Philip Evans on Business Unit Strategy
Philip Evans is a senior advisor at The Boston Consulting Group and a BCG Fellow. He founded BCG’s media and Internet sectors and has done consulting work with corporations worldwide in the consumer goods, health care, financial-services, media, retail, and high-technology industries. He has also advised governments on military organization, homeland security, economic development, and digital policy.
Philip’s professional focus is on technology and business strategy. He has advised clients on community-centric marketing, tapping user-generated content, the architecture of open collaboration and innovation, network-based strategy, infrastructure economics, big data, privacy, and the deconstruction of value chains.
He is the author of many publications, including four Harvard Business Review articles. One of these—“Strategy and the New Economics of Information”—won a McKinsey Prize, which is awarded annually for the best contributions to the Review. Blown to Bits, Philip’s book on the new economics of information (coauthored with BCG's Tom Wurster), was the best-selling book worldwide on technology and strategy in 2000.
Philip is a frequent speaker on technology and strategy at industry, corporate, and academic conferences and has given keynote addresses at conferences convened by Bill Gates, Michael Milken, and the World Economic Forum. He has addressed closed-door sessions of the world’s telecommunication regulators in Geneva, privacy authorities in Uruguay, and the cabinet-level Senior Executive Council of the Pentagon. His TED talk has been viewed over a million times.
He contributed to an online course on Digital Transformation. The course, developed by BCG in partnership with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and Coursera, enables students to examine the pace of digital change and the imperative it creates for businesses.
He was designated by Walter Kiechel as one of the 15 “Lords of Strategy” in Kiechel's book of that title.
Philip is a member of the British-North American Committee and on the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute.