2016 Conference

PRISM’s second annual conference is organized around three half-day blocks of discussion: a full day on Friday, October 21, and a half day on Saturday, October 22.  Each of the three blocks will start with short prepared talks by relevant authorities, but be followed by ample time for discussion.

Download 2016 Conference Agenda

The topics and confirmed speakers are listed below.

Please click on presenters’ names below to download their papers, presentations or articles (if available).

  1. Dynamic Capabilities and Strategy Dynamics

PRISM I ended  with a brief recap of recent work on dynamic capabilities and a spirited discussion that indicated both significant differences of opinion and interest in following up on this topic, which is now central to academic strategy as well as to practice.  This session will focus on capabilities and, more broadly, dynamic thinking of the sort that has dominated the development of new strategic ideas since the 1990s.

Featured Speakers

David Teece (UC Berkeley)

Sidney Winter (Wharton)

Gary Pisano (HBS)

George Stalk (advisor to BCG)


  1. Strategy and External Stakeholders

There are many indications that the role of strategy in large companies has changed with finance, in particular, becoming more important, at least in the United States.  Some of these issues, particularly the short-term pressures that the equity markets can exert on public companies were raised in PRISM I.  This second session of PRISM II will broaden and deepen this focus with an outside-in perspective that also complements the inside-out perspective of session 1.

CSO Panel

Dan Simpson (Former CSO, Clorox; Moderator)

Stacy Dick (CFO, Julian Robertson Holdings; former CSO, Tenneco)

Vishal Lall (VP of Strategy, HP Enterprise)

Vivian Tan (VP of Strategy and Transformation, Kaiser Permanente)

Jean-Francois (“JF”) Van Kerckhove (Former CSO, eBay)

Dean Wise (CSO, BNSF Railway [a Berkshire Hathaway company])

Other Featured Speaker

Thomas Stewart (Executive Director, National Center for the Middle Market)


  1. Artificial Intelligence and Strategy

Digitization is the object of even more interest to the business community than it was when we held PRISM I.  The explosion of digital information and computing power is presenting new opportunities driven by machine learning and artificial intelligence.  This session, anchored by invited experts on artificial intelligence and its business applications, will serve as a basis for a discussion of how these developments will affect strategy making beyond the tactical level.


Tom Davenport (Babson College)

Vasant Dhar (NYU Stern and Editor, Big Data)

Martin Reeves (Director, Henderson Institute, BCG)