Virtual Global Debate DURHAM – MCI

Entrepreneurship meets Digitalization: Academia & Business jointly shaping the future.


Durham University Business School
Durham University Business School



People, places, and processes are becoming digital, digitised, and digitally mediated at an astonishing pace. The disruption during the Covid19 pandemic has changed work and market places around the globe, a shift enabled by existing digital technologies, which empower individuals and shape organisations.

Governments and businesses have invested huge efforts to create ecosystems and digital infrastructure that can support entrepreneurs become part of global networks and markets. These connected ecosystems have given rise to roster of new unicorns like Monzo,, Deliveroo and Ovo Energy. However, the hardest part of a successful digital transformation is the cultural piece.

Entrepreneurs not only need to be digitally adaptive but ensure that they understand how customers are reacting to a new product or campaign and then moving quickly to reshape the offering in response. A core capability to make such a test-learn-adapt approach work is being able to work in agile ways.

Researchers in Durham and MCI have been collaborating with business and governments to develop insights into how place disciplined management practices can foster sparks of insight and then shepherd entrepreneurs into developing tangible business propositions.

The joint Durham-MCI Global debate, held in a virtual format, will bring together scholarship that directly addresses issues of changing digital ecosystems, value creation, ethics in the digital world and effects these can have on economic margins of businesses.

13:30 – 13:50  |  Opening of the virtual Global Debate
13:50 – 14:00  |  Welcome to the Global Debate
14:00 – 15:00  |  Panel 1: Digital Connectivity and Entrepreneurship
15:15 – 16:15  |  Panel 2: Value Networks and Digital Technologies
16:15 – 16:45  |  Insights and outlook - Open Q&A Session

17:00 – 18:00  |  Distinguished Guest Online/Livetalk
Anastassia Lauterbach
, Entrepreneur, Multi-Supervisory Board Member; Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity Expert, London & Germany.
Artificial intelligence in business – Artificial intelligence as business.


Join in / Participation:

Starting time: 13:30 CET  |  12:30 UK time

  • Monday, May 3rd 2021
  • 13:30 - 16:45
  • Online

Participation Global Debate

Mag. Bettina Stichauner | Head Alumni Center Alumni Center & Events
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