In 1996, Ralph Stacey said “ At least 90% of textbooks on strategic management are devoted to that part of the management task which is relatively easy: the running of the organizational machine in as surprise-free a way as possible. On the contrary, the real management task is that of handling the exceptions, coping with and even using unpredicability, clashing counter-cultures. The task has to do with instability, irregularity, difference and disorder.” ( Strategic Management & Organizational Dynamics). I have taught now for over 15 years to managers and senior executives, and have found little evidence in business school of training that focuses on that skill. How can one help and train corporate executives to cope with unpredictability?
As digital convergence, peer to peer, and global word of mouth is shaking industry from media to telecommunications or even banking, there is little evidence that Executive Management Education is evolving at the same rate. There seems to be a the discontinuity between trends going on in adjacent industries, and the way executive education is taught. As curiosity built, I had numerous discussions with renowned universities and business schools about the future of executive education, in particular around management education. Have those organizations integrated into their strategic thinking the recent developments in technology and society? Are they (we) willing to question why the majority of executive training hours still happen in a classroom? Who are likely to be the new players in this field?
In the next few days, I will be fortunate to attend the World Economic Forum's Summit in India (see the Indian Economic Summit here ) . I will bring back to you some of the learnings and insights gained from interactions and discussions with Indian leaders and CEOs. You can also get timely updates from . You can also find a list of participants tweeting at the event here .
I am pleased to introduce you to Abhijit Bhaduri, who has the challenging mandate of helping WIPRO's 105,000 employees to learn... Abhijit is the Chief Learning Officer of Wipro Ltd and is based out of Bangalore,India. He is a man of multiple facets: he loves theatre and has acted in plays staged in India, Kuala Lumpur and US. He hosted a popular radio show in US, about classic Hindi movies and film music. The ever popular B School novel - MEDIOCRE BUT ARROGANT is his debut novel. The sequel MARRIED BUT AVAILABLE has also been featured in several bestseller lists ...
Note from the author: This article is an edited reprint, Competia Magazine, July/August 2001, but so many people ask me for a copy, I figured I'd give it back to you. Who said only recent articles are good articles? Good things last.