Global HR Think Tank



Global Economic Outlook 2030: What Does it Mean for HR?

Prof. Dr. Pedro Videla, IESE

Business strategies used to be designed by setting the organization’s goals and then defining the steps required to achieve them. Management then set priorities, allocated resources, assessed operations, aligned employees and satisfied stakeholders. But today’s complex world can upset even the most carefully calculated forecasts. Sometimes executives get distracted from formulating strategies or evaluating their implementation because they are so busy reacting. This happens against a backdrop of emerging markets, global demographic shifts and growing inequality within and between countries. What can you, as HR Directors, do to support your executives in volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times? Do you understand the economic, political and social forces that are driving this situation? This talk reviews the key trends set to shape and influence the business world in the coming years.

Developing Digital Mindset

Prof. Dr. Sandra Sieber, IESE

This workshop will help make sense of why digitization is becoming one of the top strategic concerns for executives worldwide. Participants will develop a vision of how business models and competition are set to be reshaped by digitization in their industry and an understanding of the new leadership competencies and organizational capabilities that will be required to succeed in the connected world.

Empowering and Retaining Intrapreneurs for Sustainable Corporate Growth

Prof. Dr. Hakan Ener, IESE 

What does it take to empower and retain the intrapreneurs (corporate entrepreneurs opening up new markets) within your company? In this workshop, participants will learn about and share examples related to intrapreneurs and their careers. Faculty will help participants to diagnose how well their organizations have been doing in the area of supporting intrapreneurs. Based on the diagnosis, participants will jointly create a “To Do List” that will guide their future activities aimed at empowering and retaining intrapreneurs in their organizations…”

The Transformative Power of the Fear-Free organization. Vital Insights from Neuroscience on how to Transform your Business Culture - The New Role of HR

Prof. Dr. Paul Brown, Guest Speaker

The way we understand human behavior is changing rapidly. The technology that now underpins the study of the brain has disrupted traditional HR in the same way that Uber has disrupted the traditional taxi industry by offering clients the ability to digitally hail a cab and track its arrival. You can choose to hide away or embrace it.

What is the underlying model of 'the person’ from a traditional HR perspective? Twentieth-century psychology failed to provide HR with the tools it needed and 20th-century concepts are no longer valid. Motivational theory as previously understood is dead. Neuroscience is helping us understand what ‘the person’ is and how he or she operates. The crux of the matter is that the person is a source of energy. Human energy is the only source of profit. However, HR plays no part in how each individual came to be the person he or she is now. How then does HR integrate completely different operating systems into a whole unified workforce? The key to this is understanding emotions, how they differ from feelings, and how energy is deployed in the brain and body and then focuses on outcomes. A shift is required from fear to trust, towards relationships and the recognition of people as self-regulating systems.

How does HR apply a professional mindset to this core challenge in order to reinvent the future credibility of the profession and stake its claim to sit on the top executive boards? It all comes down to a leader’s capacity to manage the subtleties of his or her own brain when managing others’ brains, and in this respect, relationship is the key. And what happens if we consider that men’s and women’s brains genuinely operate differently?

Future Workforce Strategies
Panel Discussion 
Prof. Dr. Sandra Sieber, IESE 
Robots change the work environment in many sectors, from car manufacturing to medical care. Algorithms already replace formerly creative knowledge work. But we only imagine how artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things will change the way we work, learn and develop. What kind of competencies will be required? Who will teach and train this future workforce, human and intelligent machine? What does that mean for education? What can leaders do today to put the right workforce strategy for 2030 in place? Thought leaders on the topic will get together to explore the topic along crowdsourced questions from the audience.

Building a Learning Organization: How to Embrace Constant Innovation
Dr. Giuseppe Auricchio, IESE

Digitalization is having a profound impact on many of our most common social practices – from shopping and keeping fit, to hailing taxis. Is learning exempt from change? We believe not. But learning is somewhat unique, because it is being affected by other forces at the same time, including significant breakthroughs in the science of learning and new realities in employees’ jobs, behaviors and preferences. Hence, the challenge facing learning professionals today is perhaps even more significant than those facing colleagues in other fields. How should they reshape the way in which learning happens in their organization? The answer lies in looking beyond shiny new tools and meeting the needs of modern learners by embracing their role as learning experience designers.