Conference speaker Michael Jacobides holds the Sir Donald Gordon Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at London Business School. He is a Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship. He is Academic Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group, Visiting Scholar at the New York Fed, and Visiting Fellow at Cambridge.
An academic and strategy consultant, Michael Jacobides helps companies reshape their existing strategies while seeking new pathways to growth. As such, his focus is on industry evolution and designing new business models and structural changes in different companies and various sectors. This role has seen him study and take advantage of the numerous digital platforms and their growing ecosystems in the business environment. His work and experience in this field have seen him nominated for the 2019 Thinkers 50 Award.
Michael Jacobides is considered a thought leader, and regularly advises both start-ups and established companies across the globe. He works with consultants, policy makers, company Boards, and management groups. Amongst the companies he has worked with he includes the likes of IDEO, Deloitte, Nokia, DeBeers, Vodaphone, Airbus, and Lufthansa.
I’ve written on the myths and realities of ecosystems in SMR, on setting an ecosystem strategy in HBR, and am one of the authors of the WEF’s White Paper on the topic- the result of working with many of the WEF members for a while. I’ve also worked on how to adjust post-covid19 in HBR, and with BCG colleagues wrote about the importance of resilience in driving firms (see here). My more recent work has been on articulating a systematic strategy framework (forthcoming in California Management Review, attached) and more recently yet on “free-form competition” and rethinking innovation. Beyond strategy, I’ve also been involved in writing some regulations as the Chief Digital Economy Advisor of the HCC, and you can see an overview in my piece in Forbes, and links to research in this piece in ICC – and why I think this matters in my recent Strategy+Business piece.
Also, you may find the application of these ideas in particular verticals interesting, so you may enjoy the interview /webinar series with C-level execs on Gaining Ecosystem Advantage hosted by LBS. In all, I’ve worked on what these changes in tech, strategy, competition and regulation mean for managers- and how we need to change the way we look at the world, illustrated in this LBS Think! piece on ego- vs eco-systems.
With regards to his academic background, Michael Jacobides has visited Harvard, NYU, Cambridge, Imperial, Bocconi, and Wharton, where he obtained his Ph.D., after studying at Athens, Cambridge and Stanford. His work has received the Sloan Foundation Award and has appeared in numerous top academic journals, including AMR, AMJ, OrgSci, amongst many others. He is also the co-Editor at Industrial & Corporate Change.
Michael Jacobides often appears on CNN and BBC and has worked with the UK parliament on the future of financial services, the European Council on innovation in Europe, and has spearheaded RedesignGreece. He has also served on the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and is the co-author of the WEF’s White Paper on Digital Platforms and Ecosystems. Michael often features in such publications as the Harvard Business Review.
Michael Jacobides resides in the UK and presents in English.
“I have had the privilege of having Michael as my Strategy professor when I was at London Business School pursuing my Sloan Masters degree, back in 2002/2003. His knowledge, teaching style and passion were an inspiration to such extent that eventually I became a strategy professor myself. Michael is a smart and passionate professional who knows how to create value by teaching and advising people and companies.”