Dr. Joe Webb helps businesses understand the future. He is a consultant, entrepreneur, and economics commentator who started his career in the industrial imaging industry more than 30 years ago. He held business research, planning, marketing and forecasting executive positions along the way, and consulted to firms ranging from large multinationals to small businesses. He started an Internet-based research business in 1995, selling it to a multinational publisher in 2000. Since then, his consulting, speaking, and research projects focused on the interaction of business-to-business economics and technology trends. He is a doctoral graduate in industrial and corporate education (graphic arts management and technology) from New York University, holds an MBA in Management Information Systems from Iona College, with baccalaureate work in managerial sciences and marketing at Manhattan College. He taught in graduate and undergraduate programs in the Northeast US, where his courses included management, organizational behavior, policy and strategy, marketing, marketing research, and quantitative analysis.
Dr. Webb’s primary endeavor is based on the book UnSquaring the Wheel, written with Wayne Peterson and Chris Bondy. The book examines print and media businesses on a model of nine disciplines that need to interact and be integrated, a vastly different approach than the common two (sales and production) that typify most print businesses. The three founded a non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) entity to create and deliver leadership education programs based on the UnSquaring model.
In the US commercial printing industry, he is best known for his commentary at WhatTheyThink.com and his books. He authored several with Richard Romano. The best known is Disrupting the Future, likely the widest circulated ever published in the printing industry, with more than 10,000 hard copies, and 5,000+ downloads worldwide. The book was distributed by major industry suppliers such as Xerox, Canon/Oce, and MAN Roland, at trade shows and industry events. The book was also translated into Portuguese and Japanese. Disrupting was followed by two books, This Point Forward, (2014) and The Third Wave (2017). A special version of The Third Wave was produced for HP and was the first book written from beginning to end with its Link Reader technology embedded in its text. Other books included Renewing the Printing Industry and Getting Business. A collection of Dr. Webb’s essays, principally from his columns at WhatTheyThink, was published as Changing Our Mindset.
A labor of love project with Richard Romano was the book The Home Office That Works! for people who find themselves having to work at home in a business or as a telecommuter. Rather than a book about starting a home business, this was about managing a home work environment and being effective, productive, and happier in the process. Dr. Webb presented many workshops in the Raleigh, NC area for Raleigh SCORE and the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce.
For more than 40 years, Dr. Webb has been a hobbyist in the collecting and preservation of radio programs from the 1930s to the 1960s. His collection numbers more than 100,000 recordings. He has authored The Missing Suspense Episodes about the long-running CBS radio anthology series where he presents background about the still missing 18 broadcast recordings of the series 900+ episodes. A Listeners Guide to ‘Casey, Crime Photographer’ about the popular 1940s detection program is forthcoming.
Dr. Webb is also a martial arts enthusiast who earned black belt rank in Ryuku hon Kenpo Kobujitsu (Okinawan Kenpo) and also in Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan (Okinawan Shorin-Ryu). He is in active study of Shorinkan with Sensei Brian Bulow in Raleigh, NC.