Hi, I’m Tony O’Driscoll. I was born in Youghal, Ireland. I grew up all over the world (Africa, Asia, Europe) and landed in the US in 1983. I was originally only supposed to be here for 2 years to finish high-school, but somehow ended up staying here for the past 29.
As of April 2012, I have honor of serving as Executive Director at Duke Corporate Education where I focus on working with clients to develop and implement strategies that enable organizations to realize the full potential of their most valuable asset: People.
Prior to joining Duke Corporate Education, I served on the Faculty of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management. At Fuqua, I helped redesign the Cross Continent MBA (CCMBA) program and served as Executive Director of Fuqua’s Center for Technology Entertainment and Media (CTEM), a research center dedicated to understanding the strategic, structural, and business-model issues with these vibrant and volatile industry sectors. At Poole, I was a founding member of NCSU’s Technology, Education, and Commercialization (TEC) Program established to educate graduate engineering and management students in the areas of new product and service development via the incubation and commercialization of emerging technologies.
During my 18-year industry career, I held several leadership positions with Nortel Networks and IBM in the areas of Strategic Business Planning, New Product and Service Development, Research and Human Capital Management. I was a founding member of IBM Global Service’s Strategy and Change consulting practice. In that role, I consulted with business leaders around the world on creating sustainable competitive advantage in an increasingly global, networked and knowledge-enabled economy. He also served as a member IBM’s Almaden Services Research group where I investigated the changing roles of leadership, collaboration and innovation as enterprises become more global, virtual, open and digitally mediated. At both IBM and Nortel Networks, I also had enterprise-level responsibility for crafting learning and human performance strategies.
My current research focuses on how emerging technologies are rapidly disrupting existing industry structures and business models. I am focusing specifically on how organizations and the people who lead them must adapt and evolve in an increasingly turbulent and uncertain business environment. I am is co-primary investigator on a large NSF grant that is investigating the role that Social Media is playing in redefining enterprise structure and work-flow. My research has been published in leading academic journals such as Management Information Sciences Quarterly, the Journal of Management Information Systems, and the Journal of Product Innovation Management. I have also been published in respected professional journals such as Harvard Business Review, Strategy and Business, Supply Chain Management Review and Chief Learning Officer Magazine. I also served as a Research Fellow for the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and on the Editorial Board of Human Resources Development Quarterly (HRDQ).
My most recent book, Learning in 3D: Adding a New Dimension to Enterprise Learning and Collaboration, examines the impact of the emerging immersive Internet on human capital strategy and practice. My pervious book, Achieving Desired Business Performance, examines how the discipline of Human Performance Technology (HPT) can be integrated with Organization Design and Training and Development to create a more comprehensive and effective approach to building organization capability.
In addition to serving as curator for the popular Training and Learning 3.0 conferences, I am a frequently invited speaker for both corporate and academic conferences. I has been a conference chair, keynote speaker, workshop leader, moderator, speaker and panelist at over 100 national and international conferences. Representative conferences include: Business Week’s Breakthrough Conference, TED University, the Human Resource Planning Society’s (HRPS) Global Conference, the Organization Science Winter Conference (OSWC) and the Training Leadership Summit. I also frequently provide expert analysis and interviews to media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Financial Times, Wired Magazine, and Chief Learning Officer magazine and for industry analysts such as Gartner and Forrester.
I am conscious that I have written the word “I” 20 times in the last seven paragraphs and, given that I (21) was raised in the east, I (22) am really conscious that such behavior creates an opening where the ego might want to jump in so I really need to stop this sillyness right NOW ; )
For those of you trying to track me down, given that I have been hopping around a ton lately here are my Duke CE Coordinates:
Dr. Tony O’Driscoll
Duke Corporate Education
310 Blackwell Street, Durham NC 27701