While Covid-19 has accelerated the implementation of digitalization with regard to artificial intelligence in Southeast Asia, it has also emphasized the need for reform and structural change in many sectors, notably education, business, healthcare, communications and banking and most importantly has compressed the time frame for those reforms. This paper examines the transition to digitalization in both the public and private sectors in Southeast Asia before and during the Covid-19 acceleration period. It examines the crisis and its unique problems and also the opportunities to install change.
Keywords: Digitalization, Southeast Asia, ASEAN, Covid-19, Technology, Healthcare
Reuben Mondejar is professor at the IESE Business School in Spain, adjunct professor at the Hong Kong Management Association, and president of the Asian Studies Association of Hong Kong.
Arthur Gogatz is an associate professor at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in Bangkok, Thailand, and director of World Innovation Team LLC, an international consulting firm based in California, USA, and Bangkok.
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