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Smart, Connected Products: An Open Discussion
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9/24/2015
When: 9/24/2015
12 PM - 2 PM
Where: Harvard iLab, Batten Hall
125 Western Ave
Allston, MA
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 Smart, Connected Products:
Which global locations will deliver the product technology of the 21st century?
An Open Discussion

 Dr. Christian Ketels
Principal Associate,
Institute for Strategy & Competitiveness,
Harvard Business School

 

Smart, Connected Products are promising great returns but also major disruptions to many industries and firms. These activities increasingly raise the question of which locations might become the new hotspots for this emerging technology.  Dr. Christian Ketels, an expert on clusters and cluster development, will lead an interactive discussion on the nature of this emerging cluster in the greater Boston region.  

At the top of the agenda will be a cluster-based view of IoT-enabling technologies.  Topics for discussion include: 

  • What is the core of this emerging cluster?
  • What are its most relevant economic activities?
  • What are the linkages between them, and where are there significant benefits of geographic proximity between them?

Leveraging this cluster-based view, we will explore Boston’s competitive position relative to rival locations:

  • What are Boston’s specific strengths and weaknesses in the core of the cluster benefiting from geographic proximity? 
  • What position in this market could and should Boston seek? 
  • What specific actions can help Boston achieving this position?

Following an introduction by Dr. Ketels, participants will asked to react to preliminary findings of the work by the Harvard team analyzing the emerging cluster in the Boston area. A set of interactive discussions on specific aspects of the analysis will then provide an opportunity to collect the group’s insights and ideas to guide the further research. The ultimate goal of this work is a thorough analysis of this emerging cluster, driving the fact-driven development of a strategic action agenda to enhance its competitiveness and growth.

For further background:  read more about Christian Ketels; learn more about the Institute’s Frameworks and Key Concepts around clusters; explore the cluster profile of the Boston region; and access the current Harvard Business Review article, “How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Companies.”

Lunch will be provided.  Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available, but please inform us of beforehand of any specific dietary allergies



 

 

 

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