Harvard Business Review

HBR: Competing In The Age Of AI

How machine intelligence changes the rules of business
By Marco Iansiti, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and Karim R. Lakhani, Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School
January 1, 2020   /   3 Minute Read
Competing in the Age of AI

Below is a summary from the article published in Harvard Business Review in January 2020.

Summary. Today markets are being reshaped by a new kind of firm—one in which artificial intelligence runs the show. This cohort includes giants like Google, Facebook, and Alibaba, and growing businesses such as Wayfair and Ocado. Every time we use their services, the same thing happens: Rather than relying on processes run by employees, the value we get is delivered by algorithms. Software is at the core of the enterprise, and humans are moved off to the side.

This model frees firms from traditional operating constraints and enables them to compete in unprecedented ways. AI-driven processes can be scaled up very rapidly, allow for greater scope because they can be connected to many kinds of businesses, and offer very powerful opportunities for learning and improvement. And while the value of scale eventually begins to level off in traditional models, in AI-based ones, it never stops climbing. All of that allows AI-driven firms to quickly overtake traditional ones.

As AI models blur the lines between industries, strategies are relying less on specialized expertise and differentiation based on cost, quality, and branding, and more on business network position, unique data, and the deployment of sophisticated analytics.

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