This post summarizes a recent McKinsey report, The new digital edge: Rethinking strategy for the postpandemic era (17 page PDF) based on a survey of C-level executives, business unit heads and senior managers conducted online last January. Unsurprisingly, we find "the pandemic has sped up the adoption of digital technologies by several years." What set companies apart was how much significance they had placed on digital innovation prior to the pandemic and how quickly they adapted as it progressed. "The importance of digital poses a challenge for company leaders: few are used to engaging with technology, even as it is transforming the requirements of nearly every role and becoming part of everyone's job. … Yet according to the survey, the majority of current leaders lack the knowledge or experience to pioneer ways to apply new technologies or consistently identify how new technologies can transform their business." This sounds like a lot of opportunity for people working in education and technology.
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