Join us as we examine fresh case studies, peer-based problem-solving sessions, and topical workshops with Harvard faculty and researchers.

The 2019 Next Generation Operations Summit:

Leading into the New Pace of Change

When & Where

June 12-14, 2019

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

About the Summit

What if your customers could co-design an entire service or product virtually with your firm–-how would that change your operations? What if a supply chain could “think” on its own--what would than mean for your business? What if value shifted from single firms to broader ecosystems and networks--how would that impact your current business model, and create new ones?

These questions aren’t alluding to a distant future; they’re highlighting advances that are now driving a new pace of change--one that is faster than ever before.

The same trends and technologies driving the speed of change are also opening new possibilities for operations and supply chains. Artificial intelligence, particularly machine learning, is enabling operations and systems to learn and think on their own. Digital platforms and tools such as Blockchain are streamlining and accelerating transactions and value creation across ecosystems. And customer demand for real-time customization and co-design is opening an entirely new world of customer insights driven by data and analytics.

Leading into this new pace of change will be vital for chief operating officers and chief supply chain officers to realize competitive agility--and those who are successful will not only survive, but also thrive.


To help next generation operations and supply chain leaders set their vision and strategy, Leadership for a Networked World and the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, in collaboration with Accenture Strategy, are convening the 2019 Next Generation Operations Summit: Leading into the New Pace of Change to be held June 12–14 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

At the 2019 Summit, participants will learn about and share best practices on building the supply chain of the future. In particular, the Summit will look at the challenges and opportunities via:

This Summit will bring together select private sector operations and supply chain executives, industry experts and leading academics at Harvard University to understand the changing environment in supply chain strategy, learn about and share ideas on emerging business models, and prepare the next generation of supply chain leaders.

Who Should Attend?

The Summit is an invitation-only program designed to develop the next generation of chief operating and/or supply chain officers. Participants in the program are senior-level team members designated by the COO/CSCO of their respective firms, and current COO/CSCOs from the world’s most advanced companies sharing innovative cases.

Admission & Participation

Participation is limited to chief operating/supply chain officers and/or their designees. All other applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a case-by-case basis and according in part to space availability and cohort composition. This event is supported by the hosting and collaborating organizations, so there is no tuition or fee to attend. However, travel and hotel arrangements, and related expenses are the responsibility of individual participants.

Videos from Past Summits

Scott King
Vice President of Operations, Joint Venture of AB InBev and Keurig

In Collaboration with

Accenture Strategy operates at the intersection of business and technology, combining deep industry expertise, advanced analytics capabilities and human-led design methodologies that enable clients to act with speed and confidence. By identifying clear, actionable paths to accelerate competitive agility, Accenture Strategy helps leaders in the C-suite envision and execute strategies that drive growth in the face of digital transformation. For more information, follow @AccentureStrat or visit

Hosted by

Leadership for a Networked World’s applied research, student innovation challenge, and on-campus summit programs are an initiative of Dr. Antonio M. Oftelie, Innovation Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), part of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. TECH is a hub for students, faculty, alumni, and government and industry leaders to learn together, collaborate, and innovate. LNW accelerates these efforts by connecting leaders across sectors and developing cutting-edge thought leadership on innovation and organizational transformation.

© 2019 Leadership for a Networked World. All Rights Reserved.