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Organizational Renewal in the Post-Pandemic World

Organizational Renewal in the Post-Pandemic World

The pandemic accelerated decentralization in many industries, leading to further disruption. Hundreds of millions of people experienced work and schooling from home. More people bought more things online than ever before in human history, while conventional retail suffered and many firms went under. The tourism, hospitality, and airline industries were severely impacted. Other industries that were more asset-light managed the transition much better. What will this look like going forward? What will the post-pandemic enterprise look like?

We will discuss:

  • Renewal strategies (e.g., organic v/s acquired innovation)
  • Smarter, more decentralized operating models
  • Reframing the employee relationship
  • Coping with new consumer expectations
  • Responding faster to emerging threats and opportunities
  • Building a culture that thrives on change


  • Moderator: Robert Massoudi
    Fmr. Group SVP, Global Head of Digital Transformation, ABB
    Founder/CEO, NuAxiom
  • Jill Nephew, CEO, Inqwire
  • Dr. Yossi Feinberg, Professor, Stanford GSB
  • Peter Löfgren, SVP Global Startup Collaborations, ABB
  • James J Piacentino, Global VP, Digital Industry Advisory Customer Group, SAP
  • Frode Odegard, Founder & CEO, Post-Industrial Institute

Recorded June 2, 2021

Note: Recorded before PLI rebranded as the Post-Industrial Institute

Speaker Biographies

Robert Massoudi
Founder/CEO, NuAxiom

Prior to founding Nu Axiom, Rob was Group SVP and Global Head of Digital Transformation at ABB. At ABB, Rob lead a team responsible for acceleration of the digital adoption with customers, ABB’s digital businesses, and incubation of strategic group-wide digital businesses. ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, servicing customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. The company operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.

Rob joined ABB from SpaceTime Insight (acquired by Nokia in 2018) where he served as the Corporate Development Officer and MD for APAC. SpaceTime Insight was a Silicon Valley IoT and Machine Learning startup based providing predictive monitoring and optimization solutions for Asset Intensive Industries.

Jill Nephew
CEO, Inqwire

Jill Nephew is the founder of Inqwire, PBC a company on a mission to help the world make sense. Inqwire provides tools and models to help people think about complex systems and applies them to the mother of all complex systems – the human mind.

Jill has a diverse science and engineering background. She has worked as an engineer developing tools to help people find solutions to complex, real-world problems. Her broad experience includes drug binding, motion control, disease kinetics, protein folding, and drug binding dynamics, atmospheric pollution, human articulated movement, complex fluids, and sensemaking. Her work also includes constraint-based optimization (a subset of A.I.) to help people schedule, plan, and forecast across large enterprises. Jill received a B.S. in Physics with honors from UCSC, completed Ph.D. coursework in Biophysics at USCF, and earned a M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD.

Yossi Feinberg
The Adams Distinguished Professor of
Management and Professor of Economics
Stanford Graduate School of Business

Yossi Feinberg received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1997. His thesis studied how differing prior beliefs of decision-makers can be expressed by their disagreement on current (posterior) events. After completing his dissertation under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Professor Robert J. Aumann, Yossi began teaching economics at Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Yossi joined Stanford GSB in 1998. His teaching interests include Economics of Organization, Managerial Economics, Strategy, Information Markets, Game Theory, and Applied Decision Making. In 2003 he received the MBA distinguished teaching award.

Yossi’s recent research interests include, for example, the analysis and implication of strategic decision-making in the face of unawareness. He has modeled games with unawareness and their solutions. In these games, each decision-maker can reason about the extent to which others may only have a limited perception of the full scale of the economic interaction at hand. Yossi was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Theory and serves as a referee for all major microeconomics journals. He has given numerous invited seminars as well as multiple plenary talks at academic conferences.

Yossi has been consulting in a wide range of industries, including hi-tech, media, and healthcare, as well as giving invited talks on topics such as pricing, the sub-prime crisis, in-house vs. outsourcing, allocating decision power in organizations, and strategic interactions. He is the faculty director of Stanford Ignite, a global innovation program running on the Stanford Campus.

Peter Löfgren
SVP Global Startup Collaborations

Peter is currently the CEO (and Founder) of SynerLeap powered by ABB, ABB’s Global Innovation Growth Hub, where innovation is accelerated together with ABB, partners, customers, and startups. To date, more than 135 collaborations have been started with startup members from 19 countries in all parts of the world. ABB has invested in five of the startups and reached partnerships with four. Member companies can accelerate by accessing unique industrial knowledge and ABB Industry knowledge.

Peter has extensive industry and business experience from several leading positions within ABB and several Board member positions. During his career, Innovation and Value creation have always been key. Peter holds an Executive MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics, an MSc from Chalmers University, and a Licentiate of Technology Degree (Swedish intermediate Ph.D. degree) from the Royal Institute of Technology. He holds eight patents.

James J Piacentino
Global Vice President
Digital Industry Advisory Customer Group

Two-time startup builder with exit(s) and currently a Corporate Digital Transformation Global Vice President within SAP SE’s Global Office of the CEO. With nine years of startup experience and 15 years of corporate experience, James has worked with and for Fortune 100 Corporations, Startups, Incubators, and Ventures (career-spanning). An avid public speaker and blogger, quoted in Forbes and Harvard Business Review with an HBR Feature Article being released in Fall 2021. Most recently, James Co-founded Unchained Brands, a Lifestyle Brand that gives back a portion of revenue proceeds to MusiCares a non-profit arm of the Grammys Recording Academy.

Frode Odegard
Chairman and CEO
Post-Industrial Institute

Frode Odegard studies how enterprises, investors, and policymakers can best navigate the transition to a post-industrial civilization and economy. He is the founder of the Post-Industrial Institute, which provides advisory, educational, and strategic services to corporates and investors to help them turn disruption into opportunity. Frode is also the founder of the Post-Industrial Forum, a global community formed to develop and promote a better understanding of the post-industrial transition and how to navigate it. Its members include investors, executives, founders, and policymakers.