Thursday, October 29

15:00 - 15:45  h
Plenary Panel Session
Session Leaders

All Sessions in Track PLENARY

Monday: 11:00 - 11:45 h   |   Session 1878
Exploiting Disruption to Build a Unicorn in Healthcare

Tuesday: 15:00 - 15:45 h   |   Session 1880
Strategy in Digital Times: How Microsoft Overcame Disruption

Wednesday: 15:00 - 15:45 h   |   Session 1881
Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire

Thursday: 15:00 - 15:45 h   |   Session 1882
Exploiting Disruption to Address Social Problems

Friday: 15:00 - 15:45 h   |   Session 1883
The Anatomy of a Disruptor

Session 1882 -
Exploiting Disruption to Address Social Problems

As business school academics, we have often marveled at the power of human creativity and entrepreneurship in the business sector to create enormous value and improve our world. The same ingenuity and the same passion and drive can be applied to solve social problems and there’s an abundance of examples around the world to prove this point. However, social problems tend to be complex beasts and the evidence is that solutions to social problems do not diffuse or scale up as easily as solutions to business problems. This is about to change. New technologies and new disruptive business models are allowing social entrepreneurs to not only develop innovative solutions to some of the most pressing social problems in the world but to also scale them up for maximum impact. This panel will draw lessons from existing success stories and provide suggestions on how to address social problems using disruptive technologies.

Olivier Kayser
HYSTRA a strategy consultant and entrepreneur with 40 years of international experience in the business, not-for-profit, and public sectors. He founded Hystra in 2009, leading innovative work to...

Costas Markides
London Business School Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and holds the Robert P. Bauman Chair of Strategic Leadership at the London Business School. He also serves on the editorial Boards of several academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, the Strategic Management Journal and the Sloan Management Review. A native of Cyprus, he...

Anita McGahan
University of Toronto

... is University Professor and George E. Connell Chair in Organizations and Society at the University of Toronto. Her primary appointments are at the Rotman School of Management and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. McGahan’s credits include four books and over 150 articles, case studies, notes and ...