The Digital Revolution in Politics and Procurement

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 - WEBINAR


The Digital Revolution in Politics and Procurement

This free webinar is brought to you by the CIPS Germany branch and is for CIPS members and non-members to attend.


    17:30Webinar startAll times displayed in Central European Time
    17:35Speaker presentationMilo Jones
    19:00Webinar finish


    Procurement specialists have already felt the impact of digital technologies. But to really get ahead of the coming issues, they have to understand the impact of digital technologies on the larger geopolitical context. The various scandals that regularly engulf social media companies like Facebook and Twitter are only the tip of the digital iceberg towards which governments, societies and geopolitics generally are headed.

    Meanwhile, political change – or at least unprecedented pressure – is in the air, almost everywhere. Digital technology is permeating every part of how we are governed – and affecting whom we choose to do the governing. At the same time, perhaps less visibly, it is affecting authoritarian societies. In this session, we will explore how digital technology has become what philosophers call a “formal cause”, i.e. something that does not merely have effects, but that is actually structuring and shaping political and social choices. We will also try and glimpse what the digital future holds for procurement.

    Aims: - Explore how digital technology has become a “formal cause” and obtain a glimpse into the digital future for procurement.


    Dr Milo Jones

    Consultant and Visiting Professor at IE Business School in MadridIE Business School of Madrid

    Dr. MILO JONES is a Warsaw-based consultant and a Visiting Professor at IE Business School in Madrid, where he teaches “Intelligence Tools for the Business Professional”, advanced strategy, and a variety of Geopolitics-related courses in the MBA, Executive Education, Masters in Finance and the Masters in Cybersecurity programs. From 2012 to 2017 Milo was also a staff member of Wal-Mart's Leadership Academy, where he worked with the retailer’s senior leadership on questions surrounding strategy, commodities, leadership and technology. In addition to Walmart, Milo’s experience in executive education extends to work with Axa, Accenture, Banco Santander, BHP Billiton, Brambles, Cemex, Cencosud, EY, Gestamp, Gulf Medical, Kimberly-Clark, Nikkei, Nissan, Renault, Saudi Aramco, and Westpac Bank. He is also an instructor at CEDEP, in Fontainebleau, France.

    Milo has spoken at numerous intelligence, finance and geopolitics-related conferences, including Institutional Investor Forums, Euromoney events, TEDx Madrid, and at the 2015 and 2017 World Knowledge Forums in Seoul, Korea. In 2016, Milo also spoke at a special event organized by Harvard Business Review Korea/DBR on his application of intelligence methodologies to business situations. In 2018, he spoke at the Samuel Neaman Institute at Technion in Haifa on the impact of digital technology on Israel’s strategic environment; in 2019 he was the keynote speaker at the Netherland’s Intelligence Services’ (AIVD) Annual Analysts’ Conference, and at the INSS in Tel Aviv on the topic “Coup d'état: A Digital Manual”.

    In 2013, Stanford University Press published a book based on Milo’s PhD dissertation, Constructing Cassandra: Reframing Intelligence Failure at the CIA, 1947-2001.

    Milo currently serves on the board of a business with over $200 million in annual sales. In the past, Milo worked in London as a Senior Manager in Organizational Strategy and Change for Accenture, at Citibank Emerging Markets, and as an Investment Advisor at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in New York.

    Before entering the business world, Milo served as an officer in the US Marine Corps and graduated from the US Army’s Airborne Course. In addition to his PhD from the UK’s University of Kent, he holds an MA with Distinction in International Relations, an MBA from London Business School, and a BA in Art History from Northwestern University.

    Milo is a Fellow of the Center for the Study of Digital Life and the Salzburg Global Seminar. He is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. Milo currently researches the impact of digital technologies (including AI, Automation and Genetic technologies) on individual leaders, companies, industries and on geopolitics generally. In Hilary Term, 2022, he will be a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Changing Character of War at Pembroke College, Oxford.

    A native of Manhattan, Milo now lives in Warsaw, Poland.


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