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Digital Future Initiative

“Digital technology has and will continue to transform our lives and CBS has a role in both advancing research and educating the next generation of leaders to succeed in and shape the digital economy.” - Costis Maglaras, Dean, Columbia Business School

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Our Vision

The Digital Future Initiative focuses Columbia Business School’s world-class research and teaching on how technology is altering all industries and the fabric of daily life.

The initiative brings together hundreds of faculty members from Columbia Business School and Columbia University with corporate leaders from across industries to help organizations, governments, and communities optimize and accelerate the technological advances of the future.

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To deliver critical insights on the digital transformation of business and society, the Digital Future Initiative will initially launch four labs, each devoted to a specific area of study.


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Algorithmic Economy Lab

will aim to further the study of data-driven algorithmic decision-making.

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Briger Family Digital Finance Lab 

will look at challenges and opportunities of the fundamental economics of blockchains, decentralized market microstructure, and mechanisms for decentralized organization and governance.

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Humans in the Digital Economy Lab 

will explore the role and interaction of human decision-making and social interactions in the digital economy.

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Media and Technology Lab

will focus on advancing research on how technology has transformed the media sector and how new challenges as a result of this transformation can be addressed.

Upcoming Events

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“How Technical does a Product Manager need to be?” with Paankhuri Gupta ’19 (Amazon)

Lunch and Learn

April 4th, 2023 | 12:30 - 1:30pm

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"Less is Better: Lessons in Internal Innovation and Personal Growth" with Tiffany Dockery (Etsy)

Lunch and Learn

April 11th, 2023 | 12:30 - 1:30pm

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Paradigm with Dan Robinson

Digital Finance Seminar Series

April 17th, 2023 | 5:45 - 6:45pm

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"How the New York Times is Navigating Changes in Product and Technology" with Alex Hardiman (New York Times)

Lunch and Learn

April 18th, 2023 | 12:30 - 1:30pm

Product Management Lunch & Learn

Join Us At The Inaugural Series!

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The Digital Future Initiative is pleased to announce the inaugural Product Management Lunch & Learn series. Each fall and spring term, we will bring industry experts to campus to share their perspectives on topics relevant to aspiring product managers, covering career guidance, PM best practices or timely hot topics. Grab some lunch and participate in the discussion!

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Columbia Business School Expands Digital Future Initiative

The School’s Digital Future Initiative, focused on the global transformation to a digital economy, announces the launch of four specialized research labs and the formation of an 11-member advisory board of global business leaders

Professor Daniel Russo, Philip H. Geier Jr. Associate Professor of Business, was awarded the 2022 Frederick W. Lanchester Prize

The Lanchester prize is awarded for the best contribution to operations research and the management sciences.


Faculty Perspectives

Professor Stephan Meier on the Office of the Future

The office of the future will be intentional about in-person work, cater to employees, and driven by performance metrics.

Professor Shivaram Rajgopal looks at Digital Technology Giants and their Market Power

Do Digital Technology Firms Earn Excess Profits?

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