Willis Towers Watson (WTW) is joining the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, as a corporate partner.
Through the Mack Institute’s events and workshops and its global network of corporate partners, the Willis Research Network anticipates gaining insights into the challenges companies across industry face including:
- the future of work and the accelerated emerging technologies influencing organisational business models
- specific insights into the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) business sector
- strategic areas for innovation and opportunities to challenge the perception of risk
WTW said it aims to ensure clients can benefit from in-depth research that it pursues in many arenas.
The Mack Institute’s focus on applied, practical research areas complements a growing emphasis of the Willis Research Network on people and technology-related risks.
WTW is also participating in the Institute’s Collaborative Innovation Program, which connects Wharton students with the Institute’s corporate partners. The aim is to identify, by the end of 2020, potential challenges and impacts to the corporate risk landscape including and building on those identified in its 2016 Technology, Media and Telecommunications Risk Index.
Sara Benolken, global TMT industry leader at WTW welcomed the partnership:
“Emerging Technologies are influencing new solutions and helping change how companies view risk across almost every industry,” she said.
“WTW’s TMT Risk Report, created with input from the Collaborative Innovation Program’s Wharton MBA team, will help companies strategically plan as well as mitigate the increasing risk implications brought about through the advancement of technology. The research will allow us to help prepare and drive a new, more strategic role for risk managers and help prepare for the changing risk landscape facing global companies.”
Saikat Chaudhuri, executive director of the Mack Institute added: “We’re thrilled to have WTW join our global learning network for scholars, business leaders and students. Our Collaborative Innovation Program taps into a pool of top students at the Wharton School, under the guidance of a faculty member, to tackle our corporate partners’ challenges.”