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Asia’s AI Agenda: Putting the ‘AI’ in ‘Asia’

Conclusion: A holistic view of productivity development across an entire company and its assets is now emerging.

Editor’s Note: This article is excerpted from “Asia’s AI Agenda,” a report based on a recent survey of Asia-based senior executives at global organizations. For more about respondents’ opinions on how AI and robotics are affecting Asian business, please begin with the executive summary.

Asian business leaders need to adopt an extreme openness to successfully capitalize on today’s AI and automation trends—a willingness to actively collaborate in data analytics projects and share best practices and insight resulting from their own process automation efforts.

These technologies may have powerful effects on an individual company’s competitiveness (as business leaders assume in the survey results), but the quest for competitive advantage cannot blind business leaders to the greater benefits of collaboration, in much the same way that competitive AI developers themselves are increasingly pooling resources to accelerate their collective progress. It will also require leaders to champion process improvements based on automation and machine learning that are integrated into their firms’ broader talent management programs. AI may start to disintermediate roles and responsibilities across Asia’s economies, but it will enhance and redefine far more, while increasing the productivity of all workers.

The research undertaken for this report has elicited three primary “takeaways,” or themes, for senior executives managing businesses across Asia:

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