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Smith Business Close-Up: Disruptive Technologies in the Year Ahead

May 09, 2014
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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, 7:30 p.m. | Sunday, March 2, 2014, 7:30 a.m. 

As technology constantly evolves, so do many industries – often because they are forced to. Businesses that fail to adapt to disruptive technologies often don’t survive. One industry that is seeing the impact of technology in the digital age is education. 

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Henry Lucas talks about disruptive technologies and his recent experiences teaching Massive Online Open Courses – free online courses that often have more than 10,000 students participating. 

Lucas is the Smith Chair Professor of Information Systems. His recent book, “The Search for Survival: Lessons from Disruptive Technologies,” presents a model of survival to guide managers in responding to potentially disruptive 
technologies.  His research interests include information technology-enabled transformations of organizations, markets, industries and our daily lives. He has conducted research on the impact of information technology on organizations, IT in organization design, electronic commerce, and the value of information technology. Lucas co-produced and co-wrote “The Transformation Age: Surviving a Technology Revolution with Robert X. Cringely,” a documentary co-developed by Maryland Public Television and the Smith School shown on public television stations around the U.S. He has authored a dozen books as well as monographs and more than 70 articles in professional journals. 

Where to Watch

Smith Business Close-Up can be seen bi-weekly on Maryland Public Television's Your Business and Money. The program airs at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and is repeated the following Sunday at 7:30 a.m. on public television stations throughout Maryland and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region, including:

  • WMPB-TV (Ch. 67), Baltimore
  • WMPT-TV (Ch. 22), DC metro/Annapolis
  • WCPB-TV (Ch. 28), Salisbury
  • WFPT-TV (Ch. 62), Frederick
  • WWPB-TV (Ch. 31), Hagerstown
  • WGPT-TV (Ch. 36), Oakland

About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, MS in business, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.