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MSBM  Roundtable Examines Agile Leadership For Digital Transformation

MSBM Roundtable Examines Agile Leadership For Digital Transformation


Kingston, Jamaica – June 28, 2019: Now in its tenth year, the MSBM Roundtable has the distinction of being, arguably, the most highly anticipated, calendar event at which senior Caribbean public and private sector leaders meet to find solutions for their most pressing problem by engaging international experts and academia in meaningful dialogue.

The MSBM Roundtable Breakfast was held on Wednesday, June 26, at the Talk of the Town, Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, under the theme the theme “Agile Leadership for Digital Transformation.”

The forum featured the MSBM research paper “Leveraging Agile Leadership for Digital Transformation” which presented the latest findings from a survey of businesses and industries and uncover solutions that empower business leaders to make evidence-based decisions critical to sustainable growth. International speaker, Murat Bicak, Senior Vice President, Stategy, Project Management Institute, brought a global perspective on new ideas, strategies, and action plans for agile leadership and digital innovations within organizations.

“We are in the digital era where the only constant is change,” “The Technological revolution and transformation which are characteristics of the digital age have significantly changed and reshaped the way we operate on a daily basis and in business.” Said The Hon. Fayval Williams, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology who delivered the main address. Other items on the programme included remarks from Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips who called for the creation of a national strategic plan, involving both private and public sector commitments and targets, to ensure that Jamaica reaps the benefits from digital transformation. The open Discussion was moderated by Dr. Marcia Forbes, Media Consultant/ Executive Chairperson Phase Three Productions.

According to the organizers, the goal this year was to target 100 business leaders, entrepreneurs, decision-makers in government and academia and digital and technology experts to improve competitiveness and shape the economic development of Jamaica and the Caribbean. “We have only a decade to go for realizing Vision 2030, for making Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business. The country needs urgently to accelerate its progress by leveraging the global convergence of physical, digital, and biological technologies,” states Dr. William Lawrence, Convenor of this year’s Roundtable and Director, Professional Services Unit, MSBM.

He adds that these cyber-physical systems are disrupting existing goods, services, human talent, and company infrastructure while opening new opportunities for innovation and growth.

The aim is to identify strategies for seizing opportunities arising from the Fourth Industrial Revolution and provide insights and prescriptions to strengthen public and private sector leadership information and skills for corporate transformation through data driven decisions, social interactions, organizational agility, and talent.

Last year, the deliberations at the MSBM Roundtable looked at strategic digital leadership to exploit data assets for value creation development. Prior forums, from 2010 to 2018, helped policy-makers and organizational leaders to innovate and manage risk by providing new analytical tools, informing the bankruptcy legislation for business recovery from financial distress, reinventing business models in the aftermath of the 2007-2009 global economic crisis, and strengthen firms in the construction sector.

The 10th MSBM Roundtable is organized by the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM), in partnership with the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica, the Jamaica Stock Exchange, the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica and the Project Management Institute.