Speakers Bios & Abstracts

Platzhalter Speakers
Fredmund Malik

Founder, Owner and Chairman,
Malik Management Institute St. Gallen


Prof. Dr. Fredmund Malik is a habilitated professor of systemic corporate governance, an internationally honored management expert and founder and chairman of the Malik Institute St. Gallen. He has developed an all new thinking and management system based on the complexity sciences designed to revolutionize the leadership perspectives of top executives as well as the functioning of large organizations. His systems and methods apply where conventional management stops constituting a new social technology for transformation and change.
A key element of Malik’s approach is understanding management beyond profit making and more widely as that very societal function that enables society and its diverse organizations to function properly and humanely, especially under conditions of rising complexity. Malik is author of more than ten award-winning bestsellers and some 300 further publications. His classic “Managing Performing Living” was selected amongst the best 100 business books of all times. He first described and predicted “The Great Transformation” 1997 in his book on “Right Corporate Governance”.
He has received numerous honors for his research and work, including the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and the Arts and the Heinz von Foerster Prize for organizational cybernetics. Malik studied business administration,  economics, social sciences, logic and philosophy of science. In 1975 Malik gained his doctorate at the Univ. of St. Gallen, Switzerland as Dr. oec. with the highest honors. In 1984 he founded the Malik Institute in St. Gallen which he heads as Chairman of the Board of Directors. The Institute has been among the leading knowledge organizations for cybernetic thinking and management solutions ever since. Malik is also Special Professor at three renowned Chinese universities (IMAU, CUEB, Jillin Univ.)


New Solutions for Mastering Organisational Complexity

Proliferating complexity adds a whole new dimension to the challenges today’s organizations have to deal with. It renders conventional management, leadership, and governance ever more rapidly obsolete, and can even turn them into the source of severe paralysis for the organization.
However, based on the three complexity sciences systemics, cybernetics, and bionics a radically new kind of management theory has been developed – the theory of organizational functioning. Instead of trying to reduce complexity, it uses it as a foundation stone for new functional structures. This creates fundamentally new solutions and tools for the elimination of paralyzing conflicts and the resistance to change. Employing the natural laws of self-organization and self-regulation, it grants top managements a new perspective, enabling them to lift their organizations to a higher level of effectiveness and speed. This entirely new kind of social technology makes it possible to master the challenges of organizational complexity, the increasing global interconnectedness, and the self-propelling dynamics of profound transformational change.