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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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Workshopping the New MBA: Tech, Data, Analytics

May 19th

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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A New Era Beyond Crypto

A panel at CBS examines ways to unleash the power of blockchain in the world of traditional finance.

How Will Remote Work Change the Real Estate Market?

At a recent CBS panel, experts from academia, industry, and government discussed the effects of working-from-home on commercial and residential real estate, and the future of cities.


Faculty Perspectives

Oded Netzer on 7 Ways To Use ChatGPT Smartly To Increase Your Proficiency

ChatGPT is a fantastic tool to enhance your work productivity and make your tasks easier. With its impressive functions, it gives workers a productivity boost.

Stijn van Niewerburgh on employers cutting jobs to trim costs. Should they be dumping office space instead?

Lego announced in January it was moving its headquarters from Connecticut to Boston. Last year, Meta closed one of its New York offices, and Twitter reportedly stopped paying rent on one of its buildings in San Francisco.

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