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IESE Launches Fast Forward Program


Fast Forward Program

The world is changing faster than ever. Six years ago no one had a smartphone, now more than a billion people use one. And not only are these technologies new, they are hugely disruptive, radically changing the way we live and how we do business.

Change is exciting, but it brings with it uncertainty and decision-making in these vertiginous times is more fraught with doubt than ever. This is why next week IESE is launching its "Fast Forward: Building Tomorrow’s Business World" program, designed to give executives an immediate boost and to endow them with the confidence that they are making informed decisions in order to compete more effectively.

Keynote speakers include Pankaj Ghemawat, the Anselmo Rubiralta Professor of Global Strategy at IESE Business School, whose most recent book, World 3.0: Global Prosperity and How to Achieve It won the 50 Thinkers Book Award for best business book published in 2010-2011.

Another keynote speaker is Robin Sharma, who shot to fame with his book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and has become one of the world’s leading authorities on how to develop leadership at all levels of an organization. He will give a talk titled “Winning Without a Title: The Winning Leadership Lessons to Build a Great Organization.”

They are joined by Ermenegildo Zegna of the eponymous Italian fashion business who will talk about “The Challenges and Opportunities of a Global Family Business” and Halla Tómasdóttir, co-founder of Audur Capital financial services, who has been instrumental in rebuilding Iceland’s economy since its collapse in 2008. Her talk is titled “Transforming Organizations to Attract and Retain “Triple Capital”: Human, Social and Financial.”

Idunn Jónsdóttir, director of IESE’s International Open Programs, explains that the five-day program "will allow the participants to identify future areas for potential growth and increase their competitiveness, as well as providing inspiration and motivation." The program will include sessions dealing with all areas of management and cover a wide range of topics. Those taking part must follow one of three academic tracks: challenges and opportunities in growth markets; reinventing a business project; or marketing and the digital age. In addition, there will be parallel sessions on various fields of research. Plenary sessions on the global economy; leadership and innovation; decision-making in times of uncertainty, and information technology and communication will be led by Pedro Videla, Paddy Miller, Miguel Ángel Ariño and Sandra Sieber, respectively.

Watch Fast Forward Program videos:

The World Is Moving Fast. Be Faster

Welcome to the Fast Forward Program

Fast Forward Program