Karim Lakhani

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Technology, Management and Innovation Expert; Co-Author, “Competing in the Age of AI” (2020); Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

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Karim R. Lakhani is the Charles E. Wilson Professor of Business Administration and the Dorothy and Michael Hintze Fellow at the Harvard Business School.  He is the founder and co-director of the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard, the principal investigator of the NASA Tournament Laboratory at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the faculty co-founder of the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative. He specializes in technology management and innovation. His research examines crowd-based innovation models and the digital transformation of companies and industries. Lakhani is known for his pioneering scholarship on how communities and contests can be designed and managed to achieve innovative outcomes. He has partnered with NASA, Topcoder, and the Harvard Medical School to conduct field experiments on the design of crowd innovation programs. His research on digital transformation has shown the importance of data and analytics as drivers of business and operating model transformation and source of competitive advantage. He is the co-author of the new book “Competing in the Age of AI: Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World” (Harvard Business Review Press, January 2020). He serves on the Board of Directors of Mozilla Corporation and Local Motors.

Karim’s research has been published in Harvard Business Review, Innovations, Journal of Organization Design, Management Science, Nature Biotechnology, Organization Science, RAND Journal of Economics, Research Policy and MIT Sloan Management Review.  He is the co-editor of two books from MIT Press on distributed innovation models including “Revolutionizing Innovation: Users, Communities and Open Innovation” (2016) and “Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software” (2005). His research has been featured in BusinessWeek, The Boston Globe, The Economist, Fast Company, Inc., The New York Times, The New York Academy of Sciences Magazine, Science, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Wired.

Karim has taught extensively in Harvard Business School’s MBA, executive and doctoral programs.  He co-developed a new course on Digital Innovation and Transformation for the elective MBA curriculum and co-chairs the executive program on Competing with Big Data and Business Analytics. He is the co-chair of the Harvard Business Analytics Program, an online executive program training the next generation of data-savvy leaders.

Karim was awarded his Ph.D. in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds an SM degree in Technology and Policy from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Management from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. He was a recipient of the Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship and a doctoral fellowship from Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council. Prior to coming to HBS he served as a Lecturer in the Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship group at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Karim has also worked in sales, marketing and new product development roles at GE Healthcare and was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group.

Karim Lakhani is available for paid speaking engagements, including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, conference talks and advisory/consulting services, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Karim R. Lakhani is the Charles E. Wilson Professor of Business Administration and the Dorothy and Michael Hintze Fellow at the Harvard Business School.  He is the founder and co-director of the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard, the principal investigator of the NASA Tournament Laboratory at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the faculty co-founder of the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative. He specializes in technology management and innovation. His research examines crowd-based innovation models and the digital transformation of companies and industries. Lakhani is known for his pioneering scholarship on how communities and contests can be designed and managed to achieve innovative outcomes. He has partnered with NASA, Topcoder, and the Harvard Medical School to conduct field experiments on the design of crowd innovation programs. His research on digital transformation has shown the importance of data and analytics as drivers of business and operating model transformation and source of competitive advantage. He is the co-author of the new book “Competing in the Age of AI: Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World” (Harvard Business Review Press, January 2020). He serves on the Board of Directors of Mozilla Corporation and Local Motors.

Karim’s research has been published in Harvard Business Review, Innovations, Journal of Organization Design, Management Science, Nature Biotechnology, Organization Science, RAND Journal of Economics, Research Policy and MIT Sloan Management Review.  He is the co-editor of two books from MIT Press on distributed innovation models including “Revolutionizing Innovation: Users, Communities and Open Innovation” (2016) and “Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software” (2005). His research has been featured in BusinessWeek, The Boston Globe, The Economist, Fast Company, Inc., The New York Times, The New York Academy of Sciences Magazine, Science, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Wired.

Karim has taught extensively in Harvard Business School’s MBA, executive and doctoral programs.  He co-developed a new course on Digital Innovation and Transformation for the elective MBA curriculum and co-chairs the executive program on Competing with Big Data and Business Analytics. He is the co-chair of the Harvard Business Analytics Program, an online executive program training the next generation of data-savvy leaders.

Karim was awarded his Ph.D. in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds an SM degree in Technology and Policy from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Management from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. He was a recipient of the Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship and a doctoral fellowship from Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council. Prior to coming to HBS he served as a Lecturer in the Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship group at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Karim has also worked in sales, marketing and new product development roles at GE Healthcare and was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group.

Karim Lakhani is available for paid speaking engagements, including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, conference talks and advisory/consulting services, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Advance Praise for “Competing in the Age of AI”

Named one of 16 New Business Books You Need to Read in 2020 by Inc. magazine

“Iansiti and Lakhani have written an important book that explains what’s required to rethink the firm and become an AI-first company. Anyone interested in the impact of AI should read this book.”

— Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft

“With the rise of our digital economy and artificial intelligence, the landscape of disruption is shifting in remarkable ways. Competing in the Age of AI is a compelling and mandatory read for leaders hoping to survive in the new world of business.”

— Clayton Christensen, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; author, Wall Street Journal and Businessweek bestseller “The Innovator’s Dilemma”

Competing in the Age of AI captures the essence of trends we’re seeing across the business landscape: If you’re not leveraging AI and machine learning to guide real-time decision making, you’re on the precipice of disruption from competitors who are.”

— Dave Munichiello, General Partner, GV (formerly Google Ventures)

“The ethical and business implications of AI are gradually revealing themselves as more and more AIs are plucked from research labs and deployed in the wild. Iansiti and Lakhani’s book is a great foundation for any business professional who hopes to succeed in this evolving environment.”

— Tim Brady, Partner, Y Combinator

“This book provides insight into working more effectively with AI experts and better equips executives to make important decisions in their AI journeys.”

— Abidali Neemuchwala, CEO and Managing Director, Wipro Limited

Competing in the Age of AI provides a road map to some of today’s most important business changes driven by technological advances.”

— Heidi Keefe, Partner, Cooley LLP

Competing in the Age of AI is important reading for entrepreneurs, investors, and leaders of all companies who hope to maintain and accelerate technological leadership.”

— Jim Breyer, founder and CEO, Breyer Capital; former Member of the Board, Facebook and Walmart

“Iansiti and Lakhani do a terrific job of avoiding buzzword pitfalls and focusing on practical advice on what AI can, and cannot, do to augment any business’s competitive strategy.”

— Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO, Cloudflare

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