A digital strategy masterclass
Prof. Joe Peppard, PhD
“Digital,” “digital disruption,” and “digital transformation” are currently hot topics in C-suites and boardrooms. Yet, where leadership teams usually struggle is building a coherent strategy for their digital investments and then managing the implementation of these investments in ways that deliver expected business outcomes. In this masterclass, Prof. Peppard will share some of the key findings from the research he conducted for his latest book, The Strategic Management of Information Systems: Building a Digital Strategy (Wiley, 2016).
Joe Peppard is a professor at ESMT. His research and teaching are in the area of information systems and technology, where he seeks to challenge dominant orthodoxies that contributing significantly to organizations’ inability to leverage digital technologies. He has published widely in academic and general business journals.
Digital changes and the individual: How culture changes context
Some of the greatest impacts of digital technology and the speed of change have been on the lives of individuals. We can connect individuals across multiple borders, time zones, and interest groups at an ever-challenging pace. However, adopting technology on its own will not create innovation. Success is determined by the extent to which the individual embraces the technology and changes their knowledge sphere. New insights are emerging from neuroscience on how the brain functions during major periods of change. To operate in today’s workforce, the “corporate mind” must support the “individual mind” in order to manage increasing levels of speed, unpredictability, and complexity.
This interactive session reveals the impact of digital change from a cultural perspective, in relation to changes in the workforce, and specifically in relation to prioritizing activities concerning skills development. Digital change is a key subject for debate and will be a critical item on the business agenda in the future.
Annie Faulkner is a program director at ESMT. Her expertise includes business transformation, cross-culture coaching, employee engagement, and making sense of complexity. She completed her MSc in strategic focus at Edinburgh Business School and her MBA at CASS. Prior to joining ESMT, she was project director for Old Mutual.
Going digital, staying human
Sebastian Fittko, Christoph Räthke, and Stefanie Schramm
Behind closed doors, executives of large and Mittelstand corporations often voice frustration about their employees “not being ready to be more entrepreneurial or become part of digitization.” So how can they turn digitization from a concept understood by company leaders into a new way of working that is shared and supported by the people within the organization?
After short introductory keynotes about concepts, best practice, and case studies, participants will have a chance to discuss the topic with – and get advice from – Stefanie Schramm (former program director of StartupInstitute), Sebastian Fittko (head of RWE Innovation Hub Berlin), and Christoph Räthke (GTEC director of education).
Christoph Räthke is the director of education at GTEC. He has been working in the digital industry since 1996. After stints at Deutsche Telekom and Berlin-based digital agencies, he began working as a consultant for the digital industry and founded the Berlin Startup Academy. At GTEC, he manages entrepreneurship education activities, lectures, and the workshops program.
HR goes digital
Kristen Herde and Prof. Konstantin Korotov, PhD
This session, facilitated by Prof. Konstantin Korotov, director of ESMT’s Center for Leadership Development Research, features Kristen Herde, an ESMT Executive MBA alumna. Herde is a former global HR executive and founder of YeaHR! – an innovative consulting agency that supports HR in capturing a leading role in the digital transformation of companies. The session will offer an interactive discussion on what digitalization means for organizational HR practices and cultural change – from the way companies attract, onboard, develop, and retain talent to how leaders will lead and employees will collaborate in the future.
Konstantin Korotov is an associate professor and the director of the Center for Leadership Development Research at ESMT. He researches and teaches worldwide in the areas of leadership development, leadership coaching, careers, and executive education. He has published multiple articles and books and is a practicing leadership coach specializing in challenging leadership development cases.
Kristen Herde, CEO and founder of YeaHR! GmbH, brings in-depth HR know-how from areas such as employer branding, employee engagement, talent and performance management, change management, and recruiting. She has more than 10 years of international experience as a senior HR leader at E.ON and most recently served as the global HR director for E.ON Climate & Renewables and VP of Diversity Management for E.ON. Herde holds an Executive MBA from ESMT, is a certified Executive Coach from Columbia University, and has worked as an HR consultant, executive coach, trainer, and high-impact facilitator partnering numerous international corporations over the past four years.
Working in virtual teams: pro et contra
Andreas Bernhardt and Nora Grasselli, PhD
Although virtual teams were a hot and controversial topic a couple of years back, they have since become a part of our everyday lives. We have all experienced working on products, projects, and services with our colleagues, collaborators, and clients at different locations and have generated a huge knowledge base about what works and what does not.
This session aims at recollecting and sharing these experiences among the attendees of the ESMT Annual Forum. After a brief input based on Nora Grasselli’s research on team structures, the majority of this session is designed to be a truly interactive format. Participants will be invited to share their virtual team experiences, which will be collected for a white paper – to be published on the Annual Forum website – and used in additional ESMT publications.
Nora Grasselli is a program director at ESMT. Her expertise includes group dynamics, coaching, leadership, and organizational psychodynamics. She completed her PhD on group dynamics at the HEC School of Management. Prior to joining ESMT, she was a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group.