Using Values as common guidelines for action in complex ecosystems
by Christine Locher

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Values as first principles that are shareable Your values are some of the core things that make you YOU. When they flourish, you flourish. When someone steps on your values it hurts. A lot of the drive to make bigger changes is fuelled by that pain. Values can point us to something bigger, beyond our own little lives. They sustain us when the going gets tough. Drucker Forum 2019 This article is one in the “shape the debate” series relating to the 11th Global Peter Drucker Forum, under the theme “The Power of Ecosystems” taking place on November 21 & 22, 2019 in Vienna, Austria. #GPDF19 #ecosystems People share values and that creates a deep […]

Unlocking potential in a connected world
by Gina Lodge

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When James F Moore published his seminal The Death of Competition in 1996, he described being asked by several business executives ‘how they could increase their capacity to cope in a corporate world where change showed no signs of slowing down’. Much of the strategic guidance offered by the book still holds weight, but what we’re still seeing is the need for a profound management shift. Fast forward to 2019 and executives are still asking the same questions. Drucker Forum 2019 This article is one in the “shape the debate” series relating to the 11th Global Peter Drucker Forum, under the theme “The Power of Ecosystems” taking place on November 21 & 22, 2019 in […]

The Power of Conceptual Imagination for Ecosystems
by Noboru Konno

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One of our saddest observations for us in the past decade is seeing youth, older people, and even companies who have only thought about survival without envisioning their future. We describe it our book A Methodology of Conceptual Imagination – Drawing a Big Picture” (Noboru Konno, Ikujiro Nonaka, in Japanese) Is it so only in Japan? It is not only a business or economic problem, but rather social dysfunction. It has also a connection to recent decline of confidence in leadership itself. Drucker Forum 2019 This article is one in the “shape the debate” series relating to the 11th Global Peter Drucker Forum, under the theme “The Power of Ecosystems” taking place on November 21 […]

From ego to ecosystems: leading in a new paradigm
by Julia Culen

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Drucker Forum 2019 This article is one in the “shape the debate” series relating to the 11th Global Peter Drucker Forum, under the theme “The Power of Ecosystems” taking place on November 21 & 22, 2019 in Vienna, Austria. #GPDF19 #ecosystems One of the key drivers of business complexity and volatility is the exponential increase in connectivity: the former distinction between inside and outside an organization is no longer easy to draw. The resulting level of co-dependency and integration demands a different kind of leadership – from managing the business to leading an “ecosystem”. The biggest challenge of all may be overcoming the management ego that wants to be in control, dominate and win, even […]

“Ecosystems” – the new silver bullet?
by Wolfgang Lassl

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The term “ecosystem” sounds intuitive, even almost trivial, today. However, are “ecosystems” as a concept and strategy applied to the business world indeed as straightforward as they seem? Are ecosystems the new silver bullet of business strategy? Before you prescribe yourself a strategy based on ecosystems, consider the following possible side effects If you create ecosystems, be aware that they might also become populated by competitors. As nature can be brutal, so can ecosystems become highly competitive. Not only might rivals enter the ecosystem that you built up, but also your current collaborators might change sides and become your competitors. Ecosystems are not only about collaboration but also competition, as James Moore, who introduced the […]

Managing for a sustainable ecosystem
by Stefan Stern

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What should a business leader’s main goal be: keeping an unrelenting focus on the performance of the business (that is to say an internal priority), or looking outwards, maintaining relationships and performing an ambassadorial role (an external priority)? The easy answer would be to say “both”. But in the past few decades, during which the belief that “maximising shareholder value” should be the priority for chief executives, the external world has been a secondary consideration. Business leaders have kept their heads down, sweated the assets, and looked to deliver some market-pleasing numbers every 13 weeks. Drucker Forum 2019 This article is one in the “shape the debate” series relating to the 11th Global Peter Drucker […]

Embracing uncertainty
by Janka Krings-Klebe and Jörg Schreiner

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European industry is under threat from massively growing uncertainty. Trade tariffs, technological disruptions and fast-moving competitors on digital steroids cut deeply into predictions about business development. German managers report that their decisions can’t keep up with the pace of change in their business environment; they feel as if they have lost control. Uncertainty is so pervasive that it turns their former strengths, namely meticulously planning, organizing and controlling resources for highly efficient value creation, into a fundamental weakness. Drucker Forum 2019 This article is one in the “shape the debate” series relating to the 11th Global Peter Drucker Forum, under the theme “The Power of Ecosystems” taking place on November 21 & 22, 2019 in […]

Ecosystems: creating better outcomes through blockchain
by Igor Mikhalev

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The increasingly turbulent, competitive, complex, and uncertain business environment makes collaboration with competitors an attractive, if not the only, strategy for many firms. Such collaboration results in the formation of complex business ecosystems – a network of firms where each often represents conflicting interests. Dealing with these conflicting interests in “cooperative competition” fashion presents an unprecedented challenge – no single organization can control, predict or stipulate upfront all possible scenarios that could be unravelling. Drucker Forum 2019 This article is one in the “shape the debate” series relating to the 11th Global Peter Drucker Forum, under the theme “The Power of Ecosystems” taking place on November 21 & 22, 2019 in Vienna, Austria. #GPDF19 #ecosystems […]