Mr. Palmisano visits Alma Mater for Talk on The Future of the Global Enterprise

On Wednesday, February 1 CGE Chairman Sam Palmisano visited his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University in a student event organized by Athletics and Recreation Director Alanna Shanahan. Mr. Palmisano spoke about the realities of the future global enterprise, and how business leaders can best prepare to succeed in shifting environments. During his visit, Mr. Palmisano first held a roundtable discussion with a small group of students with a range of different academic interests. During the conversation, Mr. Palmisano answered questions from students who had read his recently published piece on the current state of globalization and its implications for managers leading global enterprises. The Global Enterprise: Where to Now? was published in Foreign Affairs Magazine and represented a 10 year anniversary sequel of his seminal piece on the globally integrated enterprise which first appeared in Foreign Affairs Magazine in 2006.


Later that evening, Mr. Palmisano spoke to a larger group of student athletes and non-athletes about leadership. Drawing on anecdotes from his time at Johns Hopkins where he majored in history, he shared his path to receiving his first job offer from IBM. He emphasized the importance of a good attitude, sense of humor, hard work and thriving in collaborative work environemnts. The students were eager to learn more about how they can best be prepared to enter the job market in times of uncertainty. Mr. Palmisano recommended that students interested in job security focus on data science and cybersecurtiy – two skill sets that are sure to play a prominent role in the global economy.



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How To Win With the Right People In Your Digital Supply Chain

Some of the most critical and difficult factors in the DSC transformation include technology, demand management and risk – but the single most critical and difficult factor for most companies is their people and transformation is not a shrink-wrapped solution.  Read more from the Forbes SAPVoice blog

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The Global Enterprise: Where to Now?

Join the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE) for a live, 90-minute webinar with Samuel J. Palmisano, CGE founder and former IBM Chairman.


A decade after the publication of his seminal 2006 Foreign Affairs article, Mr. Palmisano reexamines the global business landscape and the challenges facing corporate managers. Powerful forces are pulling in opposite directions: Governments are retrenching from economic and political openness, while technology is bringing people together in everything from commerce to entertainment to scientific endeavors.


Join the discussion to explore:
The issues that will influence the future of the enterprise
The shift from a supply-side to a demand-side world
The right balance as businesses grapple with changes across the economic, political, and technology environments
How disruptive technologies have driven an explosion of data, and with it a re-calculation of economic value
Why developing countries can benefit from the digital environment even more than developed nations


Wednesday, March 8
10:00 am EST/3:00 pm GMT
sign up


Participating universities include:
University of Stellenbosch Business School
IESE Business School, Spain
ESSEC Business School, France
University of Surrey Business School, UK
Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Croatia
Indian School of Business, India


Read the Foreign Affairs article by Mr. Palmisano:
The Global Enterprise: Where to Now?
The Globally Integrated Enterprise


Technical Requirements
You need a computer or smart device with access to the internet. For optimal viewing, it is best to access videos when you have a wired high-speed Internet connection.


About Expert Connect
Expert Connect features experienced business and academic leaders sharing their insights and responding to questions from viewers around the world. All programs are free and open to the public. Browse past Expert Connects by visiting CGE’s Global Scholars Program on YouTube.


About the Center for Global Enterprise
CGE is a non-profit organization devoted to the study of the contemporary corporation, globalization, economic integration, and their impact on society.


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The Digital Supply Chain: Tips from the Insiders video series

CGE’s “The Digital Supply Chain: Tips from the Insiders” is a special video series aimed to help companies and their leaders transform their supply chains for the future.  Released bimonthly for the first half of 2017, you will learn practical, actionable tips from top supply chain executives based on their experience and expertise.  Get to know the experts by watching the introduction video or pick the videos that interest you from the list below and watch as many times as you want.  Check out the latest release below.



In this series you will learn from:


  • George Bailey, Digital Supply Chain Project Leader, The Center for Global Enterprise on how Digital Supply Chains Increase Revenues and Halve Costs
  • Craig Moss, COO, on Defining the Digital Supply Chain Platform
  • Chris Caine, President, The Center for Global Enterprise on The Digital Supply Chain Institute
  • Michael Maguire, VP Ariba Business Development, SAP on how to Put the Customer at the Center of the Digital Strategy
  • Anders Karlborg, Assistant CEO, ZTE on Providing Digital Supply Chain Solutions Essential to Market Success
  • Michael Corbo, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Colgate Palmolive on how New Technologies Enable Digital Supply Chain: 3-D Printing
  • Zahid Hai, Chief of Strategy, Worldwide Corporate Services, Sodexo on Business Integration and Breaking Silos
  • Michael Crowe, CIO, Colgate Palmolive on Top Executive Commitment to Enable Digital Supply Chain Success  
  • Mitch King, Supply Chain Director, DOW on Using Big Data to Understand and Respond to Customer Demand
  • Kyle Hamm, VP Global Supply Chain, Schneider Electric on how Cloud Computing Enables Digital Supply Chains for Small to Large Businesses
  • Suresh Senoy, EVP, Alyx Technologies on how Structured Data is the Oil that Makes Digital Supply Chain Possible
  • Victoria Dolan, Chief Transformation Officer & Corporate Controller, Colgate-Palmolive on how to Reimagine the Corporate Planning Process
  • Suddhir Redy, CIO, Aricent on The Sense and Response Digital Supply Chain Strategy
  • Phanindranath Kakarla, EVP Corporate Services Group, Edelweiss Finance on Digital Supply Chain in Financial Services
  • Sudheer Pamighantam, Global Head of Supply Chain and Logistics Practice, Tech Mahindra on how Digital Supply Chain Starts Where Traditional Supply Chain Stops


For additional information about CGE’s Digital Supply Chain initiative and the supply chain experts visit the Digital Supply Chain initiative webpage and download the recently released white paper, “Digital Supply Chains: A Frontside Flip” available in both English and Chinese.



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Sam Palmisano Speaks about Cybersecurity with Charlie Rose

Sam Palmisano, Chairman of the CGE and Tom Donilon, former national security advisor discuss cybersecurity with Charlie Rose. Mr. Palmisano and Mr. Donilon led the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.


Their report was released to President Obama on December 2, 2016. Watch the full interview here.

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WATCH: Blockchain Technology and Its Impact on the Future of Business

What is blockchain technology? Does it have the potential to revolutionize technology as we know it? Last week Global Scholars from around the world joined the Expert Connect with Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger for a live discussion to learn about blockchain technology and its potential to transform industries.


Dr. Wladawsky-Berger is a Visiting Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Adjunct Professor at Imperial College Business School.


Watch the full video below:


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Trump is a CEO with Two Million Employees

Swiss newspaper Handleszeitung sits down in candid Q&A with Sam Palmisano to discuss the newly released Cybersecurity report.

Read the story here.

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Blockchain Technology and Its Impact on the Future of Business

Sign up for the webinarThe Center for Global Enterprise’s Expert Connect series will present a one-hour webinar of the on the growing popularity of blockchain technology and its potential to transform industries.


Blockchain first came to light around 2008 as the architecture underpinning bitcoin, a type of digital currency. But, as with the Internet and other major technologies, blockchain has transcended its original objective. Over the years, blockchain has developed a following for its tamper-proof security and ability to handle transactions where the parties need not know nor trust each other for transactions to complete.


Foremost among the problems addressed by blockchain is the need to bolster security in our increasingly digital economy and society. Over the past few decades, we’ve been moving to a world where information of all kinds is increasingly digital, and where many different kinds of online transactions are now taking place between people, institutions, and all manner of wired and wireless devices. Our current methods for securely managing personal and proprietary information are proving inadequate as evidenced by the all-too-common data breaches, identity theft and large-scale fraud around the world.


Does blockchain hold the promise to revolutionize our 21st century digital economy by bringing one of the most important and oldest concepts, the ledger, to the Internet age? Ledgers constitute a permanent record of all the economic transactions an institution handles, whether it’s a bank managing deposits, loans and payments; or a government office recording births and deaths or legal identity documents like passports and driver licenses. They’re one of the oldest and most important concepts in finance and other mission critical transactions.


Over the years, institutions have automated their original paper-based ledgers with sophisticated IT applications and databases. But while most ledgers are now digital, their underlying structure has not changed much since the 16th century. Each institution continues to own and manage its own ledger, reconciling its records with those of other institutions as appropriate – a cumbersome, highly inefficient process that often takes days and involves a number of intermediaries. Blockchain removes the intermediaries and the inefficiencies.


While a tipping point has been reached, it’s too early to know the degree to which blockchain will transform business and important commercial transactions such as supply chains. In a short number of years, blockchain technology has made significant inroads in the financial services sector and is poised to help transform other industries. How will this all play out in the years to come?


Join the conversation to explore:

  • What is blockchain technology and why all the excitement?
  • Making the Internet far more secure and trusted
  • New uses for blockchain technology
  • Will blockchain disrupt and fundamentally transform industries? If so, which ones will be first?

Please submit any questions in advance of the webinar to [email protected]


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