Our theme for the upcoming conference is “Shifting Frames: Developing the Next Generation of Business and Leadership” and we are glad to welcome Mark Bonchek from Shift Thinking and Singularity University, as one of our keynote speakers. Mark is a leading thinker and advisor on the new forms of organizing, leading and conducting business in a digitalized world, with a focus on the possibilities for creating exponential growth.
As the CEO of Shift Thinking, Mark works with organizations to unlearn mental models that have grown outdated, and replace them with new ones that can accelerate growth, engagement and performance.
As a member of the Singularity University faculty, Mark helps leaders embrace an exponential mindset, letting go of incremental change and scarce resources, replacing it with transformative change and the possibility of abundance. He also writes regularly for Harvard Business Review where he has published almost fifty articles.
For over twenty years, Mark has been a pioneer on the digital frontier with a prescient ability to see where the future is going and make it relevant to the present. His 1997 doctorate in Political Economy was the first PhD awarded by Harvard University on the topic of social media. His research as an associate at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab predicted the rise of social networking, the disintermediation of media, and the empowerment of individuals.
As the Chief Epiphany Officer, Mark has created a new set of conceptual tools for leaders to survive and thrive in a digital age. In strategy, they enable a shift from product to platform. In marketing, a shift from audiences to communities. In organization, a shift from hierarchies to networks. A diverse set of companies have embraced Shift Thinking, ranging from SAP, Kaiser Permanente and Accenture Interactive to ABC, Staples, and the American Heart Association.
Mark is also the originator of the Thinking Styles assessment. Unlike personality tests, Thinking Styles enables individuals to know how they best collaborate in a team to understand its strengths and weaknesses. The HBR article on thinking styles was one of the ten most popular articles in 2015. Take the assessment at www.shift.to/styles
Professor Dr. Frank T. Piller
Frank Piller a professor of technology and innovation management at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, one of Europe’s leading institutes of technology. At RWTH Aachen, he currently serves as a Vice Dean for Strategy of the School of Business and Economics. Before entering his recent position in Aachen, he worked at the MIT Sloan School of Management (2004-2007) and has been an associate professor of management at TUM School of Management, Technische Universitaet Muenchen.
Prof. Piller is regarded as one of the leading experts on strategies for customer-centric value creation, like mass customization, personalization, and innovation co-creation. His current research focuses on the need of established corporations to deal with disruptive business model innovations and supporting organizational structures and cultures. At RWTH Aachen, he is a principle investigator of the Cluster of Excellence on Flexible Production Technologies, focusing on business models for additive manufacturing. He is the Chairman of a cross-industry group hosted by VDI (Verein Deutsche Ingenieure) to develop standards in the field of platform-based digital business models („Fachausschuss Geschäftsmodelle für Industrie 4.0„).
Under Frank Piller’s leadership, his group at RWTH became one of the globally leading research centers for open and distributed innovation, supported by competitive research grants of about US$1million annually. As indicated by a h-Score of 44, >10,000 citations of his publications (Google Scholar), a Klout score of >60, and more than 250 general press articles about his studies (and listed as the only German professor on LDRLB’s „Top50 Profs on Twitter“ list), his work has attracted broad attention and reception in academia and the management community.
Visiting Microsoft Office
The CEO-summit use to include a Company visit and/or a speaker from a Company connected to the city where the CEO-summit is arranged, but also the Conference theme. For example we visited Google’s Office in Zurich 2017, in Paris, mr Le Lous, Chariman for URGO Group, a French leading international healthcare group, specialized in advanced wound care and self-care. This year we will visit Microsoft European Office in Dublin, which has 2,000 employees, 71 different nationalities. One Campus situated in Leopardstown, Dublin. At Microsoft, the mission is to empower every person and organisation to do and achieve more, not just in Ireland, but right across the world. From software development, testing and localisation to operations, finance, HR and sales & marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa, their ambition is to help everyone, through the power of technology, to achieve theirs.
Singularity University (Mark Boncheck)
Singularity University is a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build a better future for all.
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