Digital Winners and Losers

March 05, 2019

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Digital technologies are upending many industries and companies. Think about Uber’s impact on the taxi business or Spotify’s impact on music downloads.

For this assignment, please identify companies/organizations that you think are winning and losing due to the same transformation.  Do most of the work on the winners, and focus less on the losers, devoting attention to winner/losers according to a ratio approximately 3/1. Why are they a winner and why is the other organization a loser? Discuss the key elements of how the winner creates and/or captures value that is leading you to call them a winner. Similarly for why you are calling the other firm a loser.

Create an approximately 1000-1200 word post to make your contribution by Tuesday, March 5, at 8 p.m.

Please also respond to and comment on three other posts per module. Comments are due by Wednesday, March 6, at 10 a.m. Feel free to use graphics, data, videos and links to other sites to corroborate your points.

Selected posts will be discussed in class and also featured on the HBS Digital Initiative website.

Please prepare a 2-3 min summary of your blog post before class.

Responses (37)

Domino’s Pizza: Delivering Innovation and Profit
kmh19
Last modified on March 5, 2019 at 7:26 pm
Pizza. It’s not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of digital innovation or technology. Yet, when considering the winners and losers of the economy’s digital transformation, there can be no denying that pizza has a place at the [...]
Bye-Bye Britannica, Hey Siri
Maren
Last modified on March 5, 2019 at 3:46 pm
Contrary to popular belief Wikipedia didn't cause the downfall of The Encyclopedia Britannica, the PC did, but they are helping the Tech Giants win from the digital transformation of the encyclopedia.
Ebay Held at Bay
JS
Posted on March 2, 2019 at 5:50 pm
The eCommerce space is a key digital transformation in the last decade, and has quickly become crowded with new niche or vertically integrated players emerging. In the growth of this sector, I identify Ebay as a loser primarily due to [...]
The Rise of the Smartphone Ecosystem and Kodak’s Fall
NR
Posted on February 28, 2019 at 7:53 pm
A brief history of photography, The basic concepts of photography can be traced back to China, 5th century B.C. where it was discovered that an upside-down image is formed on the opposite wall when viewed through a “pinhole”. In the 4th [...]
Bring Back the Milkman: The Growth of Home Food Delivery
Hung Vo
Posted on March 5, 2019 at 6:33 pm
Box subscriptions businesses have captured a new wave of online consumers interested in getting weekly or monthly products sent straight to their home. BlueApron is one subscription service that is helping to refute claims that "cooking is dead," by offering [...]
‘Just Do it’ with innovation!
Purple Unicorn
Purple Unicorn
Posted on March 4, 2019 at 12:39 am
Nike paces ahead with speed-to-market and direct-to-customer focus along with close attention to personalization and customization when it comes to product innovation. Will it win the race?
Who said Journalism is dead?
Samir
Last modified on March 5, 2019 at 7:38 pm
The death of journalism It is no secret that print media is suffering. From 2000 to 2015, US newspaper print advertising revenue fell from $60 billion to $20 billion. [1] This, however, is less a reflection of high-quality written content [...]
Who has what it takes to be The Voice?
Gene E. Lectington
Posted on March 5, 2019 at 7:36 pm
Virtual Assistants are software programs that translate spoken language and conversational text into completed requests. Overtime, Virtual Assistants have become smarter as more data has improved the algorithms that process requests and translate them into responses. The technological advancements of [...]