Have we reached the tipping point beyond traditional management?
by Lukas Michel

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The third session at the 2019 Global Drucker Forum in Vienna on “Ecosystem Insights – Rethinking the Organisation” offers early signs. Five ecosystems with creativity, platforms, and a network at their core offer a filter that separates the signals from the noise. Ecosystems stretch beyond the boundaries of traditional organisations and force leaders to adapt management to fit it to the needs of the specific context. This offers the opportunity to rethink management and organisation beyond tradition. 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, […]

For legacy companies, new life comes from new voices
By Ron Carucci

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Of the many forms of ecosystems facing disruption these days, fewer are reeling more than the large, global incumbent corporations struggling to adapt and grow. This year’s panel on “Transforming the Legacy Company” fueled a spirited debate about issues like digital disruption, shifting entrenched cultures, the role of hierarchy and command-and-control leadership, and surfacing voices of dissenting views to drive innovation and change. 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 Chaired by Megan Reitz, Professor of Leadership and Dialogue at IBS, […]

The power of (connected) ecosystems – notes from the 11th Global Peter Drucker Forum
By Lucia Seel

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With around 1000 participants from 60 countries – including large delegations from the US and China – the global management conference debated the topic “The Power of Ecosystems” with many of the leading management thinkers and practitioners of our time. For the first time, clusters were on the agenda, through the dedicated session on “Innovation Superclusters – Trust-based Collaboration Platforms for Growth Industries”. 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 Moderated by Daniel Rettig, Editor-in-chief ada, Handelsblatt Media Group, the speakers […]

The State of the Ecosystem
by Martin Reeves

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Academics and practitioners recently spent two days in Vienna at the 11th Drucker Forum discussing the latest ideas on ecosystems theory and practice. Viewing the conference as a barometer for the state of this rapidly expanding field, here is a personal synthesis of some of the main messages. 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 As with any new and popular managerial concept, a fair measure of confusion and over-application abounds. Ecosystems are a convenient universal metaphor for any sort of […]

On superclusters and ecosystems
by Christian Rangen

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Innovation superclusters and innovative ecosystems are both crucial engines of growth. In our research, we have looked into future trends and how governments can actively build both types of entity. Superclusters vs ecosystems Globally, there are estimated to be around 7,000 formal innovation clusters. The EU alone has close to 3,000 entities. Countries such as Denmark and Norway have around 40 each. Out of the global total, between 15 and 25 may be recognized as genuine innovation superclusters. While regional clusters, anchored in theories of agglomeration economics and local industry analysis have been recocgnized since at least the late 1980s, our understanding of superclusters is just emerging. These initiatives are large, national-level innovation programs, built […]

Building Effective Ecosystems for the Future 2 blogs on current and future thinking:
2. Natural versus linear thinking: challenges and pitfalls
by Bill Fischer and Simone Cicero

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In the first blog we discussed where we might find ecosystems and the issues of leading in this type of environment. Now we show examples and explore challenges in new ways of thinking. Putting Darwin in the Strategists’ Seat Management currently means to lead and direct, and strategy is choosing the direction. But in ecosystems, where diverse members tend to have value-objectives that are different to one another, any effort at organization, much less direction, alarms the community. Ecosystems work best when they maximize chance idea-collisions based upon first-hand knowledge of market dynamics, and where both entities might come out better off as a result. Any suspicion that one partner is trying to control such […]

Building Effective Ecosystems for the Future 2 blogs on current and future thinking:
1. Issues caused by current thinking
by Bill Fischer and Simone Cicero

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In this first blog we discuss the status quo and how that might have to change. The second blog shows some examples of ecosystems and the journey still to come. Value-chains have been a mainstay of organizational strategy; they are designed for reliability, and a well-run value-chain will inevitably reduce operational surprise, but they are also linear and therefore slow and limited in how they respond to a fast changing environment. Ecosystems however, with many possible partners self-defining how they might interact, are better suited for novelty than for routine, and can be perfect when new ideas or experimentation are required. Drucker Forum 2019 This article is one in the “shape the debate” series relating […]

Why leaders should be interested in biology: three things we can learn from ants
by Claudia Crummenerl

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“In the long history of humankind, those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” Charles Darwin 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 Ants have been living on this earth for millions of years – and the key to their long survival comes from their being part of an ecosystem and not acting as lone fighters. All ecosystem members are connected to and dependent on each other. Collaboration and combining individual competencies are the ants’ secret recipe for […]