Theme: Organizational Excellence in the Digital Age
The technological advances of the past decade have resulted in a new industrial revolution that’s often referred to as the fourth industrial revolution or Industry 4.0. It is a revolution driven by the exponential growth of disruptive technologies and the changes those technologies are bringing to the workplace, the workforce, and the markets that organizations serve. These changes require organizations of excellence to be more adaptable, more agile, and more innovative than ever before. The new landscape this establishes requires individuals and organizations as a whole to constantly learn new things and challenge past practices and assumptions. ASQ invites you to join the revolution, embrace the disruption, and take the first step in positioning your organization for excellence in the digital age.
This high-level focus area aims to provide context on the level of disruption already occurring and the exponential rate at which that change will occur in the future. Sessions in this focus area will share a description of how organizations, markets, and the workforce are being changed currently and how that change will continue into the future.
Organizations across industry are being forced to re-examine and change their organizational activities, processes, and competencies. Sessions within this topic area examine and explore methods, models, and frameworks organizations can leverage while navigating the digital transformation required to adapt to today’s digital age.
The link between disruption, innovation, and the change that these elements lead to is inextricable. Organizations are facing a landscape in which change is ever present and occurring at a faster and faster rate. The sessions in this focus area are designed to explore the different ways in which organizations can position themselves for change, implement changes that are needed, and address the fast pace of change occurring in all industries as a result of disruptive technologies and ever-evolving markets.
The Future of Quality
The topic of disruptive technology is central to a growing conversation, but it is a conversation that seldom (if ever) looks at the topic through the lens of quality. The changes occurring in the digital age create great opportunity for quality professionals to lead. The sessions in this area examine these opportunities, the effects disruptive technologies are having on the quality function within organizations, and the influence that is having on the quality professional in general as a whole.