What We Do
Devin’s interests center on applying foresight to organizational strategy, with an emphasis on the impacts of emerging technologies and shifting business models. He sees organizations as systems designed to activate know-how in the right places and at the right times. From this perspective, he argues that in a post-globalization world, all management is knowledge management. Devin is a frequent speaker at gatherings of business leaders and others interested in the transformation of organizations. He approaches projects from a strongly international perspective, having lived and worked in several countries throughout his career. Devin’s other research areas include shifts in the energy sector, new work models, and emerging disruptions to traditional models for higher education.
Before joining IFTF in 2010, Devin was involved with a number of projects in the areas of technology assessment and the future of business, including work in the Research and Analysis Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as director of the International Business Trends Center, and as an analyst for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh. He holds a BA in history from the University of Colorado, and an MBA with a focus in emerging markets from Budapest University of Economics and Institut des Hautes Etudes Economiques et Commerciales in Paris. Devin also participated in the inaugural class of Singularity University, a NASA and Google–sponsored program focused on harnessing emerging technologies to meet humanity’s grand challenges.
Making the Future
“Emerging network technologies are creating new ways of getting things done that are on a collision course with institutions as we know them. As these new tools complexify and disrupt the environment that organizations operate in, there’s a growing need to rethink fundamental assumptions. This ‘rethinkery’ is a critical step for any organization that wants to move forward.”