The technologies of the social era, such as the Internet, Twitter, Facebook, social media, crowd-funding, crowd-sourcing and others are introducing radical changes in how firms organize themselves, how they compete against each other and how they do business on a day to day basis. Long gone are the days of hierarchy, closed innovation or top-down change programs. They are now being replaced by networks, open innovation and decentralized change processes. This keynote speech will identify some of the most disruptive changes taking place and describe how they are affecting companies and by implication the HR function. Examples will be provided on how leading edge companies are exploiting the new technologies of the social era.



Constantinos Markides is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and holds the Robert P. Bauman Chair of Strategic Leadership at the London Business School.

A native of Cyprus, he received his BA (Distinction, 1983) and MA (1984) in Economics from Boston University, and his MBA (1985) and DBA (1990) from the Harvard Business School.

Repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 50 business thinkers by the Thinkers50, Professor Costas Markides is recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts on strategy and innovation. An internationally acclaimed teacher and conference speaker, Professor Markides has researched the topics of strategic innovation, business model innovation, diversification and international acquisitions.
He serves on the Editorial Boards of several academic journals and is on the Board of Directors of the Strategic Management Society. He was a fellow at the World Economic Forum in Davos during 1999-2003 and in 2012-2013.

He has published several books on the topics of strategy and innovation including the best-selling books: All the Right Moves: A Guide to Crafting Breakthrough Strategy; (HBS Press, 2000); Fast Second (Wiley, 2004) and Game-Changing Strategies: How to Create new Market Space in Established Industries by Breaking the Rules (Wiley 2008). He is currently working on his new book entitled: From Idea to Impact: How to scale up and diffuse social innovations.

A charming and humorous speaker known for his charisma to engage his audience through simplicity of words, so that participants can relate his findings in their own business models.