The Next Great Wave? Disruptive Technology, Innovation, Business, & Culture

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Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)

Defined very loosely as relatively untested technologies that emerge into mainstream culture without a framing business model, disruptive technologies generate sudden and great appeal among users. Thought of another way, disruptive technologies blindside traditional market structures, capturing the attention (and creative energies) of users so dramatically as to leave individual companies, industry sectors, and regulatory bodies scrambling to catch up.

novaNAIT & the Bachelor of Technology Management program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) invite submissions of proposals (maximum 250 words) for an upcoming conference that explores the implications of disruptive technology (as concept and practice) on business and culture, past or present.

Submissions are encouraged from a wide array of perspectives, which might include but are by no means limited to explorations of:

• The implications of specific disruptive technologies (from moveable print to peer-to-peer interactions, as examples)
• Case studies
• Disruptive technology and risk/change management
• Disruptive technology and creativity
• Disruptive technology and organizational assessment and (re)structuring
• Regulating disruption

Submissions should be submitted electronically to, attached as either a word or pdf file. Please include the following in the body of your email: proposed title of your presentation in addition to your name, affiliation, email address, and AV requirements

• Deadline for proposals: March 15, 2011
• Letters of acceptance: March 22, 2011
• Confirmation of attendance: April 1, 2011