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Peter Drucker Forum 2013: “Managing complexity by understanding multiplex networks” by Stefan Thurner

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“To manage a system means that you are able to predict the possible outcomes of actions you take. If you cannot predict the outcomes of management actions, you neither manage nor control the system: you are subject to luck, fate, external events and developments.”

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Peter Drucker Forum 2013: “Solutions for Mastering Organizational Complexity” by Fredmund Malik

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At the Peter Drucker Forum 2013 in Vienna, Fredmund Malik looked at how we can master organizational complexity. He began by taking a historical look at how change has occurred in the past.

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Peter Drucker Forum 2013: “The embarrassment of complexity” by Helga Nowotny

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At the 2013 Peter Drucker Forum, Helga Nowotny looked at the embarrassment of complexity and in particular its positive sides. She argued that complexity can expand human capabilities by the clever use of technology linked to novel organizational forms. It humbles us in view of what can and cannot be predicted.

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PETER DRUCKER FORUM 2013: “Welcome Address” by Richard Straub

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At the welcome address of the 2013 Peter Drucker Forum Richard Straub began by welcoming the participants five years after the beginning of the Global Peter Drucker Forum.

Welcome to all of you to the 5 th Global Peter Drucker Forum  – welcome to you here in the auditorium and welcome to all those on our live stream. In addition to the 350 participants present in the auditorium we have some 1000 participants registered for the live stream.

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Didim. Did it. But I didn’t do my research.

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One of the things professors are constantly telling students is to make sure they read the entire exam paper before starting and never sign an employment contract before they have studied it several times. The same logic works for a holiday destination and this professor might think about taking his own well meant advice. 

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AACSB Annual Meeting (ICAM 2013): Lead by Choice: Lessons for the B-School (Sheena Iyengar, Columbia Business School)

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“I am always looking for cool pictures.” said Sheena Iyengar at the end of her excellent presentation on how to “Lead by Choice”. The quote was all the more remarkable in that the director of the Global Leadership Matrix (GLeaM) at Columbia Business School is totally blind. The objective of the talk was to highlight “what effective leaders need to know about choice” and how you can choose your way to success. Indeed, there is so much information available that it has become imperative today to know how to choose.

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BOOK REVIEW: “Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation” by Jean Lave & Etienne Wenger (1991)

CoverIn the past decade, there’s been a great deal of talk about how the education industry is going to be revolutionized, and that we can do away with classrooms and universities altogether.  There is nothing new about this.  However, the revolution that has been predicted some many times has never really come. People learn efficiently because they are together, because they can have a discussion about their ideas, because they are with a professor who can adapt to their learning style. This book gives some background ideas to this debate and to why the bricks and mortar university is not quite dead yet.  

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