ESMT Annual Forum 2017

ESMT Annual Forum

AGILITY
Leading in transition

June 22, 2017

In times of transition and disruption, organizations must learn to embrace change and move quickly. The ESMT Annual Forum 2017 – titled “Agility: Leading in Transition” – examined the frameworks necessary to enable flexibility at the personal and organization level and thus increase innovation in business.

Attended by more than 400 academics, business leaders, students, and a spectrum of other guests, the Forum asked what must leaders do to successfully navigate the challenges of an accelerating world – one in which century-old business models can become obsolete in less than a decade.

The Forum’s keynotes, panel discussions, and breakout sessions brought together international experts, decision makers, and academics to elaborate on topics such as agility in industry and organization, changing assumptions on management best practices, the positive and negative perceptions of innovation, strategies in workforce management and incentivization, and new leadership skills development within the Digital Age.

The ESMT Annual Forum is organized annually 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.

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Program 2017

Program 2017

AGILITY
Leading in transition

JUNE 22, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m.    

REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING BREAKFAST

10:00 a.m.

WELCOME

Jörg Rocholl
President and EY Chair in Governance and Compliance, ESMT Berlin

OPENING REMARKS

Dieter Zetsche
Chairman of the Board of Management, Daimler; Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars

KEYNOTES

Jean-Dominique Senard
Chief Executive Officer and Managing General Partner, Michelin Group

Carsten Kengeter
Chairman of the Executive Board, Deutsche Börse

11:15 a.m.

COFFEE BREAK

11:45 a.m.

MORNING PANEL - Fast and flexible: agility in industry

Ingrid-Helen Arnold
President Business Data Network, SAP

Tamer Boyaci
Professor of Management Science and Michael Diekmann Chair in Management Science, ESMT Berlin

Florian Heinemann
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Project A

Petra Justenhoven
Assurance Leader, PwC Europe;
Member of Management, PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Keat Chuan Yeoh
Managing Director, Singapore Economic Development Board

Moderator:
Manuela Kasper-Claridge
Head of Business and Science, Deutsche Welle

1:00 p.m.

NETWORKING LUNCH

2:15 p.m.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Agile and Assumptions
Linus Dahlander, Associate Professor of Strategy, ESMT Berlin

Bad innovation: When is a new thing not a good thing?
Xu Li, Assistant Professor of Strategy, ESMT Berlin

Executive employability: Developing career agility
Konstantin Korotov, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Director of the Center for Leadership Development Research, ESMT Berlin

Incentivizing the sales force in an accelerating world
Johannes Habel, Associate Professor, ESMT Berlin

3:30 p.m.

COFFEE BREAK

4:00 p.m.

AFTERNOON PANEL - Leading for a competitive advantage: organizational agility

Gianluca Carnabuci
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, ESMT Berlin

Franz Fehrenbach
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Bosch

Carsten Kratz
Head of the Management Team Germany & Austria, The Boston Consulting Group

Kathrin Menges
Member of the Board of Management, Henkel

Anita Tillmann
Managing Partner, Premium Group

Werner Zedelius
Member of the Board of Management, Allianz

Moderator:
Ali Aslan, journalist and television host

5:15 p.m.

INAUGURATION ENDOWMENT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Joachim Faber
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Börse

Peter Pühringer
Benefactor, POK Pühringer Foundation

5:30 p.m.

KEYNOTE

Heinrich Hiesinger
Chairman of the Executive Board, thyssenkrupp

5:50 p.m.

ESMT RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP AWARD

Bestowed annually to honor extraordinary leadership in promoting responsible business practices.

Honoree: Ferrero
Laudator: WWF Deutschland

6:00 p.m.

CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION

 

Speaker 2017*

Speaker 2017*

*position at the time of event

OPENING AND KEYNOTES


Joachim Faber
Joachim Faber
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Börse
 
Heinrich Hiesinger
Heinrich Hiesinger
Chairman of the Executive Board
thyssenkrupp
Carsten Kengeter
Carsten Kengeter
Chairman of the Executive Board, Deutsche Börse
Peter Pühringer
Peter Pühringer
Benefactor, POK Pühringer Foundation
Jörg Rocholl
Jörg Rocholl
President and EY Chair in Governance and Compliance
ESMT Berlin
Jean Dominique Senard
Jean-Dominique Senard
Chief Executive Officer and Managing General Partner
Michelin Group
Dr. Dieter Zetsche
Dieter Zetsche
Chairman of the Board of Management, Daimler
Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars

PANEL DISCUSSIONS


Ingrid-Helen Arnold
Ingrid-Helen Arnold
President Business Data Network, SAP
Ali Aslan
Ali Aslan
Journalist and television host
Tamer Boyaci
Tamer Boyaci
Professor of Management Science and Michael Diekmann Chair in Management Science
ESMT Berlin
Gianluca Carnabuci
Gianluca Carnabuci
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior
ESMT Berlin
Franz Fehrenbach
Franz Fehrenbach
Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Bosch
Florian Heinemann
Florian Heinemann
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Project A
Petra Justenhoven
Petra Justenhoven
Assurance Leader, PwC Europe;
Member of Management, PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Manuela Kasper-Claridge
Manuela Kasper-Claridge
Head of Business and Science, Deutsche Welle
Keat Chuan Yeoh
Keat Chuan Yeoh
Managing Director
Economic Development Board
Carsten Kratz
Carsten Kratz
Head of the Management Team Germany & Austria
The Boston Consulting Group
Kathrin Menges
Kathrin Menges
Executive Vice President Human Resources and Infrastructure Services, Henkel
Member of the Board of Management, Henkel
Anita-Tillmann_©Boris Kralj
Anita Tillmann
Managing Partner
Premium Group
Werner Zedelius
Werner Zedelius
Member of the Board of Management
Allianz

BREAKOUT SESSIONS


Linus Dahlander
Linus Dahlander
Associate Professor of Strategy
ESMT Berlin
Johannes Habel
Johannes Habel
Associate Professor
ESMT Berlin
Prof. Konstantin Korotov
Konstantin Korotov
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Director of the Center for Leadership Development Research
ESMT Berlin
Xu Li
Xu Li
Assistant Professor of Strategy
ESMT Berlin

 

Breakout sessions

Breakout sessions

Agile and Assumptions
Linus Dahlander, Associate Professor of Strategy, ESMT Berlin

DESCRIPTION
In this interactive session, we will discuss the importance of articulating core assumptions and how to prioritize them according to their relevance. In a second step, we will explore cheap and efficient ways of testing new ideas to learn from them as well as improve upon them before bringing these ideas to market.


Bad innovation: When is a new thing not a good thing?
Xu Li, Assistant Professor of Strategy, ESMT Berlin

DESCRIPTION
This session explores the cognitive and emotional processes of how customers evaluate product innovations, and how firms can close the gap between their intended value for an innovation and the perceived value by customers. In particular, we will focus on understanding the performance impact of introducing hybrid innovations that result from the recombination of features from different product categories.


Executive employability: developing career agility
Konstantin Korotov, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Director of the Center for Leadership Development Research, ESMT Berlin

DESCRIPTION
With life-time employment giving way to the goal of employability, employees and executives need to have the competencies required for navigating the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) career landscape of modern organizations. Executives face a double challenge of adjusting their own career development to the environment around them, and supporting and guiding other people in building and rebuilding their careers.
This interactive session invites the interested audience to engage in a conversation about what efforts will executives need to undertake in order to develop their career agility, maintain their employability, and navigate necessary personal transitions and adjustments in the changing world of work.


Incentivizing the sales force in an accelerating world
Johannes Habel, Associate Professor, ESMT Berlin

DESCRIPTION
Incentivizing the sales force appropriately has never been as difficult as it is today. In a more and more accelerating and complex world, new sales approaches are required, which make traditional incentive systems ineffective or even counter-effective. This session will examine key trends in today’s sales force incentivization and discusses research insights and best-practice examples.