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Mark Esposito

Clinical Professor of Global Shifts and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 1221
Biography: 

Dr. Mark Esposito is recognized internationally as a top global thought leader in matters relating to The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the changes and opportunities that technology will bring to a variety of industries. He is Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer at Nexus FrontierTech, an AI scale-up venture. He was inducted in 2016 in the radar of Thinkers50 as one of the 30 most prominent rising business thinkers in the world. He is a global expert of the World Economic Forum and advisor to national governments. 

Besides being a Professor at Thunderbird/ASU, Mark has been a Professor of Business & Economics at Hult International Business School, globally. He co-directs the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Globalization 4.0 Initiative at Arizona State University's Thunderbird since its inception. Since 2019, he is has been inducted by MIT Technology Review into the list of the top 100 Global Tech influencers as well as Top 50 most influential thinkers in AI by Thinkers360.

He served as Institutes Council Co-Leader and Affiliate Faculty at the Microeconomics of Competitiveness program (MOC) at the Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness, at Harvard Business School under the mentorship of Professor Michael E. Porter until 2019 and he oversaw the management of several affiliated research centers which are actively involved with cluster theory research and practice. During his tenure at the Institute, Mark has overseen several research initiatives from the affiliate centers and curated the first Institutes Council Guide for new inductees, ever produced by the Institute.

He is a nonresident Fellow at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government in Dubai as well as Research Associate for the University College London, Blockchain Technologies. In 2021 he was appointed as Policy Fellow at the renowned Institute for Innovation and Public Policy at UCL, led by world acclaimed economist, Mariana Mazzucato. He is equally an appointed Senior Fellow at the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils in Washington DC as well as a Fellow of the Social Progress Imperative, always in DC. He sits on the boards of competitiveness national institutes in India, Italy and the Netherlands. In 2021 he was named Faculty Fellow for the Center for Law, Science and Innovation at Sandra O' Connor College of Law, at ASU.

He served  from 2016 to 2020 as Fellow at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, where he was a founding member of the Circular Economy Center and he is since 2012 a Senior Associate for the Cambridge Institute of Sustainable Leadership, at the University of Cambridge.

He is involved as Senior Advisor at Cambrian Futures a global advisory deep tech thinktank. Since 2020, he is a Subject Matter Expert for the National Program on Artificial Intelligence  as well as Expert on Global Risks for the Centennial Lab at the Prime Minister Office of the UAE. He is fluent in 6 languages and in his non academic life, he holds the rank of Master Instructor, Black Belt IV Dan, at the International Budo Institute in Canada.

Research Summary

Dr. Esposito's research focuses on the interlink between policy, business and technology and he researches the impact that the transformation of the 4IR technologies will bring to an array of industries. He writes both professional press and academic pieces on the future, foresights and systems analysis and he has been investigating socio-economic complexity since his time at Michael Porter's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at HBS when he served as Institutes Council Co-Leader. Dr. Esposito is a prolific author with 150 peer and non peer reviewed articles, 11 edited and authored books, several chapters, and over 40 case studies, mainly on clusters and clusters theory. He has participated to 6 reports for the World Economic Forum and he is an active contributor to places like Project Syndicate and Harvard Business Review. His work on the Circular Economy is highly cited and made it to the list of the most cited articles in the field, for his publication on Thunderbird International Business Review as well California Management Review.

His next books, to be published respectively by MIT University Press ( 2022) and Cambridge University Press ( 2022) deal with questions on the Great reset in a post pandemic world as well as the rise of the emerging economies under the dome of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Megatrends and Futures
  • Artificial Intelligence/Digital Transformation
  • Economics
  • Competitiveness and Cluster Theory
  • Economic Strategy
  • Growth and Competitive Strategy
  • Social Complexity and Systems Dynamics

Languages of Instruction:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Dutch (working knowledge)
Education: 
  • Executive Doctorate of Business Administration, Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech
  • Doctoral Degree in Business and Economics, International School of Management, Paris/New York
  • B.A and M.A in Social Sciences, University of Turin, Italy
Videos
Google Talk on The AI Republic : Dr. Esposito shares with us his view on the fourth industrial revolution mainly artificial intelligence and its societal implications.
Publications: 

Books

 

  • Esposito, M.; Kapoor, A.; (2022), The Emerging Economies under the dome of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Cambridge University Press ( forthcoming)
  • Groth, O.; Esposito, M.; Tse, T.; (2022), The Great Remobilization, MIT University Press (forthcoming)
  • Tse, T. & Esposito, M.; Goh, D. (2019), The AI Republic. Houston, Lioncrest
  • Adeleye I., & Esposito M. (2018), Africa’s competitiveness in the global economy, London:Palgrave Macmillan
  • Tse, T. & Esposito, M. (2017), Understanding the future as it unfolds, Houston, Lioncrest
  • O’Sullivan, P, Esposito, M. & Allington, N., (2015), From hubris to disgrace: The philosophy, politics and economics of finance in the 21st Century, London, Routledge
  • Esposito, M.& O'Sullivan, P & Smith, M. (2012), Business ethics: Integrating business ethics across the world, London: Routledge
  • Esposito, M., Williams L. & Biscaccianti, A., (2011), The M3C- Model of cooperative contextual change, Oklahoma: Tate
  • Esposito, M., (2009), Put your corporate social responsibility act together!, Oklahoma: Tate

 

Selected articles

 

  • Aboulamer, A.; Soufani, K.; Esposito, M. Financing the circular economic model; Thunderbird International Business Review, Vol 62, Issue 6, pp 641-646
  • Tse, T.; Esposito, M.; Mizuno, T.; Goh, D.; Why your AI Project will fail Harvard Business Review (June 2020)
  • Esposito, M.; Tse, T. & Soufani, K. The Circular Economy: An Opportunity for Renewal, Growth, and Stability; Thunderbird International Business Review, Vol 60, Issue 5, pp 725-728
  • Esposito, M.; Tse, T. & Soufani, K. Reverse Logistics for Postal Services within a Circular Economy, Thunderbird International Business Review, Vol 60, Issue 5, pp 741-745
  • Goyal, S., Kapoor, A.& Esposito, M. Circular economy business models in developing economies: Lessons from India on reduce, recycle, and reuse paradigms. Thunderbird International Business Review, Vol 60, issue 5, pp 729-740
  • Goyal S., Sergi B., & Esposito M. Business development services for micro, small and medium enterprises: Literature review of past trends and future directions. World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Vol.14, No.3, pp.312 - 332
  • Arnaout, B.& Esposito, M. The value of communication in turbulent environments: How SMEs manage change successfully in unstable surroundings. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 34(4):500-515
  • Esposito, M.; Tse, T.; Soufani, K.; The development of the circular economy shapes new managerial and policy implications, California Management Review, 60:3 ; 5-19
  • Esposito, M.; Tse, T.; Soufani, K.; Xiong, L. Growing Agriculture Markets with Vertical Farms. California Management Review (digital)
  • Esposito, M.; Tse, T.; Goh, D. How to Start an AI Business California Management Review (digital)
  • Goyal S., Kapoor A., Esposito M., & Sergi B. Understanding business models: Literature review of concept and trends. International Journal of Competitiveness, Vol.1, No.2, pp.99 - 118
  • Kor, Y.; Prabhu, J.; Esposito, M.; How Large Food Retailers Can Help Solve the Food Waste Crisis, Harvard Business Review 
  • Esposito, M.; Tse, T.; Soufani, K.; Xiong, L. Feeding the Future of Agriculture with Vertical Farming, Stanford Social Innovation Review (digital article)
  • Groth, O.; Nitzberg,M.; Esposito, M.; A Magna Carta for the Global AI Economy, Harvard Business Review (German, French, Italian Editions)
  • Esposito, M.; Climate Change as a Driver of Ultimate Disruption, Harvard Business Review Italia, October 2017 (special issue)
  • Esposito, M.; Tse, T ,; DRIVE: The Five Megatrends that Underpin the Future Business, Social and Economic Landscapes, Thunderbird International Business Review, 60/1 :pp 121-129
  • Addamo R., Sergi B., Esposito M., The experience of the performance-related pay in Italy’s high school system. Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, 2017, Vol. 11 Issue: 4, pp.480-490

  • Esposito, M.; Tse, T. & Soufani, K. The Seminal Concept of Fast Expanding Markets Thunderbird International Business Review, 59/1: 5-7
  • Esposito, M.; Tse, T. & Soufani, K. Is the circular economy a new fast expanding market? Thunderbird International Business Review, 59/1: 9-14
  • Esposito, M., Tse, T. & Soufani, K. You've Got Mail: Integrating the USPS into the Circular Economy, California Management Review, 2016, Digital Article
  • Martinez, F. O'Sullivan, P.; Smith, M.; , Esposito, M. "Perspectives on the role of business in social innovation", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 36 Issue: 5
  • Maung, M., Esposito, M., & Desmoulins, F. Should pharmaceutical companies engage in corporate social responsibility? Journal of Management Development, 36(1):-58-70 · February 2017
  • Haddad G., Esposito M., & Tse, T. The social cluster of gender, agency and entrepreneurship. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 38/4: 431-450.
  • Esposito, M., Tse, T. & Soufani, K. Green chemistry: Molecular technology on a massive scale. California Management Review, 2016, Digital Article
  • Esposito M. & Tse, T., Understanding DRIVE and megatrends, Harvard Business Review, Italia, 100:105
  • Esposito M., Tse T., & Soufani K. How businesses can support a circular economy. Harvard Business Review, 1-6.
  • Esposito, M., Tse, T. & Soufani, K. Food waste and the circular economy: No stinky business. California Management Review, Digital Article
  • Esposito, M., Tse, T.& Soufani, K. The circular economy takes on Food Waste. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Digital Article
  • Santora J., Sarros J., Bozer, G,, Bassi A., & Esposito M., Nonprofit succession planning and organizational sustainability: A preliminary comparative study in Australia, Brazil, Israel, Italy, Russia and the U.S. Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship, 20/4: 66-83.
  • Esposito, M., Tse, T.& Soufani, K. Fast-expanding markets: The revolution of the micro-economy. Thunderbird International Business Review, 58/1: 5-11.
  • Esposito, M., Tse, T.& Soufani, K. How can companies benefit from a circular economy. California Management Review, Digital Article
  • Esposito, M. & Tse, T. New business growth in the era of collaboration. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Digital Article
  • O'Sullivan, P., Allington, N., & Esposito, M. From hubris to disgrace: The philosophy, politics and economics of finance in the 21st century, a book review, Journal of Economic Literature, 5/4: 681- 682.
  • Esposito, M., Tse, T. & Groth, O. What Europe needs is an innovation-driven entrepreneurship ecosystem: Introducing EDIE. Thunderbird International Business Review 57/4: 263–269.
  • Esposito, M., Tse, T., & Groth, O. Come saranno le aziende del futuro? Dalle grandi muraglie alle corporations cambriane. Harvard Business Review Italia, 4: 98-103.
  • Cole, O., Tse, T., & Esposito, M. Did Nigeria and Angola manage their oil windfalls well between 1970 and 2000: What lessons can be learned for new oil producers? International Journal of Economic Policies in Emerging Economies, 8/1:1-19.
  • Esposito, M., Tse, T., & Groth, O. The future of the global corporation: From fortress firms to Cambrian corporations. Thunderbird International Business Review, 57/3: 255–260.
  • Esposito, M., Tse, T., & Groth, O. Wie 3D-Druck die Produktion revolutioniert. Harvard Business Manager, Deutschland, 1: 2-9.
  • Esposito, M., Tse, T., & Khalid, A. Fast expanding markets for good. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Digital Article
  • Groth, O., Esposito, M. & Tse T. Resume are messing up hiring. Harvard Business Review, 1-6.
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 598Special Topics
Spring 2021
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TGM 505States & Markets
TAM 589Global Field Seminar
TGM 594Conference and Workshop
TGM 596Thunderbird Experiencial Pract
TGM 598Special Topics
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
TAM 589Global Field Seminar
TGM 594Conference and Workshop
TGM 598Special Topics
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
TAM 541Strat in a Competitive World
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 505States & Markets