Network Readiness and Digital Transformation: Challenges for Future Business Leaders

What: This is a closed event for the GBSN Beyond Series  and Community

When: 08:15 – 09:15 EST on Tuesday, 10 November

Technology has progressed at a very fast pace over the last few decades and it today permeates all aspects of business and society. Information technology adoption has not only become ubiquitous through the rapid penetration of the mobile phone and the Internet, but it has become an integral part of the lives of billions of people. Progress in core technologies continues at a fast pace and technology disruptions are opening new opportunities for countries to sustain their development and for firms to innovate and become more competitive.

Portulans Institute co-founders have done extensive research in measuring technology competitiveness and creating globally recognized indices such as the Network Readiness Index (NRI). Starting in 2001, Prof. Soumitra Dutta and Prof. Bruno Lanvin have co-edited the NRI that has been published by the World Economic Forum in partnership with both INSEAD and Cornell University. Over the years, the NRI revealed the opportunities and challenges posed to governments, businesses, academia, and individuals to fully capture the benefits of technology and provided valuable data-based guidance to leaders from the public and private sectors.


  • Prof. Soumitra Dutta, Former Founding Dean, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business; Chairman Board of Directors, Global Business School Network; President, Portulans Institute.
  • Dr. Bruno Lanvin, Director at INSEAD; Co-Founder and Director, Portulans Institute.
  • Carolina Rossini, Founding CEO, Portulans Institute.
  • Prof. Simon Wilkie, Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics Monash University

Speakers will address the following topics:

In this panel, hosted by Portulans Institute, speakers will discuss the results of the Network Readiness Index 2020 and offer highlights from the virtual dialogue on Digital Transformation. Speakers will also address the pressing need for a human-centric digital transformation in a COVID-19 world. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with speakers in discussions around

  • Digital Transformation and Sustainable Development;
  • Inclusion, Diversity, and the Digital Divide;
  • Digital Transformation and Talent;
  • Digital Transformation and Economic Development;
  • Digital Transformation and COVID-19;
  • Competitiveness

Panelists will aim to address questions including:

  • Has online learning created a more level playing field or do we risk creating new inequalities?
  • What are the essential skills academics need in order to deliver high-quality online courses – or do we risk being replaced by robots?
  • Do we understand how to use the right data to improve student engagement and success?
  • How is digital technology empowering researchers to adapt their techniques and models of collaboration, and to improve impact?