Pepperdine University Hosts Digital Innovation and Information Systems Conference, October 17, in Malibu, CA

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- How information and communications technologies are transforming business models and operations, customer experiences, products and services is the subject of the all-day “Digital Innovation and Information Systems Conference” at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, in Malibu, CA.

Toyota, Pictographics, Union Bank, IBM, CBS, and Sony Pictures Entertainment executives, among others, will join faculty from Pepperdine’s Center for Applied Research and MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research to address how professionals, entrepreneurs and their organizations can learn to take advantage of new digital tools such as social media, 4G wireless connectivity, “smart” mobile devices, telematics, Internet-connected objects, cloud computing and the widespread availability of information to “work smart” and to innovate business strategy.

Featured speaker Dr. Jeanne Ross, director and principal research scientist at MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research, will address the “Emerging Essential Competencies for Digital Innovation.” Zack Hicks, CIO, Toyota North America, will present on “Innovation, Cars and Digital Capabilities.” Harvey Koeppel, President, Pictographics, and formerly executive director at the Center for CIO Leadership, will examine “The Changing Role of the Global CIO: From Local Command and Control to Global Community and Collaboration.” Panel discussions featuring executives from a cross-section of industries will round-out the program.

The conference begins at 8 a.m. and includes lunch and a networking reception. Admission is $150 for the general public, $75 for Pepperdine alumni and $20 for students. To register, go to

The Center for Applied Research at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University, serves as a focal point for the creation of knowledge and education that has direct application and relevance for working professionals and their organizations. The Center supports the mission of Pepperdine’s business school to develop values-centered leaders and advance responsible business practice. Enhancing thought leadership both within and beyond academia, the Center addresses actionable best practices and challenges facing a rapidly evolving global marketplace.

About Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management

Founded on the core values of integrity, stewardship, courage, and compassion, Pepperdine University’s Graziadio (GRAT-ZEE-ah-DEE-oh) School of Business and Management has been developing values-centered leaders and advancing responsible business practice since 1969. Student-focused, experience-driven, and globally-oriented, the Graziadio School offers fully accredited top-ranked MBA, Masters of Science, and bachelor’s completion business programs. More information found at

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