliated faculty and fellows have made a material contribution to the publication of the following academic papers or publications this year:

The Revaluation of Risk-Taking: European Startups and High-Tech Companies
Elgar Fleisch, Hans Brechbuhl, et al
Center for Digital Strategies, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, USA, ETH Zürich & University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, August 2015

Deep Shift: 21 Ways Software Will Transform Global Society
Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software and Society
World Economic Forum, November, 2015

Specialist versus Generalist Positioning: Demand Heterogeneity, Technology Scalability and Endogenous Market Segmentation
Ron Adner, Francisco Ruiz-Aliseda, and Peter Zemsky
Strategy Science, May 2016

Executive Publications

The center and its faculty and fellows wrote or edited the following articles published for the executive audience in the past year:

The Business of (Big) Data
Roundtable on Digital Strategies Publication

Connected Everywhere: The Transformation to a Hyperweb World
Patrick Wheeler
Britt Technology Impact Series Written Overview

The Threat Landscape: Strengthening the Intelligence Response
CISO Information Security Workshop Publication

IoT: Opportunities, Challenges and Responses
CISO Information Security Workshop Publication

 


MBA Program Enrichment

MBA Fellows Program
The Center for Digital Strategies offers an MBA Fellows Program for second-year students looking to deepen their understanding of the impact of information technology on business strategy. Our MBA Fellows are passionate about technology and engage with the CDS team, alumni, and visiting executives to further study the enabling role of digital technologies on business strategy. No two MBA Fellows are alike or have the same background, but all are active and vocal evangelists for the role of technology in business.

  • Kaia Davis T’16
  • Raghav Gupta T’16
  • Jasmin Hererra T’16
  • Christopher Hogan T’16
  • Justin Holzwarth T’16
  • Preeti Kanther T’16
  • Neil Kulkarni T’16
  • Mathew Sevin T’16
  • Robert Wilson T’16
  • Zheng (Zane) Zheng T’16

 
Visiting Executives and Academics

As part of its efforts to enrich the MBA program, the center invites and hosts executives and academics in conjunction with the professors teaching center-affiliated courses or for other Tuck events. This year we hosted the following visitors for a variety of events:

  • John Chandler T’86, SVP & CMO, MassMutual Financial Group
  • David Chemerow T’75, COO and CFO, Rentrak
  • Brent Dance T’13, Americas Sales Lead, Mobile App Ads, Google
  • Alison Elworthy T’11, VP of Operations, Chief of Staff, HubSpot
  • Steve Hallowell D’01 E’02 T’10, VP of Sales Enablement & Operations, MuleSoft, Inc.
  • Kristiana Helmick T’98, Category Leader, Pets, Amazon.com
  • Roger Lynch T’95, CEO, Sling TV
  • Matt Marolda T’02, Chief Analytics Officer, Legendary Entertainment
  • Mark Marzano, Director, Fulfillment Center, Amazon.com
  • Ankur Mittal, Senior Financial Analyst, Amazon.com
  • Jake Shapiro T’14, Senior Product Manager, AWS
  • Larry Weber, Chairman and CEO, Racepoint Global

Digital Drop-Ins (DDIs)

The Digital Strategies’ videoconference series allows our MBA Fellows the chance to have intimate conversations with key technology leaders. Hour-long sessions focus on a particular topic or range of topics of interest to the fellows, and enable the small group to participate in an engaging discussion about a key element of technology and how it impacts or drives corporate strategy from the perspective of the guest speaker. Fellows come away from each Digital Drop-In with a clearer sense of each guest’s perspective on an issue or topic impacting his or her enterprise in a significant way. The following executives visited via videoconference:

  • Sarah Apgar T’11, Director, New Stores and Facilities, Warby Parker
  • Tom Blaisdell T’89, General Partner, DCM Ventures
  • Kimberly Francis T’08, Digital Strategy & Account Leader, VaynerMedia
  • Sumant Kawale T’12, Senior Director of Business Development, SparkCognition

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External Outreach

CDS Blog and Social Media
The CDS is active on social media, maintaining several communities and reaching followers via our blog and social channels. We also publish all of our video content both on the CDS website and on our YouTube channel. The URLs for these sites, our digital assets and social media communities are provided below.
Twitter: 1579 Followers
YouTube: 61,326 Views; 47,875 Minutes Watched; 325 Subscribers
Facebook: 397 likes
LinkedIn: MBA Fellow Alumni 114 Members
The Center Blog: 35 posts

 

Members in the Roundtables on Digital Strategies
The center counts the following Fortune 1,000 executives as members in its roundtables this year:

  • Bill Blausey, Senior VP and CIO, Eaton Corporation
  • Bill Braun, CIO, Chevron Upstream and Gas
  • Max Braun, CIO, D. Swarovski AG
  • Luis German, Director, Business Process Management, Tenaris
  • Edward G. Happ, Global CIO, IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies)
  • Martin Hofmann, Group CIO. Volkswagen AG
  • Khushnud Irani, CIO, Holcim Group Support Ltd.
  • Volker Laska, CIO, Clariant International Ltd
  • Mark Meyer Head of Global IM, Tetra Pak Group
  • Rolan Paanakker, SVP & CIO, Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Martin Petry, CIO, Hilti
  • Esat Sezer, Senior VP and CIO, Coca-Cola Enterprises
  • Siobhan Smyth, Vice President, Information Technology Leadership, Coca-Cola Enterprises
  • Keith R. Sturgill, VP and CIO, Information Technology and Corporate Six Sigma, Eastman Chemical Company
  • Donna Vinci Group General Manager, IAG Group Chief Operation, Digital and Information Officer, Bank of Queensland

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Executive Fellows
The 2015-16 academic year was our eighth year working with executive fellows. We welcome the opportunity to be affiliated with the following thoughtful executives who share common interests and are engaged with the work of the center:

  • Edward G. Happ, Global CIO of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
  • John Gallant, SVP & Chief Content Officer, IDG US Media
  • Adam Golodner, Partner, Complex Commercial Litigation Dept. & Leader, Global Cybersecurity & Privacy Group, Kaye Scholer
  • Mark Hillman, Co-Founder, MadDog Technology & MadDog Venture Capital
  • Sam Kinney, Founder, General Partner, Firehole Partners, L.P.
  • Michael Krigsman, Founder, CXOTalk
  • Blair LaCorte, Senior Advisor, TPG Capital
  • Mark Lange, CMO, Reputation.com
  • Yvon Le Roux, Independent Management Consultant/Advisor
  • Dave Margulius, Co-founder, Quizlet, Inc.
  • John Marshall, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Lippincott
  • Stephen Plume, CMO, TruValue Labs
  • Geir Ramleth, Chief Strategy Officer, Citrix

Media Mentions
The center’s leadership has been quoted or the center has been mentioned in a number of articles in the public media over the course of the past year. Read more about CDS in the Press on our Press page.

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Past Reports

 

Annual Report 2014-15

Annual Report 2013-14

Annual Report 2012-13

Annual Report 2011-12

Annual Report 2010-11

Annual Report 2009-10

Annual Report 2008-09

Annual Report 2007-08

Annual Report 2006-07

Annual Report 2005-06

Annual Report 2004-05

Annual Report 2003-04

Annual Report 2002-03

 

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