Science and Business II

NEW YORK 29 OCT 2018

A dinner and discussion about commitment and flexibility, acting on multiple timescales and learning and forgetting in the age of AI.

Companies are composed of many individual employees that are collectively more than the sum of their parts. This super-additive aspect of companies can be thought of as a kind of organizational intelligence. Business leaders strive to build firms which are not only intelligent but can learn—and forget—new things as their goals and environments change. How do companies learn collectively and transform learning into action? How do they learn and act on multiple timescales simultaneously?

In this dinner hosted by the BCG Henderson Institute, we discuss different aspects of intelligent organizations. Martin Reeves, Global Director at Boston Consulting Group and Director of the BCG Henderson Institute, discusses commitment and flexibility in strategy for companies and natural systems. Simon Levin, Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton, talks about how "multi-clock" speed organizations act on multiple timescales. Mihnea Moldoveanu, Vice Dean of the University of Toronto School of Management, discusses learning and forgetting in the age of artificial intelligence.

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