ESMT Annual Forum 2017


In times of transition and disruption, organizations must learn to embrace change and move quickly. Agility is called for today at every level of business and across every industry. Lean management – based upon the principles used in software development and characterized by fewer hierarchies and the ability to respond swiftly – is more relevant than ever before.

The ESMT Annual Forum will examine the frameworks necessary to enable organizational flexibility, and thus increase innovation in business. What must managers do to face the challenges of an accelerating world in which century-old business models can become obsolete in less than a decade? What kind of leadership is called for to facilitate agility within the organization? Keynotes and panel discussion with international experts, decision makers, and academics will focus on these questions and more. Focused sessions will allow participants to engage with other leaders facing similar challenges and to debate strategies to ensure a competitive advantage in the future.


The ESMT Annual Forum is organized by ESMT Berlin. The international business school was founded by 25 leading global companies and institutions and offers a full-time MBA, an executive MBA, a master’s in management as well as open enrollment and customized executive education programs.

Past topics

ESMT Annual Forum

2016: Digitalization

Responsible strategies for business and society

ESMT Annual Forum

2015: Entrepreneurship

Placed entrepreneurial thinking and action at the center of its program.

ESMT Annual Forum 2014

2014: Corporation 2050

Building to last, leading to adapt - delved into the major themes of future business and leadership.

ESMT Annual Forum 2013 - "The Future of Jobs"

2013: The Future of Jobs

Addressed the various issues of employment, career development etc.

ESMT Annual Forum 2012

2012: Leading Across Generations

The forum was organized by ESMT and the ILA.

ESMT Annual Forum 2011

2011: The Global Race for Competitive Edge

The ESMT Annual Forum 2011 was held July 6-7, 2011 in Berlin.

ESMT Annual Forum 2010

2010: People, Planet, Profit

ESMT welcomed more than 300 guests to its 3rd Annual Forum.

ESMT Annual Forum 2009

2009: Navigating in Turbulent Times

The 2nd Annual Forum brought together 270 delegates.

ESMT Annual Forum 2008

2008: Corporate Russia on the Rise

Russian corporations and their relationship to the West.

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