Recent Leadership

Intelligent cities are being developed all around the globe, from Barcelona in Spain to Medellin in Colombia to Songdo in South Korea. They demonstrate how technology and smart urban planning can relieve overstressed city budgets and meet the demands of rapid urbanization to make sustainable economic development possible. The result is an enviable quality of life that attracts and retains residents and businesses, creates jobs, and brings in a skilled labor pool.

The ebook Smart Cities: The Economic and Social Value of Building Intelligent Urban Spaces details how governments should design, finance, build, and operate an intelligent city for sustainability, innovation, and efficiency that can lead to a happier and more productive citizenry. Using data-driven approaches, smart-city governments collaborate internally as well as with its citizens—proactively and transparently—toward the goal of making life better for all.

In the foreword, Seeta Hariharan, General Manager and Group Head of the Digital Software & Solutions Group at Tata Consultancy Services, a global IT services and software company, shares her perspectives on the factors driving the need for Smart Cities and how to embark on the journey of Smart City Transformation.

The ebook contains examples of the latest Smart City initiatives worldwide. It showcases aspects of the intelligent city, including integrated transportation networks; smart systems for power, water, traffic and waste management; ubiquitous broadband access; safer streets and cleaner air. Finally, it shows how collaborative partnerships are the key to creating cities of the future.

TCS Digital Software & Solutions (DS&S) Group is a strategic growth unit within TCS, formed to develop enterprise customer and urban analytics software. The Group helps clients deliver relevant, differentiated experiences that make their customers’ lives better through a deeper understanding of customers’ needs in real time across their connected customer journeys. Developed by industry and urban planning experts, our pre-integrated, modular software for retail, banking, communications and cities is built on an open source, IoT-enabled platform with application modules configured to address clients’ specific business pain points within their industry and government domains. With TCS as a strategic partner, organizations can respond with agility and certainty in an increasingly uncertain digital world.

Knowledge@Wharton is the online business analysis journal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The site, which is free, captures relevant knowledge generated at Wharton and beyond by offering articles and videos based on research, conferences, speakers, books, and interviews with faculty and other experts on current business topics. Knowledge@Wharton has grown into a network of sites that includes a global edition in English and regional editions in Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese, as well as a site for high school students and educators. For more information about Knowledge@Wharton, please visit

What if you could sit down with some of today’s most successful thought leaders? Now you can.

Knowledge@Wharton has interviewed some of today’s leading thinkers about what success means to them. Conversations on Success: 6 Thought Leaders Redefine What It Means to Succeed, drawn from the archives of Knowledge@Wharton, includes interviews with:

  • Wharton professor Richard Shell on defining personal success
  • Barnard College president Debora Spar on women’s (impossible) quest for perfection
  • Bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell on the advantages of disadvantages
  • New York Times Corner Office columnist Adam Bryant on the 5 qualities of successful leaders
  • Wharton Work/Life Integration Project director Stewart Friedman on young people’s changing views on career and family success
  • Bestselling author Adam Grant on the surprising truth about who gets ahead

Conversations on Success is a must-read for those who are faced with defining success for themselves and those they lead. The ebook features interviews by Knowledge@Wharton executive director Mukul Pandya, Knowledge@Wharton editor Rachel Kipp, Wharton professor Adam Grant, Wharton Executive Education’s David Heckman, and Wharton Leadership Program executive director Jeffrey Klein.

What if you could sit down with some of today’s most effective business leaders? Now you can.

Knowledge@Wharton has interviewed some of today’s most powerful and successful business leaders about issues important to them as leaders. Conversations on Leadership: 6 Leaders on What Drives Excellence, drawn from the archives of Knowledge@Wharton, includes interviews with:

  • The Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington on how to thrive as a leader
  • Medtronic’s Bill George on authentic leadership
  • Johnson & Johnson’s Alex Gorsky on leadership challenges
  • The New York Times Company’s Arthur Sulzberger on leading the organization and newspaper
  • Ellevate’s Sallie Krawcheck on the business case for diverse leadership
  • PricewaterhouseCooper’s Robert E. Moritz on why “diverse teams give you the best thinking”

Featuring interviews by Wharton professors Adam M. Grant and Michael Useem, Conversations on Leadership is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the thinking of today’s business leaders or who aspires to become a more successful leader.