The Next Disruption
James McQuivey, Ph.D., author of the new book Digital Disruption, promotes that accelerated disruption made possible by ubiquitous digital platforms and tools. In his work with companies in nearly every industry, he has observed the rise of a mindset among digital disruptors that is part hacker ethic, part rugged individualist, and part naive do-gooder. These traits are converging in maximally disruptive individuals that McQuivey collectively calls The Next Disruption. Where digital disruption research has historically focused on rewriting the rules of business creating now-legendary forces for change like Facebok and Hadoop, The Next Disruption will go much further, consciously applying the same interest in experimentation, data science, and risk to change the way we learn, govern, and live. This is not about the next big thing. It's about the next small things, billions of them, moving toward a bigger future than any powerful players can do alone.
James is a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research and the leading analyst tracking the development of digital disruption. He develops consumer models to help companies understand the power of digital consumers and strategy models to help companies in every industry prepare to serve those newly empowered consumers. His travels to meet with clients have sent him to Oslo, San Diego, Barcelona, Anchorage, and nearly everywhere else on the planet. No matter the locale he can be found imploring clients to think and act like digital disruptors.
James is in high demand as a speaker, keynoting and contributing to major events like CES as well as private client events. He comments regularly in The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and has contributed bylined columns for sites like Harvard Business Review, The Economist, and Forbes. He also appears frequently on news outlets like CNBC and NPR. He was recently featured in the critically acclaimed documentary Page One about the changes in the newsroom at The New York Times due to digital newsgathering and distribution. He is also a significant contributor to Stay Tuned, a documentary on the future of TV produced by Julia Boorstin at CNBC.