Strategy seminar

ORGANIZING AND STRATEGIZING IN A CONNECTED WORLD

Meet and engage with world-renowned thinkers in intriguing discussions of the unprecedented challenges for organizing and strategizing in the 21st century. 150 places only. First come-first served.

Julian Birkinshaw of London Business School, Morten Hansen of UC Berkeley, Torben Pedersen of Bocconi University, Charles Snow of Penn State, and leaders from Ericsson, Intel, and Microsoft, and many others will engage in intriguing discussions of the unprecedented challenges for organizing and strategizing in the 21st century.

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Practical information

  • Time:Friday, 08 June 2018 10:00 - 14:15
  • Place:BI Norwegian Business School - Campus Oslo
  • Price:NOK 1 250,-
  • Enrolment deadline:Sunday 3 June 2018
  • Contact:Tove Orheim (tove.b.orheim@bi.no)

Programme

  • Time
  • Title
  • REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

  • ORGANIZING AND STRATEGIZING IN A CONNECTED WORLD

    Firms increasingly face competitive pressures related to rapid and continuous adaptation to a complex, dynamic, and highly interconnected global environment. Attempting to redesign organizations to cope with such pressure challenges the usefulness of hierarchical organizational designs. Professors Snow and Fjeldstad discuss strategy and organization as dynamic processes as opposed to static choices and structures and illustrate their arguments with examples from medicine, military defense, and technology innovation and commercialization.

    • Charles Snow, Penn State University
    • Øystein Fjeldstad, BI Norwegian Business School
  • THE FUTURE OF WORK

    The work place is constantly changing. As firms become more agile and aim to stay successful in constantly changing environments, they are also experimenting with new ways of organizing. Moreover, new technologies and digitization means that the meaning of work and the definition of jobs are also changing. These changes also have implications for employees and the role they will play in the organization of tomorrow. The panel will address these issues and relate to the challenges that both companies and employees face in redefining the workplace.

    • Julian Birkinshaw, London Business School
    • Morten Hansen, University of California, Berkeley
    • Kimberly Lein-Mathisen, General Manager Microsoft Norway
    • Marie Louise Mors, Copenhagen Business School
  • LUNCH

  • SHOWCASE PARALLEL PANELS

  • OPTION 1: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR OPENING STRATEGY PROCESS IN THE CONNECTED WORLD

    It has been widely accepted that advances in digital technologies affect competitive advantage of firms. The digitalization often disrupts existing business models, makes core competency obsolete and blur differences between industries. Digitalization, therefore, affects the very content of strategy. What has been discussed much less is the question of how digitalization and emergence of networked society affect the very strategy process and practice? The notions such as open innovation, open communities and crowd-souring begin to resonate for practicing strategist that aspire to increase participation, inclusivity and transparency of the strategy process. This panel session reports an open strategy approach adopted by Ericsson. The panelist will present results that inform our understanding of opportunities and challenges of opening strategy. The panel will also discuss if open strategy initiatives genuinely replace and disrupt the conventional strategy formulation processes or just complement the conventional approach.

    • Heraldo Sales Cavalcante, Ericsson
    • Saeed Khanagha, Ericsson
    • Johan Myrberger, Ericsson
    • Luciano Oviedo, Intel
    • Krsto Pandza, University of Leeds
  • OPTION 2: SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUNDS: A FORCE FOR EVOLUTION OR REVOLUTION IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY?

    Norway’s sovereign wealth fund (SWF) today is valued at approximately 1 trillion US dollars, making it the largest SWF among others in its class from the U.A.E., China and Singapore, to name a few. Apart from its large size, Norway’s SWF stands out for its transparency, responsible investment principles and active ownership strategies vis-à-vis its investees worldwide. Despite their large and growing footprint, relatively little is known about the strategic, financial, and regulatory implications of SWFs in the global economy. Against this backdrop, this panel brings together a wide range of experts in the fields of international business, corporate governance, law, international finance and corporate social responsibility to share their research findings, experiences and perspectives on SWFs.  In this manner, the panel will help shed light on the evolution of SWFs and how they might be revolutionizing the transnational role of national governments and institutional investors more broadly.

    • Ruth Aguilera, Northeastern University
    • Larry Catá Backer, Penn State University
    • Jeanett Bergan, PricewaterhouseCoopers AS
    • Gurneeta Vasudeva, University of Minnesota
    • Geoffrey Wood, University of Essex
  • OPTION 3: DIGITALIZATION AND THE INTERNATIONALIZATION PROCESS

    The focus of the panel will be on implications of digitalization for the internationalization process. How does digitalization impact, e.g., entry mode choice, foreign market learning, liabilities of foreignness and outsidership, and the feasibility of gradual and ‘born global’ modes of internationalization? How do the characteristics of digitalization, such as disintermediation and generativity shape and extend opportunities for value co-creation over national borders?

    • Julian Birkinshaw, London Business School
    • Frank Elter, Telenor ASA
    • Liena Kano, Haskayne Business School, University of Calgary
    • Marcus Moller Larsen, Copenhagen Business School
    • Torben Pedersen, Bocconi University