Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Peter Drucker Forum: A Global Management Forum

True to its value proposition, the Peter Drucker Forum is indeed a global management forum powered by high caliber business leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators as speakers. 

I was privileged to participate in the said forum which took place last November 5-6, 2015 at the Aula der Wissenschaften in Vienna, Austria.
The Peter Drucker Forum 2015 was held on November 5-6, 2015 at
Aula der Wissenschaften, Vienna, Austria 

The forum was opened by its founder Dr. Richard Straub, who emphasized in his welcome remarks the importance of distinctive human capabilities, the central theme of the forum.   

Dr. Richard Straub delivering the Welcome Remarks

Andrew Hill, the Associate Editor and Management Editor of Financial Times served as the Conference Chair. 

The conference was chaired by Andrew Hill, Associate Editor
and Management Editor of Financial Times 

The first day of the conference tackled topics such as "Entering the Brave New World of Digital - Disruption as the New Normal?", "What does a Technology-Driven World Mean for Management?", "How the Internet Economy Changes the Rules?", "Creativity, Intuition and the Algorithm" and "Leaders versus Technocrats: Creating the "Good Society"?"   

Tom Davenport, a Babson College professor sharing his ideas

Marten Mickos, former CEO of MySQL and Eucalyptus
delivering his speech

Adi Ignatius, Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Business
Review moderating the discussion

The session on "Creativity, Intuition and the Algorithm"

The second day of the forum featured topics such as "Humans First-Technology Second", "Questions to Global Business Leaders: How can we Leverage Technology to Create the "Human" 21st Century Corporation?" and "Self-Management in the Digital Age".

There were also parallel sessions which delved on the topics "The Creative Economy Enabled by Technology? Report on the Findings of the Learning Consortium for the Creative Economy", "Smart Cities - Living Laboratories for Human-centric Technology" and "Will Technology lead us into an Entrepreneurial Society?"    

Rosanne Somerson, President of Rhode Island School of Design
discussing her school's design paradigm

Sherry Turkle of Massachusetts Institute of Technology sharing
insights on "Humans First-Technology Second"

Gillian Tett, the US Managing Editor and Columnist of Financial Times
moderating the discussion on leveraging technology to create
the human 21st century corporation

The parallel session on "Will Technology lead us
into an Entrepreneurial Society?"

The discussions at the forum were indeed very insightful and packed with novel ideas. It also became my avenue for refreshing my MBA. In my mind, any business executive or manager can gain so much from attending this forum as it provides ample opportunity for networking.   

The forum is sponsored by Peter Drucker Society Europe and if you are keen to attend, information can be found on its website https://www.druckerforum.org/.   

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