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A look at business model innovation's crucial role in today's global business environment .
Showing organizations how business model innovation should be a key focus area in today's global economy, this book features cases from businesses around the globe that have developed customized business models and achieved spectacular levels of performance.Case examples from well-known innovation leaders IKEA, Apple, Tata, SHARP, Saudi Aramco, De Beers, Telefonica, Valero Energy, LEGO, and Proctor & GambleShows businesses how to get beyond traditional business models to take better advantage of emerging opportunitiesCoauthored by former CEO of SAP AG, the world's largest provider of enterprise software
Filled with interviews with key executives, this book reveals the role of technology in driving and enabling changes to fundamental facets of a business. Companies around the world are innovating their business models with tremendous results. "IT-Driven Business Models" shows interested organizations how they can start the process.
An accessible introduction to 3D printing that outlines the additive manufacturing process, industrial and household markets, and emerging uses. The use of 3D printing-digitally controlled additive manufacturing-is growing rapidly. Consumer models of 3D printers allow people to fabricate small plastic objects, from cabinet knobs to wedding cake toppers. Industrial uses are becoming widespread, as businesses use the technology to fabricate prototypes, spare parts, custom-fitted prosthetics, and other plastic or metal items, often at lower cost and with greater efficiency than standard manufacturing. In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, John Jordan offers an accessible introduction to 3D printing, describing the printing process, industrial and household markets, and emerging uses. Jordan outlines the stages of 3D printing, from idea to software model to a printable file that slices the planned object into printable layers to the finished object itself. He describes additive technologies, consumer 3D printing in homes and schools, mass customization (which can create tens of millions of unique items), and industrial uses. Jordan explains that although 3D printers have not become the ubiquitous home appliance once predicted, they are making inroads into mass markets; and he discusses the business factors that may hinder industry adoption of 3D printing technologies. He considers the possible unintended consequences of 3D printing on jobs, as companies scramble to find employees with an uncommon skill set; on business models and supply chains, as manufacturing is decentralized; and on patent law, as machines can be programmed to copy protected property. Finally, Jordan looks at new and emerging uses, including bioprinting, building construction, and micromachines.
A big-picture look at how the latest trends in information management and technology are impacting business models and innovation worldwide
With all of the recent emphasis on "big data," analytics and visualization, and emerging technology architectures such as smartphone networks, social media, and cloud computing, the way we do business is undergoing rapid change. The right business model can create overnight sensations--think of Groupon, the iPad, or Facebook. At the same time, alternative models for organizing resources such as home schooling, Linux, or Kenya's Ushihidi tool transcend conventional business designs. Timely and visionary, "Information, Technology, and the Future of Commerce" looks at how the latest technology trends and their impact on human behavior are impacting business practices from recruitment through marketing, supply chains, and customer service.Discusses information economics, human behavior, technology platforms, and other facts of contemporary lifeExamines how humans organize resources and do work in the changing landscapeProvides case studies profiling how competitive advantage can be a direct result of innovative business models that exploit these trends
Revealing why traditional strategy formulation is challenged by the realities of the connected world, "Information, Technology, and the Future of Commerce" ties technology to business and social environments in an approachable, informed manner with innovative, big-picture analysis of what's taking place now in information strategy and technology.
In this interdisciplinary work, John Jordan traces the significant
influence on American politics of a most unlikely hero: the
professional engineer. Jordan shows how technical
triumphs--bridges, radio broadcasting, airplanes, automobiles,
skyscrapers, and electrical power--inspired social and political
reformers to borrow the language and logic of engineering in the
early twentieth century, bringing terms like "efficiency,"
"technocracy," and "social engineering" into the political lexicon.
Demonstrating that the cultural impact of technology spread far
beyond the factory and laboratory, Jordan shows how a panoply of
reformers embraced the language of machinery and engineering as
metaphors for modern statecraft and social progress. President
Herbert Hoover, himself an engineer, became the most powerful of
the technocratic progressives. Elsewhere, this vision of social
engineering was debated by academics, philanthropists, and
commentators of the day--including John Dewey, Thorstein Veblen,
Lewis Mumford, Walter Lippmann, and Charles Beard. The result,
Jordan argues, was a new way of talking about the state.
An accessible and engaging account of robots, covering the current state of the field, the fantasies of popular culture, and implications for life and work. Robots are entering the mainstream. Technologies have advanced to the point of mass commercialization-Roomba, for example-and adoption by governments-most notably, their use of drones. Meanwhile, these devices are being received by a public whose main sources of information about robots are the fantasies of popular culture. We know a lot about C-3PO and Robocop but not much about Atlas, Motoman, Kiva, or Beam-real-life robots that are reinventing warfare, the industrial workplace, and collaboration. In this book, technology analyst John Jordan offers an accessible and engaging introduction to robots and robotics, covering state-of-the-art applications, economic implications, and cultural context. Jordan chronicles the prehistory of robots and the treatment of robots in science fiction, movies, and television-from the outsized influence of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to Isaac Asimov's I, Robot (in which Asimov coined the term "robotics"). He offers a guided tour of robotics today, describing the components of robots, the complicating factors that make robotics so challenging, and such applications as driverless cars, unmanned warfare, and robots on the assembly line. Roboticists draw on such technical fields as power management, materials science, and artificial intelligence. Jordan points out, however, that robotics design decisions also embody such nontechnical elements as value judgments, professional aspirations, and ethical assumptions, and raise questions that involve law, belief, economics, education, public safety, and human identity. Robots will be neither our slaves nor our overlords; instead, they are rapidly becoming our close companions, working in partnership with us-whether in a factory, on a highway, or as a prosthetic device. Given these profound changes to human work and life, Jordan argues that robotics is too important to be left solely to roboticists.
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