Theme 1: Management Education

On learning to lead in organizations oriented to the future.

  • New types of organization: what do you need to learn today?
  • Towards leadership: management education and training
  • Vision, strategy and leadership: measuring the effects
  • Training and human resource development
  • Blurring the boundaries: informal learning, training and education
  • New economy: what is appropriate education for the new work order?
  • Learning for the ‘new economy’
  • What is knowledge? What is the role of learning?
  • ‘Wisdom’ in the knowledge economy
  • Mentoring: where leadership means knowledge transfer
  • Collaboration as a personal capacity and organizational resource
  • The making of a ‘knowledge worker’
  • Educational institutions as knowledge managers

Theme 2: Change Management

On negotiating organizational change, and organizational responses to social, stakeholder and market change.

  • Organizations in change: what makes for success
  • Organizations responding to change: markets, clients, stakeholders and community expectations
  • Technologies and organizational change
  • Process change in organizations, streamlining systems
  • Restructuring: revamping, rethinking and reevaluation
  • Upgrades: removing heritage systems and moving forward with new tech
  • Financial upheaval, dealing with difficult times
  • Leadership in change, negotiating successful business changeovers
  • Dealing with legal and regulatory challenges in a constantly changing environment

Theme 3: Knowledge Management

On knowledge as a factor of production.

  • Managing intangibles for tangible outcomes
  • Knowledge and culture as factors of production
  • Reconceptualizing ‘economy’ in a knowledge society
  • Putting a tangible value on intangibles
  • New performance indicators for new economies
  • The conditions of innovation
  • The business case for knowledge management
  • Building intellectual capital and maintaining intellectual property
  • Transforming personal knowledge into common knowledge
  • Data, information and their electronic means of creation, storage, access and communication
  • Beyond competition: creating efficiencies through supply chain relationships
  • Addressing the divides: digital, development, social
  • Virtual enterprises in a networked world
  • The dynamics of adult learning
  • Lifelong learning

Theme 4: Organizational Cultures

On the cultures of responsive, productive and respected organizations.

  • What is organizational culture? ‘Organic’, ‘community’, ‘complexity’ and other metaphors
  • Agonies of change: working with order and chaos; regularity and complexity
  • Networks, clusters, alliances
  • Building collaborative organizational cultures
  • Decision-making and leadership
  • Building a culture of innovation
  • Teams and the dynamics of collaboration
  • Productive diversity: capitalizing on human differences
  • Women at work and women in management: what are the different ways of working?
  • Gay-friendly workplaces
  • Family friendly workplaces
  • Developing sustainable organizational cultures: government, community and NGOs
  • Capacity development: building knowledge locally
  • Globalization, internationalization and organizational change
  • Customization: recognizing market and customer differences
  • Navigating complexity: the dynamics of organizational change
  • Business ethics