Launch Event for the Global Drucker Forum 2014
The Launch Event for the Global Drucker Forum 2014 - sponsored by the Vienna UniCredit Learning Center - presented a flash-back to the 2013 Forum with its outcome and learnings and then introduced this year's theme The Great Transformation - Managing our Way to Prosperity. The panel discussion was followed by discussions within the audience where specific questions related to the subject were discussed. Some 120 participats including Drucker Socciety members, partners and media representatives engaged in this year’s Launch Event.
6th Global Peter Drucker Forum 2014: Conference Description
There is a broad consensus among economists that we enter 2014 into a period of limited economic recovery - even though it will by uneven by country and region and fraught with uncertainties.
A cyclical improvement of the global economy will provide an opportunity to address the huge structural issues that are still looming. They include: unsustainable debt levels, underfunded social security systems in the Western world, currency imbalances, increasing income inequalities, bloated and inefficient pubic administrations, and excessive short-termism in big business driven by a value destroying and outdated shareholder value philosophy.
With unemployment, and in particular, youth unemployment reaching historic dimensions, the idea of progress and continuous improvement of our living conditions is giving way to increasing future-angst.
On the other hand, there is hope that digital technologies will provide unprecedented opportunities for transforming everything - states, economies, businesses, and individual lives. These are the underlying generic technologies that spur the development of other fields such as biotech, nanotechnology, robotics, alternative energy, and new manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing. They have the potential to transform "old" industries as well as to create new ones. Yet the exponential development of ICTs is a double-edged sword. They could lead to a new industrial revolution by boosting innovation and creating new industries; or they might have a devastating effect on jobs and employment, if corporations continue to target productivity enhancements and cost cutting.
Winners Chosen in Drucker Challenge Video and Essay Contests
VIENNA, Austria—The Peter Drucker Society Europe announced the winners of the 2013 Drucker Challenge video and essay contests.
The top winners in both categories will be honored at the annual Global Peter Drucker Forum,
set to be held on November 14 and 15 in Vienna.
The theme of this year’s Forum is “Managing Complexity”.
Contest entrants—each a student or young professional under the age of 35—were invited to produce videos and write essays addressing the subject “Innovation Inspiration: Lessons for Innovators From the Arts and Sciences.” This marked the inaugural year of the video category.
The winning video makers, chosen through online voting, are Phil Noelting of Canada for “Simple Significance”, John Quintero of Colombia for “Lasting Value” and Syed Mudaser Ahmad Shah of India for “Innovation Simplified”.
You can watch the winners’ work, plus more, at video.druckerchallenge.org. In all, 54 videos met the contest criteria and were accepted into the competition. More than 3,400 registered users voted during a six-week period for their favorites.
The winning essay writers from among the student submissions are Andrew Schwartz of the United States for “How to Innovate Fearlessly”, Sarah Maria Meisenberger of Austria for “The Art of Management—a Science” and Radoslav Dragov of Bulgaria for “The Art and Science of Innovation”. Among young managers and entrepreneurs, the winning essay writers are Tojin Eapen of India for “Empathy & Confrontation: Lessons for Innovators”, Prince Karakire Guma of Uganda for “Revisiting the Phenomenon of Organizational Management: African Art, and Why it Matters” and Jessica Di Bella of Germany for “Artistic Freedom and the Shoal-Model of Intrapreneurship: Management Lessons in Innovation and Creativity drawn from Fine Arts.”
You can download these essays, along with others, at http://essay.druckerchallenge.org/challenge-essay-winners. In all, 160 essays were entered into the competition. A distinguished panel of judges, led by Lynda Gratton of London Business School, picked the winners.
About the Peter Drucker Society Europe
The Peter Drucker Society Europe is a practitioner-led, multi-stakeholder group that builds on Peter Drucker's fundamental ideas and ideals with the aim of contributing to the evolution of management as a vital piece of a functioning modern society. It is an affiliate of the and part of a broad network of Drucker Societies that operate across the globe.
Each year, the Drucker Society Europe organizes the Global Peter Drucker Forum , a crystallizing event where practitioners and management thinkers convene to discuss the future of management in a pragmatic and solution-oriented manner.
The Financial Times and the Peter Drucker Society Europe announce a Media Partnership
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The 2013 Drucker Challenge is Launched With a New Video Category
The Peter Drucker Society Europe has announced the official launch of the 2013 Drucker Challenge, noting that the competition has added an exciting new element this year: a video category.
As in previous years, the 2013 Drucker Challenge will provide an opportunity for students and younger professionals to win prizes and gain free access to the annual Global Peter Drucker Forum, set to be held on November 14 and 15 in Vienna.
"While we continue with the essay contest as in past years, we are proud to introduce an additional option in 2013 as a world premiere for management competitions-the Drucker Challenge Video Contest, that includes a sophisticated voting-system" said Richard Straub, president of the Peter Drucker Society Europe.
Participants are invited to provide an essay, a video or both addressing the subject Innovation Inspiration-Lessons for Innovators From the Arts and Sciences.
The contest is open to students, managers, entrepreneurs and artists under the age of 35. The deadline for submissions is July 1. Prof. Lynda Gratton of the London Business School will chair the judging panel for the essay contest. An online public voting system will be used to determine the winners of the video contest.
Prizes will be awarded to the 40 best entries, including cash prizes of EUR 1,000 to the first-prize winners in the essay and video contests. In the event a single person wins both contests, the cash price will be EUR 4,000.
Both contests are designed to complement and enrich the interdisciplinary exchange of views and ideas at the Drucker Forum.
"Peter Drucker believed that management, properly practiced, is a liberal art-and that it draws on all the humanities and social sciences: history, sociology, psychology, theology, art, literature and more," said Rick Wartzman, the executive director of the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University. "The theme of this year's Drucker Challenge-calling on young people to find lessons from the arts and sciences that innovators can draw upon-goes right to the heart of what Drucker was talking about."
About the Peter Drucker Society Europe
The Peter Drucker Society Europe is a practitioner-led, multi-stakeholder group that builds on Peter Drucker's fundamental ideas and ideals with the aim of contributing to the evolution of management as a vital piece of a functioning modern society. It is an affiliate of the Drucker Institute and part of a broad network of Drucker Societies that operate across the globe.
Each year, the Drucker Society Europe organizes the Global Peter Drucker Forum http://www.druckerforum.org/, a crystallizing event where practitioners and management thinkers convene to discuss the future of management in a pragmatic and solution-oriented manner.
The speakers roster for the 2013 Drucker Forum with the theme "Managing Complexity" includes: Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, John Hagel, Director Deloitte Centre of the Edge, Charles Handy, Management Philospher Julian Birkinshaw and Lynda Gratton from London Business School and Helga Nowotny, President of the European Research Council.
About the Drucker Institute
The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University is a social enterprise whose purpose is to strengthen society by making people more effective, organizations more responsible and work more joyful. It does this by turning Peter Drucker's ideas and ideals into tools that are both practical and inspiring. For more information, please visit: www.druckerinstitute.com.
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Harvard Business Review and Fifth Global Peter Drucker Forum | Form Partnership
VIENNA, Austria-The Global Peter Drucker Forum announced today that Harvard Business Review has joined as a media partner and will support the event through various editorial, marketing and social media initiatives.
The fifth annual Forum will be held on November 14 and 15, 2013, at the Federation of Austrian Industry in Vienna, the birthplace of the late Peter F. Drucker, who is widely considered "the father of modern management." This year's theme is "Managing Complexity."
"Perhaps no contributor to Harvard Business Review has had a greater impact on the practice of management than Peter Drucker," said Adi Ignatius, Harvard Business Review editor-in-chief. "We are pleased to partner with the 2013 Global Peter Drucker Forum to help carry forward his extraordinary legacy and take part in this important event."
Richard Straub, president of the Peter Drucker Society Europe, which organizes the Forum, commented: "After a series of highly successful annual conferences that started in 2009, this partnership marks a major milestone in our quest to be a global centre of gravity and catalyst in the field management thinking and practice. We are proud and honored that Harvard Business Review is engaging with the Drucker Forum."
Rick Wartzman, the executive director of the Drucker Institute, which is a key sponsor of the Forum, also noted how pleased he is with the partnership. "Every day, Harvard Business Review does a remarkable job of helping so many of us make sense of all the complexity we're facing in our economy and society, in our organizations and our own lives," he said. "There couldn't be a more fitting media partner for this year's Forum."
About the Global Peter Drucker Forum
The Global Peter Drucker Forum is an annual event organized by the Peter Drucker Society Europe, a non-profit association affiliated with the Drucker Institute. As a leading management conference, the Forum brings together top executives and noted scholars to discuss some of the most pressing issues of the day. The dialogue is informed and animated by the writing and spirit of the late Peter F. Drucker, who is widely considered "the father of modern management."
About Harvard Business Review
Harvard Business Review is the leading destination for smart management thinking. Through its flagship magazine, 11 international licensed editions, books from Harvard Business Review Press and digital content and tools published on HBR.org, Harvard Business Review provides professionals around the world with rigorous insights and best practices to lead themselves and their organizations more effectively and to make a positive impact.
About the Drucker Institute
The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University is a social enterprise whose purpose is to strengthen society by making individuals more effective, organizations more responsible and work more joyful. It does this by turning Peter Drucker's ideas and ideals into tools that are both practical and inspiring. These tools are used by everyone from high school students to middle managers to some of the world's leading CEOs.
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Press release from Drucker Executive breakfast in Istanbul
The president of the Peter Drucker Society Europe, Dr. Richard Straub met on 31 January in Istanbul with a select group of Turkish CEOs, leading businessmen, entrepreneurs, academicians and social leaders. The 35 participants of the meeting came together on an invitation by the Turkish PDSE associate member Zülfü Dicleli. After an introductory speech by Dr. Straub they discussed the possibilities of organizing a Peter Drucker Society in Turkey.
Dr. Straub informed the meeting about PDSE and about the 4th Global Drucker Forum on Capitalism 2.0. He said that Drucker’s philosophy of management which sees management not as a science but more as an art contains after so many years still many insights inspiring us for sound management practices. He then referred to the CEO Survey 2012 of IBM where in many contexts the opinions of the CEOs reflect Peter Drucker’s ideas.
During the meeting which lasted about two hours many participants expressed that the current global search for a new management theory and practice has a solid ally in Peter Drucker’s work. The main theme of the discussion was how to to organize a platform in Turkey where the participants and other interested people could collaborate.
It was underlined that the new Zeitgeist demands new forms of organization and that a platform loyal to Peter Drucker’s legacy in Turkey should be a central hub for information and orientation about knowledge initiatives relating to Peter F. Drucker in Turkey, such as conferences, workshops, education programs and publications. It should provide a forum and a platform for managers from all sectors and for knowledge workers to co-create the future of Management based on Peter F. Drucker’s philosophy.
At the end of the meeting it was decided to form an online group as a first step and after an online exchange to organize a second meeting in three months.
The Global Peter Drucker Forum 2012 - A Call to Action for improving Capitalism
November 15 and 16, Vienna, Austria
At the core of the agenda of the 2012 Drucker Forum lie key questions about the future of capitalism: How can the weaknesses of the system be repaired without crushing the innovative energies of free enterprise and competitive markets? And what is the role of managers in this transformation?
Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman will open the conference with his vision of creating a more peaceful world through entrepreneurship. He will be followed by Roger L. Martin, one of the global leaders of the “Thinkers 50,” who will lay out the unintended consequences of an excessive focus on shareholder value and provide clues about improving capitalism. In contrast, Adrian Wooldridge from The Economist will defend the benefits of the maximizing-shareholder-value philosophy.
Lynda Gratton from London Business School, along with other leading academics, will delve into the future of management—Management 2.0. Leading executives from global companies will provide their views on the viability of the traditional corporate model and offer lessons from other models such as cooperatives and employee-owned enterprises. Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, will tackle whether business can be a force for good. The full morning of Day 2 will be dedicated to the rise of social business and social entrepreneurship.
The younger generation will have a voice at the Forum as well: The winners of the Drucker Challenge Essay Contest will be recognized at the gala dinner and express their views at a dedicated session moderated by Julia Kirby, an editor at large for Harvard Business Review.
Access to the full program: http://www.druckerforum.org/2012/the-event/preliminary-program/
For registration please use the following link: http://www.druckerforum-registration.org/eventReg.php
The conference will be concluded by a fireworks of short “Vision Talks“ from leading thinkers: Umair Haque, Deepa Prahalad, Rick Wartzman, Roger L. Martin and Tammy Erickson.
Join us on November 15 and 16 in Vienna to participate in a global dialogue to shape the future of management and hence the future of society.
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Unilever CEO Joins an Outstanding Roster of Speakers at the 2012 Peter Drucker Forum in Vienna
Paul Polman, the chief executive of Unilever, has been added to the roster of speakers at this year’s Global Peter Drucker Forum, to be held in Vienna on Nov. 15 and 16.
The theme of the 2012 Forum is “Capitalism 2.0: New Horizons for Managers,” and it’s in this context that Polman will speak on the subject of “business as a force for good.”
“Polman’s remarks will tie into what the late C.K. Prahalad indicated at our Forum in 2009: Business must be an instrument of social justice,” said Richard Straub, the president of the Peter Drucker Society Europe, which is an affiliate of the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University.
Rick Wartzman, the Drucker Institute’s executive director, noted that Polman joins what he called “an already extraordinary roster of speakers and panellists,” including Patrick Deconinck, senior vice president for Western Europe at 3M; Peter Y. Solmssen, a member of the Management Board at Siemens; and Patrick de Cambourg, the president of Mazars.
Roger Martin, dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, who was named last year by Thinkers 50 as the No. 6 management thinker in the world, will deliver the Forum’s opening keynote: “Can Capitalism Be Fixed?”
A number of other leading management thinkers will also have prominent roles at the Forum. Among them: Tammy Erickson, the London Business School’s Lynda Gratton, Havas Lab director and author Umair Haque and John Quelch, the dean of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).
The Forum will feature practical discussions on models that move beyond “maximizing shareholder value,” scholarly input based on a call for academic papers, and the perspective of younger people who participated in the Peter Drucker Challenge, a global essay contest.
“We are humbled that the Global Peter Drucker Forum is now recognized around the world as a premier venue to wrestle with key issues of management and society,” Straub said. “No one can provide easy answers to today’s greatest challenges, but we can have a serious dialogue that at least begins to move us in the right direction.”
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Graduation speech at Oxford Brooks University Business School, September 7
Governor, Vice Chancellor, family and friends of the graduates and above all,
I consider it a great honour to be invited to speak to you today. At the same time it is a great responsibility.
Ideally I should tell you something that you will remember for a while – and that you can tell your grandchildren in 30 or 40 years from now. When I talked to my grandchildren recently about my own graduation ceremony I had to confess that I did not remember anything other than the handing over of the document. Not sure if I can avoid this embarrassment to you – it is an uphill battle taking into account the Ebinghaus forgetting curve: much of what is being heard is forgotten within a day….the odds are against me.
Today marks an important day in your lives – yet, it is a beginning of a journey.
To get to this point was an important achievement in itself to which I commend you. The personal competencies that got you here – passion, commitment, tenacity, open minds to learn – will be important throughout your lives. Nurture them. They will be even more important than what you have learned.
When I graduated from the faculty of law in Vienna just a couple of years ago (rather a couple of decades ago….. ) the world was quite different. It looked predictable, stable, a career was pre-ordained, all indicators pointed upwards.
My second employer was IBM and when I joined it was like joining a family for the remainder of ones professional life – and indeed, I stayed for 32 years. You felt the commitment that the company was taking towards you in every step. One was taken care of – from a sports club, to culture, health insurance and pension.
Peter F. Drucker, one of the great thinkers of the 20th century (the Economist stated that he was not only a great management thinker but one of the greatest thinkers of the last century) pointed some 40 years ago to a sea change in the our society – he demonstrated that we are moving from a more protective and cosy employee society towards a more challenging and demanding entrepreneurial society. This does not mean everybody is an entrepreneur, but it means that wherever you stand (even when employed by a company) you have to act in an entrepreneurial spirit. It means that the social compact is changing and that you take responsibility for yourselves.
Should you be worried about this? Should you regret the gradual vanishing of the “golden cages” that corporations and public sector organizations were so great in building?
I frankly don’t think so. But you better get ready. Change is upon us and it is accelerating. Drucker was the master in bringing things to the point – “you cannot manage change, you must get ahead of it” – first in your minds and then in your practice and your lives.
Hence my message to you is not a feel-good message but a message of truth and encouragement.
The world you inherit is beset with great challenges. Change is upon us – if we want it or not. Yet – you have the greatest opportunity in generations: to be the architects and builders of a new world. You belong to a small group who have been equipped to take such a daunting a role. You may exercise it wherever you stand – but it goes beyond having a job in a company or any other organization – it means you are engaging in society. You will not just be a cog in a big machine (as many of my generation were) but you will be a node in a vibrant network of engaged individuals.
YOU WILL HAVE PURPOSE like no generation before you. Companies are currently struggling in defining this broader purpose for themselves and their constituents – but they have started to understand that they are not acting in isolation but as part of society.
Yet it all comes at a price – you will have to rigorously apply the thinking and reasoning skills (in particular critical thinking) and your emotional competencies.
You cannot be content to be an expert in a domain; you must constantly work on deciphering what happens in society and what it means. And you must act on it, in concert with others, wherever you stand. Just wanting to do good is not enough – achieving impact is what counts. Many NGOs pride themselves that they have the key to save everybody else – but by drilling deeper you will be able to differentiate those who are selling their single product (in many cases fear) and those who take responsible action in shaping society by providing true value.
In the good old days life was thought as a curve – in some way a Bell curve – with the various stages of education, moving up a career attaining a plateau and then gradually moving downwards.
I would suggest to look you at your lives in a totally different way – living your lives in growing gyres or rings, where you come back to fields where you have been before but you will be different and hopefully you will have grown during the years while you completed a ring.
There is a wonderful poem from Rainer Maria von Rilke: I live my life in growing gyres or rings…..cybernetics would call it circularity as opposed to linearity. It is a fundamentally different world view and it conveys a different meaning to what you do at a given moment.
There is a final point I would like to make though – to live fulfilling lives in this new emerging world and to become an architect of the future, you need to know yourselves. And you need to be ready to reinvent yourself throughout your lives – as Harvard psychologist and philosopher William James at the beginning of the 20th century distinguished those who are “once born” – who do not stray from the straight and narrow and those who are twice born – who embrace fundamental change. One thing I want you to take away from my short speech: read the article “Managing Oneself ”, a HBR Classic – again from my hero Peter Drucker. It reminds you that change starts with yourself. This article was for sure life changing for me – I am standing here in front of you because I read it some 20 years ago and changed my own life planning.
I wish you the best for your lives – embrace the challenges and get ahead of the change. Find your purpose and take your share in shaping the new world. The new world does not appear by any natural law but it is created but by connected thoughts and actions of myriads of individuals who are beset by the passion of making the world a better place for all. Become creators of the future. You can do it and my best wishes are with you.
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Dr. Richard Straub Präsident der Peter Drucker Society Europe erhielt am 3. September 2012, im kleinen Festsaal der Industriellen Vereinigung den Heinz von Foerster Preis für Kommunikationskybernetik.
DANKESWORTE DR. RICHARD STRAUB
Launch Event for 4th Global Peter Drucker Forum
The objective of the meeting is to create momentum towards the 2012 Forum with involvement of the Drucker Society members, partners and sponsors as well as selected media representatives. It will be an opportunity to share the outcomes and the learnings from the Forum 2011 and to present and discuss the outline of the Forum 2012. The success of the Forum the 2011 has enhanced the reputation of the Drucker Society Europe as a credible platform to discuss and explore the future of Management.
The discussion about the lead theme 2012 - Capitalism 2.0 is "red hot" at this point. The media abound with articles and special reports on the "Future of Capitalism" and what a better Capitalism should be like. With 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives this discussion gets a specific focus on proven models beyond the capitalist corporations that could provide valuable insights for improving organizational and management capabilities to address the challenges of the 21st century society.